Celebrating Service, Community, and Dr. King's Legacy

Boston Cares' 16th Annual MLK Service Event


Since 2006, Boston Cares has organized A Day ON, Not a Day OFF projects for MLK Day that have collectively engaged nearly 7,000 individuals of all ages from Boston’s neighborhoods and surrounding communities. To continue our tradition of honoring Dr.King's legacy through service in 2021, Boston Cares will host a Community Weekend of virtual opportunities focused on ways to serve and improve our community through educational opportunities, discussions about community issues, volunteer trainings, and remote service.  

Thank you for your interest in the MLK Weeekend!  Registration for events is now closed.  To get involved beyond this weekend, please consider visiting https://www.bostoncares.org/become_a_member to become a Boston Cares volunteer and gain access to opportunities to serve year-round.

 

If you are looking to engage on MLK Day, consider joining our friends at King Boston for the premier of "Voices on King":

Join King Boston and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s virtual celebration streams here at the link below at the MFA site, and on Facebook and YouTube on Monday, January 18 at 5pm. The program, titled “Voices on King,” brings together nonprofit, corporate, and community leaders to share their personal reflections on the current impact and lasting legacies of Dr. King and Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The event also features a musical performance by Danny Rivera and an original poem by poet Porsha Olayiwola.

Voices on King


Training and Information Sessions: 

New Volunteer Orientation - Sessions offered Friday 1/15, Saturday 1/16, Sunday 1/17, and Monday 1/18 - Attend a Boston Cares New Volunteer Orientation with us this MLK Weekend to learn about Boston Cares and how to get involved! Individuals who complete a New Volunteer Orientation have access to approximately 200 service projects each month, ranging from 1 to 6 hours. Our web-based system allows volunteers to register online for projects in advance and also to track and print out their volunteering history. *Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit a completed Parent Guardian Form and email it to volunteers@bostoncares.org by Wednesday, January 13th to participate.*

 

Allies For Immigrants New Tutor Training - Monday 1/18 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm EST - Attend our New Tutor Training, in partnership with English For New Bostonians, to become an Allies for Immigrants ESOL Corps Volunteer. Corps volunteers are a part of a network of volunteers who share a passion for enhancing English skills for adult learners. Volunteers support a classroom teacher, facilitate a small group in an integrated ESOL/technology skills course, lead a conversation group or citizenship class, tutor a student one-on-one, or coordinate Allies for Immigrants tutors at a program. No prior experience in ESOL teaching or tutoring is necessary. Currently, all Allies programming and tutoring opportunities are virtual.

 

Age Strong Training -Since July, Boston Cares has worked in partnership with the City of Boston’s Age Strong Commission to train volunteers to call 80,000 residents of Boston over age 60 and check-in to make sure all of our older residents have access to the food, medication, and assistance they need during this time. This is a 1-hour training that will go over the phone call opportunity, the basic information you should know (including a call script), and resources to make the calls. Our older residents need our support during this time and we appreciate all the assistance in connecting with residents all over the city of Boston.

 

826 Boston Volunteer Training Session - Monday 1/18 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm EST - Join us for an interactive session led by 826 Boston’s Volunteer Engagement Specialists to learn more about their organization and how you can get involved. 826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and life. Volunteers will learn more about 826 Boston’s virtual volunteer opportunities, and how you can help support students to express their ideas creatively, confidently, and in their own voices. *Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit a completed Parent Guardian Form and email it to volunteers@bostoncares.org by Wednesday, January 13th to participate.

 

Food Insecurity during COVID-10: Discussion with the Greater Boston Food Bank - Join us for an interactive session featuring Erin LaMonica, Senior Manager of Community Engagement at the Greater Boston Food Bank, to learn about food distribution and what volunteering and serving looks like now in the fight against food insecurity from COVID-19. The Greater Boston Food Bank has over 650 food sources and helps fight for those battling hunger across Greater Boston. *Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit a completed Parent Guardian Form and email it to volunteers@bostoncares.org by Wednesday, January 13th to participate.

