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Celebration and Service Opportunities for MLK Day Jan. 18

The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday on Jan. 18 is a time when the nation pauses to remember Dr. King’s life and work, but also to honor his legacy by making the holiday a day of community service, “a day on, not a day off.”

The VCU MLK Celebration Week

The VCU community established The MLK Celebration Week in 2014 to honor and raise awareness of the life and legacy of Dr. King through VCU and Richmond community-wide educational programs that commemorate his distinguished contributions, leadership, spirit of service and dedication to nonviolence and justice. There will be service opportunities, a community dinner and a video essay content.

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VCU AmeriCorps Celebration and Luncheon

VCU AmeriCorps, in collaboration with Richmond AmeriCorps Alums, will host a celebration and luncheon Jan. 18 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Second Presbyterian’s Walk-In Neighbors to honor Dr. King’s commitment to service.The celebration will take place at Second Presbyterian Church, located at 5 N. 5th St.

VCU and community members are welcome to join the celebration service or volunteer to help prepare and serve luncheon guests. For event information, contact Jenny Callear at Sign-up to volunteer

HandsOn Greater Richmond

Opportunities within the larger community include Fun & Games with Seniors with Circle Center Adult Day Services, Medical Supply Re-Org with Richmond Wildlife Center, Operation Yard Beautification with project:HOMES and more!

HandsOn Greater Richmond, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and University of Richmond's Bonner Center for Civic Engagement will also host a special showing of Selma on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre.

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The Corporation for National & Community Service

The national organization provides service event registration and search options, along with educational materials.

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All For Good

Search local and national MLK service activities at