Volunteer! MLK Day of Service

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”  This year, you can answer that question by taking part in MLK Day of Service on January 21st – and yes, you can bring the kids!

Our friends at Hands On Greater Portland – a fabulous site that gathers volunteer opportunities from across the greater Portland area – have put together a list of some kid-friendly options for giving back this MLK Day (which falls on Monday, January 21 this year).   And if you aren’t available that day, have no fear – read to the bottom of the post for some fun ongoing projects that are specifically for families with young children.

Please note that all of these opportunities require advance registration.  Click the links to register and to learn more.

For MLK Weekend of Service Event on January 21

Kids! Spruce Up Tualatin Library (age 6+) *MLK Weekend*

Weatherize Homes with the Community Energy Project (age 10+) *MLK Weekend*

Plant Neighborhood Trees in SE Portland (age 6+) *MLK Weekend*

Plant Neighborhood Trees in Laurelhurst/Tabor Area (age 6+) *MLK Weekend*

NW Third Saturday Litter & Graffiti Clean Up (age 3+) *MLK Weekend*

Restore the Mitchell Creek Area (age 8+) *MLK Weekend*

Show Peninsula Park Community Center Some Love! (age 0+) *MLK Weekend*

Feed Seniors’ Pets (age 8+) *MLK Weekend*

Get Out and Garden! (age 10+) *MLK Weekend*

Get Books to Children at Children’s Book Bank (age 6+) *MLK Weekend*

Neighborhood Cleanup with Hacienda (age 10+) *MLK Weekend*

Putting the Garden To Bed at Jardines de la Paz (age 10+) *MLK Weekend*

Champion Literacy at Ft. Vancouver Library (age 5+) *MLK Weekend*

Recycle Electronics with Free Geek (age 10+) *MLK Weekend*

TLC Farm Medicinal Plant Restoration (age 5+) *MLK Weekend*

Restore Barrows Park! (age 10+) *MLK Weekend*

Creating Necklaces with NAYA (age 10+) *MLK Weekend*

Free the Trees at NE Neighborhood Park (age 10+) *MLK Weekend*

Socialize with Cats & Dogs (age 12+) *MLK Weekend*

Potluck In The Park (age 12+) *MLK Weekend*

Pitch-in at Tigard Library! (age 8+) *MLK Weekend*

Kids! Spruce Up Tualatin Library (age 6+) *MLK Weekend*

Plant Native Trees along I-205 with Friends of Trees (age 6+) *MLK Weekend*

Plant Native Trees in Tualatin with Friends of Trees (age 6+) *MLK Weekend*

Spruce Up Tryon Creek Park (age 6+) *MLK Weekend*

Help Restore the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge Wetlands! (age 1+) *MLK Weekend*

Stock the Pantry at Oregon Food Bank (age 10+) *MLK Weekend*

Preserve a Wetland in Vancouver! (age 5+) *MLK Weekend*

Put Down Roots in Tualatin (age 5+) *MLK Weekend*

Polish the Hillsboro Library (age 10+) *MLK Weekend*

Bink-A-Thon: Make Blankets for Children! (age 5+) *MLK Weekend*

Stock the Pantry at SnowCap (age 10+) *MLK Weekend*

Stock the Pantry at Oregon Food Bank (age 6+) *MLK Weekend*

 

Ongoing projects that are specifically for families with young children

Kids! Create Care Packages @ Buckman (age 4+) *Hands On*

Kids! Sorting Party @ Buckman (age 4+) *Hands On*

Kids! Spruce Up Tualatin Library (age 6+) *Hands On*

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Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at www.runknitlove.com.
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