Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2014

A Day ON, Not a Day OFF

Save the date for next year's MLK Day of Service:
Monday, January 19, 2015

THANK YOU, Boston for a fantastic day! An over-capacity crowd of more than 500 volunteers of all ages made a big difference in the community. Looking to do more in 2014? We encourage other prospective volunteers to sign up for one of our upcoming New Volunteer Orientations to get activitated as a Boston Cares volunteer and have access to our Calendar of 175+ volunteer opportunites every month.

Media Coverage and Photos of the 2014 MLK Day:

Mass Service Alliance MLK Twitter Feed
Boston Breakers Goalie Alyssa Naeher and Target volunteers building toddler beds

General Morning or Afternoon Shift
Sign up to Quilt and Sew

Sign up to Make Toddler Beds
Sign up to Wrap Books
New Volunteer Orientation Session and get activated to participate in more than 175 volunteer opportunities each month.

Members of the press wishing to cover the event, please contact Kirsten Alexander, Director of Development &
 Marketing at  617-422-0910x210  or

Monday, January 20th, 2014
Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center (Directions)
1350 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120
Shift 1 starting at 10 a.m., Second shift at 1:30 p.m.

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 2014, 400+ volunteers will meet community needs focused on children, education and homelessness. Our education projects will support elementary school student learning by creating math flash cards; Rainbow Fish kits; and “lap desks” that students can use where they live if there is no comfortable space for them to do homework. Homelessness projects will support children transitioning to a home by building toddler beds and creating bedtime kits.

We are especially excited to be launching a new project at this event assembling high-quality hardwood toddler beds for low-income children.

Our event will have two shifts, engaging a total of 400 volunteers of all ages in portable volunteering projects that will benefit 1,000 children served by several Boston-area partners. Volunteers will:

• Build and paint/stain 50 beds for toddlers who do not have a bed (older teens and adults only on this project.)
• Assemble 500 math flash card kits to improve elementary school student learning.
• Create and assemble 360 "Rainbow Fish" arts and crafts kits to encourage creative learning in after-school programs, schools, and other agencies benefitting youth
• Create 120 lap desks for youth without a comfortable home study space.
• Sew 192 hand-decorated quilt squares into at least 8 quilts.
• Create 100 bedtime kits for children that each include a decorated pillowcase, a handcrafted bear with fleece blanket, a paperback book covered in plastic to protect them, and a kid-friendly toiletry kit.

On Monday, January 20th, 2014 Boston Cares partnered with the City of Boston, will be celebrating the life and legacy of MLK Jr. through various volunteer service opportunities. We will gather at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center and we ask that individuals, families, troops, clubs and other groups come out and help us honor MLK Jr. and make a positive difference in our community! 

There is no charge for this event, but pre-registration is required.

Participants will be able to engage in different activities that will benefit the clients of agencies throughout the Boston Metro area, all the while learning more about various struggles for civil rights in America's history. There will be a variety of different projects and many people coming together to serve their communities and celebrate their differences. 

This is a family friendly event, with two different shifts of service times to make volunteering flexible and fun!  Here's a video about the 2013 day of service.

Shift 1: 10-12
New Volunteer Orientation: 12:00-12:30
Shift 2: 1:30-3:30
New Volunteer Orientation: 3:30-4:00

This project is open to Pending members who have registered with Boston Cares. You do not need to have attended an orientation. Boston Cares will host a complimentary New Volunteer Orientation at 12:30 for those who would like to continue to volunteer with Boston Cares.

T-Accessible, Orange line: Roxbury Crossing

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 Kelly Dwyer with any questions:
, 617-422-0910 x 206.