 

Homelessness in the City of Boston Education Session -  Sunday 1/17 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST - Join Boston Cares with Pine Street Inn in an educational and interactive discussion about homelessness, how it has been affected by COVID-19 specifically in the city of Boston, how you can help fight it, how Pine Street Inn has helped the community in the fight against homelessness, and much more. Volunteers can also support Pine Street Inn by participating in their drive. Details are located below at the sign-up button! *Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit a completed Parent Guardian Form and email it to volunteers@bostoncares.org by Wednesday, January 13th to participate.

 

Resolve to Make a Difference with the American Red Cross of Massachusetts in 2021 - Monday 1/18 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm EST - Join the American Red Cross of Massachusetts as they talk with front lines disaster workers about their roles and rewards, along with how they have risen to the challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear about the front-line experiences and the back office support these valuable members of the organization provide.

 

Boston Cares Volunteer Leader Training - Sunday 1/17 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm EST - Becoming a Volunteer Leader is a great way to increase your impact as a volunteer and gain leadership skills. Volunteer Leaders are the backbone of the work we do at Boston Cares. The course will cover how to lead a project, the functionality of our website, and tips for making each volunteer experience engaging and exciting. *This opportunity is for Boston Cares members who have attended 3 Boston Cares Calendar volunteer projects already.

 

 


Virtual Volunteering Opportunities:

Write Cards for Essential Staff and Clients  - Monday 1/18 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm EST - Join with other volunteers virtually to create well-wishes cards for staff and clients at a variety of nonprofits throughout greater Boston. Hear from agency partners what these cards mean to their staff and clients during these challenging times. Please note that volunteers will be asked to create cards and write letters using your own supplies and postage. If this is a barrier to your participation please reach out to us at volunteers@bostoncares.org. *Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit a completed Parent Guardian Form and email it to volunteers@bostoncares.org by Wednesday, January 13th to participate.

 

Make Valentine's Cards for Seniors - Join with other volunteers virtually to create well-wish Valentine's Day cards for seniors throughout the city of Boston. Hear from agency partners what these cards mean to their staff and clients during these challenging times. Please note that volunteers will be emailed a PDF template card to print and use for this activity. If you are unable to print your own cards, volunteers can complete a Google Form upon sign up to request materials to pick up from our office. *Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit a completed Parent Guardian Form and email it to volunteers@bostoncares.org by Wednesday, January 13th to participate.

 

Make Masks for Staff and Clients of Agency Partners - Saturday 1/16 from 11:00 - 12:00 pm EST and Monday 1/18 from 11:00 - 12:00 pm EST - Join with other volunteers virtually to create masks for a variety of nonprofit agency partners to benefit their staff and the people they serve! Volunteers will be shown a video with tips and tricks on how to create masks, and this is also an opportunity to learn from one another during the sessions! Please note that volunteers will be asked to use their own mask making materials. If this is a barrier to your participation in the project, please reach out to volunteers@bostoncares.org. *Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit a completed Parent Guardian Form and email it to volunteers@bostoncares.org by Wednesday, January 13th to participate.

 

Create a Fun and Engaging Skill Video for Children - Monday 1/18 from 10:00 - 11:00 am EST - Volunteers will join a live webinar to hear about the Skill Video project. Due to COVID-19, many youth-serving organizations have had an increased demand for at-home activities and also have had to limit the number of children they can offer in-person activities to. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell has started a Virtual Club and need short videos showing off a skill or talent. Volunteers will join this session to learn how to create a fun and engaging video on a wide variety of topics. Volunteers will then upload and submit their completed video which will be shared by the Club to their members online. *Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit a completed Parent Guardian Form and email it to volunteers@bostoncares.org by Wednesday, January 13th to participate.

