Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2015

A Day ON, Not a Day OFF

Thank you to the 600+ volunteers who attended our MLK Day of Service at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, including Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, dozens of Target employees, more than 50 AmeriCorps members and alumni, and lots of kids. It was an amazing day of service! Check out our Facebook page for photos and related links.

Missed this year's event? We encourage you to become a member of Boston Cares! Register online, and sign up for one of our upcoming New Volunteer Orientations to get activated as a Boston Cares volunteer and have access to our Calendar of 200+ volunteer opportunities every month, including many family-friendly activities.

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Boston Cares runs this fun, flexible, free, meaningful and family-friendly event each year. Here’s what you need to know:


Date: Monday, January 19th, 2015
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Location: Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, 75 Malcolm X Boulevard, Building 4 (GYM), Boston, MA (T-Accessible, Orange Line Roxbury Crossing stop)

On MLK Day 2015, 600+ volunteers will meet community needs focused on children and homelessness. Our youth-serving projects will include Bedtime Dream Kits that include a Dream Catcher and Dream Journal to inspire goal setting and achievement, and lap desks that students can use where they live if there is no comfortable space for them to do homework. These products will be donated along with volunteer-built toddler and twin beds and handmade quilts to children transitioning out of homelessness and into their new homes.

This event is open to volunteers who have registered at, but you do not need to attend an orientation to participate in this event.

We are running several projects:

·         General, Family-Friendly Projects (Dream Kits, Lap Desks, Valentines for Seniors) THESE PROJECTS ARE FULL

·         Toddler Bed Construction THIS PROJECT IS FULL

·         Quilt-making (for experienced sewers with a sewing machine)

·         New Volunteer Orientation (attend if you’d like to become a Boston Cares member and sign up for more future projects!) THIS ORIENTATION IS FULL

This year we will offer a Family Zone area in partnership with PlayWorks. Playworks AmeriCorps members will provide younger volunteers and their family members an interactive area to learn about inclusive play, learn about the peaceful messages of Dr. King, and participate in an additional, extra-youth friendly project, making Valentines for isolated seniors. The Family Zone is available by drop in to all registered participants.

Please click on the links above to sign up for these projects. Pre-registration is required in order to attend and registration is now FULL. These opportunities are open to individuals, families, children ages 5+, and groups. Please click here for detailed information on signing up as a group or family. (Again registration is full, but save the date for next year's MLK Day on Monday, January 18, 2016!)

We hope that you will be able to join us at our MLK Day of Service event, and we are looking forward to another fun and impactful year. Let’s make a difference together!


T-Accessible, Orange line: Roxbury Crossing

Free event parking is available behind the school. Registered participants will receive details by email.

If you are under 18 years old, you will need to bring a signed waiver in order to participate. Please download this and have a parent sign it -- you will need this in order to participate! 

Please email or call us with any questions:
, 617-422-0910 x 206.


Members of the press are welcome to cover the event. For media inquiries only, please contact Kirsten Alexander, Director of Development & Marketing at  617-422-0910 x210  or 

About this National Day of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
Each year, Boston Cares volunteers join Americans across the country to answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an iconic civil rights leader who believed that every person can make a difference in their community. His teachings were about alleviating poverty, ending racism and uniting communities in understanding and love.  On MLK Day 2015, 600+ volunteers will meet community needs focused on children, seniors, education, and homelessness.