Since 1986, Americans have been celebrating the life, work, and impact of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. More recently, it’s become more than a day off, but a day on — the National MLK Day of Service.

Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

As preservationists, we know the history of a place cannot always be seen, but it can be felt – it is the soul of a community. Volunteer to take action to support equity in and around your community.


The Corporation for National and Community Service hosts a database of all the Day of Service volunteer opportunities registered throughout the country. Is your schedule already booked on MLK Day? That’s okay! Thousands of organizations around the country are looking for help year-round. Search today for volunteer opportunities and get connected to an organization near you.

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