 

Record a Storybook Reading for Children - BPS  - Volunteers will join in a zoom session to learn about the storybook read-aloud project. During the session, volunteers will be given instructions on how to access an online library of BPS books in their Focus curriculum geared towards students in grades Pre-K through 2nd. Volunteers will record the audio of themselves reading the storybooks in English or Spanish. Completed videos will be uploaded to a digital library. This library will be shared online with BPS students in grades Pre-K through 2nd. *Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit a completed Parent Guardian Form and email it to volunteers@bostoncares.org by Wednesday, January 13th to

participate.

Record a Storybook Reading for Children - Heading Home - Monday 1/18 from 10:30 to 11:30 am EST - Volunteers will join in a zoom session to learn about the storybook read-aloud project. Volunteers will learn how to record and submit a reading of a picture book to benefit children served by Heading Home.  Heading Home serves homeless and formerly homeless families by providing housing and support services.  Heading Home is requesting tools like storybook recordings to help children stay engaged and continue growing their reading skills, especially during the pandemic. 

 

Knitting for the Greater Good - Monday 1/18 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST - Volunteers will join a virtual knitting circle to create hats and scarves for people in need.  Basic knitting skills recommended - session offers peer support but is not instructional in nature.  Participants will learn about the agency that will receive donations, and where volunteers can send completed items. *Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit a completed Parent Guardian Form and email it to volunteers@bostoncares.org by Wednesday, January 13th to participate.

 


Conversations on Race, Equity, and Community Issues: 

Boston, Speak Up! A Virtual Panel Discussion on Social Justice and Equity with Diversity Leaders from the City of Boston  - Tune in for a panel discussion with three Diversity leaders from the City of Boston, followed by informal small group conversations in break-out rooms. *Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit a completed Parent Guardian Form and email it to volunteers@bostoncares.org by Wednesday, January 13th to participate.

 

Allyship in Practice - Monday 1/18 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST - Join Bryanna Wallace and Autumn Gupta, founders of Justice in June, for a live discussion on active allyship, compassion fatigue, and finding ways to build on your own anti-racism education and action.*Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit a completed Parent Guardian Form and email it to volunteers@bostoncares.org by Wednesday, January 13th to participate.

 

 

Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism. - On-demand activity - Tune in for a pre-recorded conversation hosted as part of Points of Light's new series, in partnership with Morehouse College, designed to empower businesses, nonprofits, and individuals to use their influence to fight against systemic racism.  Participants will be sent a recording of the conversation and a discussion guide for continuing the conversation within their own network. Two conversations are offered, please sign up separately to receive each recording. 

"Moving Forward: Taking Action on Race and Equity" - Panelists include Dr. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center; Frederick J. Riley, executive director of the Aspen Institute's Weave: The Social Fabric Project; and Michael Smith, executive director of My Brother's Keeper Alliance; with a conversation moderated by Points of Light President & CEO, Natalye Paquin and  Dr. David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse College. This discussion features a dialogue about current manifestations and the impact of systemic racism and actions that individuals and organizations can take to dismantle it.

 

"Racial Healing: Understanding Racial Identity, Systemic Racism, and How to Become a Racial Ally" - Speakers include Dr. Anneliese Singh; Doug Osborne, M.A., health educator, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, and moderator Jennifer Nash, vice president, corporate solutions and capacity building, Points of Light.  Anneliese A. Singh, Ph.D., LPC, author, professor, and associate provost for diversity and faculty development at Tulane University, will help raise our race-consciousness by challenging stereotypes, reframing the history of racism and its impact on our lives, and share why healing from racism is an integral part of dismantling it.  Attendees will learn strategies for self-reflection, how oppression happens, and the steps to becoming a racial ally. This conversation is based on Dr. Singh's book, The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing.  Doug Osborne will share how the community of Sitka, Alaska is applying the learnings and activities presented in Dr. Singh's book to confront systemic racism and injustice, building a stronger foundation of mutual respect in the community. 

 


Boston Cares MLK Weekend 2021 is supported by Target, American Tower & Panera