Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King was arguably one of the most important civil rights activist to have ever lived, his teachings put him into the same company as other great leaders including Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. He was an advocate of nonviolent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. King was assassinated in 1968.

Monday, January 18th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Every third Monday in January the United States pauses to honour the birthday of this great American leader with a day of service, remembrance and education.

This year consider doing something that would make Dr. King proud. Volunteer your skills and time with an organization to improve lives around the United States and around the world. Not sure what to do? Here are a few suggestions!

Construction Work

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

Since 1976, Habitat has helped 6.8 million people find strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter. Habitat affiliates build in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each affiliate is an independent, locally managed organization which coordinates local construction and selects partner families without regard to race, religion or ethnic group.

Habitat for Humanity is looking for skilled volunteers in the U.S. Find out how you can serve within their variety of departments, such as communications, human resources, volunteerism and institutional engagement, operations and more. Opportunities are typically available in Americus or Atlanta, Georgia. Visit their website to know more on how to get involved.

Common Ground Garden

Common Ground Garden

Common Ground is a project of Ecology Action, whose mission is to “teach people worldwide to better feed themselves while building and preserving the soil and conserving resources.” Palo Alto Christian Reformed Church owns the land and graciously allows Common Ground to steward the property. Visitors can learn more by taking self-guided tour of Common Ground, enrolling in adult classes or by volunteering at the garden.

Common Ground currently offers one Garden volunteer day per week during fall and spring seasons. Visit their website or check out other volunteering positions on Volunteer Match.

Mentorship, Teaching and Tutorials

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).

SIgn up online to join Big Brothers BIg Sisters of America

Coalition for the homeless

Coalition for the homeless

The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children. We believe that affordable housing, sufficient food and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized.

Coalition is always looking for volunteer Job Coaches and Job Search Counselors – professional women who can mentor and assist their students as they navigate a new work environment. Visit their website to find out how you can help.

Art & Theatre

Articulture

Articulture

ArtiCulture offers quality arts opportunities for both children and adults, at all levels of creative ability, in an inviting and engaging educational environment.

Exploration is encouraged where learning through the creative process in emphasized.

Art culture has a need for Teaching Assistant Volunteers. Visit their website to sign up and to view other volunteer posts.

Art Start

Art Start

Art Start connects New York City’s artists and creatively-minded professionals with marginalized children and youth to make masterpieces. In 24 years, Art Start’s nationally recognized model of arts-education has been powered over 11,000 volunteer artists in NYC.

Art Start needs volunteers that have a background or interest in the arts and a willingness to help lead a project. Volunteers have many ways to contribute to our mission, but the main one is to be a Workshop Volunteer in the Homeless Youth Outreach program. Visit their website to know how you can contribute.

No Limits for Deaf Children

No Limits for Deaf Children

No Limits serves an unmet need in the community by teaching deaf children to confidently speak, achieve, dream, and inspire through its national theatrical program and after-school educational center.

Visit their website for volunteer opportunities.

The Art of Elysium

The Art of Elysium

The Art of Elysium, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1997, encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions. We provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: acting, art, comedy, fashion, music, radio, songwriting and creative writing.

Visit their website to know more about their Volunteer Artist Program

Tree Planting

Trees for the Future

Trees for the Future

Trees for the Future improves the lives of rural people around the world. Through agroforestry, they teach agricultural and sustainable land management practices that not only feed people and help the poor gain income, but also improve the environment and the quality of life. Since its founding, Trees for the Future has planted more than 80 million trees worldwide.

Trees For The Future provides a volunteer program with a wide range of opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, visit their website to sign up.

Tree People

Tree People

TreePeople is a nonprofit organization that is growing a green and climate-resilient Los Angeles, one with enough tree canopy, healthy soil, and clean local water in even our most urban neighborhoods. We work with communities to transform LA’s landscapes into living, healthy watersheds: in homes, neighborhoods and schools, in our local mountains and at our 45-acre park. We also have deep roots working with policymakers to demonstrate new green and viable infrastructure solutions for a sustainable city.

Trees need people, and people need trees – especially in urban areas. Volunteers are needed to help plant and care for trees throughout greater LA. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome and no previous training is necessary. To come to an Urban Forestry event, visit their online calendar.

Empowering Women

Dress for Success

Dress for Success

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 150 cities in 20 countries and has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.

Find your local affiliate here and discover how you can donate clothes, support the organization financially, get involved as a volunteer or help in other ways. If they are not operating in your community yet, learn how to start a Dress for Success in your area!

Food Drive and Feeding Programs

Feed the Children

Feed the Children

Since 1979, Feed the Children has grown into one of the largest U.S.-based charities. We are accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and have a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. By banding together to defeat hunger, we distributed over $344 million in food, essentials, educational supplies, and medicine to over 10 million individuals in the United States and 18 other countries in fiscal year 2013.

Check out how you can spend a little time making a big difference. Then create your volunteer profile online.

Writers

Trusted Clothes

Trusted Clothes

Trusted Clothes is an organization linking people, organizations and brands that are ethical, environmentally friendly and health conscious. We are a group of volunteers with a diverse background in manufacturing, marketing and global issues dedicated to promoting Ethical, Sustainable and Healthy fashion. Trusted Clothes is looking for bloggers, vbloggers, photographers and more to help them spread the ethical fashion message.

Write Girl

Write Girl

WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring organization that promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills to empower teen girls.

Through one-on-one mentoring and monthly creative writing workshops, girls are given techniques, insights and hot topics for great writing in all genres from professional women writers. Workshops and mentoring sessions explore poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, songwriting, journalism, screenwriting, playwriting, persuasive writing, journal writing, editing and more.

WriteGirl is currently seeking women and men writers to empower & inspire diverse teens in our Bold Ink Writers/In-School’s program at various sites around Los Angeles county. The next training will be held Saturday, January 23, 2016. If you have any questions about the mentor program please contact WriteGirl at membership@writegirl.org

826 National

826 National

The 826 National office was established in 2008 to serve the growing educational network by providing strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of the 826 network.

826 National’s chapters offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. They also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Their mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

Micro volunteering opportunities

Live your Dream

Live your Dream

Live Your Dream.org is an online volunteer network, a self-motivated community of people who wish to support women and girls in their quest to lead better lives, while gaining inspiration in their own lives. You choose your cause and course of action based on how much time you have. We give you the tools online to take action offline in your own community. It’s free and there is no commitment required. You can do what you want, when you want; whether it’s hosting your own awareness campaign or working one-on-one with a woman in need, you choose your own adventure!

Idealist.org

Idealist org

Idealist.org is the number one resource helping people find careers, internships, and volunteer opportunities with nonprofits. Founded in 1995, they now have more than 100,000 organizations and more than a million users.

Read about how your design skills can help change the world here.

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