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19 Resources and Ideas to Celebrate MLK Day of Service Virtually

Here are a few ways you can virtually serve in honor of MLK Day.

By The TFA Editorial Team

January 13, 2021

Resources and Ideas to Celebrate MLK Day of Service Virtually

This week we celebrate and honor the work, life, and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This national holiday isn't simply a day off but "a day on" to volunteer and give back to our communities and causes that matter to each of us.

As an AmeriCorps program, Teach For America’s mission is one that embodies service and community. With many quarantined and as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, we’ve gathered a list of virtual service ideas and resources to help you pay it forward from the safety of your home. 

What You Can Do Nationally

  • Volunteer to transcribe historical documents through the Smithsonian Digital Volunteer program
  • Use Catchafire to access flexible, virtual volunteer opportunities that exercise your skill sets and support causes you hold dear.
  • Become a National Park Services web volunteer! NPS is on the lookout for people to test and evaluate web products to enhance and improve their online offerings. 
  • Explore AARP’s database of virtual volunteer opportunities across the country. 
  • Write letters to seniors who are in self-isolation. Letters Against Isolation is a great resource that serves thousands of seniors in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, and Israel in isolation due to pandemic. 
  • Connect with first-responder heroes. Operation Gratitude’s #VirtualVolunteerism campaign allows you the opportunity to support deployed troops, National Guardsmen, first responders, and emergency medical personnel on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Volunteer to answer questions from students who want to be you when they grow up. CareerVillage.org's mission is to democratize career readiness by giving professionals a platform to give career information and advice to underrepresented youth.
  • Send your message of health and healing to a child awaiting surgery through the World Pediatric Project
  • Sign up to be a virtual tutor with UPchieve. The free, online platform connects low-income students in the U.S. with live, volunteer coaches. 
  • Transcribe historical documents for the Library of Congress with By the People. Founded in 2018, By the People is a volunteer initiative to improve search, readability, and access to handwritten and typed documents for everyone, including people who are not fully sighted.

Community-Based Service

  • Search MLKDay.gov. Spearheaded by AmeriCorps, the site allows you to search MLK Day virtual volunteer opportunities in your community and explore numerous other partnerships, resources, and more. 
  • Hold a no-contact coat drive in your area via One Warm Coat
  • Launch a virtual reading series, book club, or silent book club in your community.
  • Access VolunteerMatch's COVID-19 Resource Hub to search its growing directory of COVID-19-specific and virtual volunteering opportunities.
  • Use Point Lights’ All for Good database to search thousands of local volunteer opportunities or to create and launch a project of your own. 
  • Search by zip code to explore virtual volunteer opportunities with the American Red Cross
  • Sponsor a card-writing session for veterans through Solider' Angels
  • Host a virtual community knitting or crochet session for Warm Up America
  • Explore the Idealist website for volunteer tasks, COVID-19 efforts, and other locally-based volunteer opportunities.