As President Obama takes the oath of office on January 21, let’s not forget the man who inspired the cultural shift that made that possible. Pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, a Day of Service, by giving back to our community. After all (here comes the obligatory MLK quote), “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'”
Here are a few inspiring volunteer opportunities:
Compile Care Packages for Disaster Victims. Though Haiti isn’t represented on the Center of the Universe guidepost, Fremont will devote itself to the island nation’s hurricane disaster victims on Monday. Volunteers will assemble sanitation kits, hear speakers, and learn how to get involved locally as well. Free lunch and prize drawings. Fremont MLK Day of Service, 10–4.
Liberate Trees from the Clutches of Ivy. Hey, it’s a start. EarthCorps needs your muscle to clear some of the fierce, glossy vines from the Cheasty Greenspace across Beacon Hill and Columbia City. Volunteers who aren't inclined to whack-a-vine may plant, weed, or mulch. A celebration follows, complete with speakers and lunch. Cheasty Greenspace: MLK Weekend Signature Event, 10–2.
Offer Makeovers to Homeless Women. Lend a hand to the wonderful ladies at Mary’s Place, whether it’s by styling hair, painting nails, or teaching them about the wonderful world of makeup. It’s a special day of pampering that everyone could use. Beauty Day at Mary's Place, 9–1:30.
Woo the Woods with Live Music. Seattle’s biggest contiguous green space—the West Duwamish Greenbelt—is eager to mother some seedlings. To the lullaby of a live band, volunteers can help the Nature Consortium plant native greenery and spread mulch to keep them safe. MLK Day of Service in the Forest, 10–2.
Revitalize Parks with Native Plants. Volunteers will help Greenway Nursery in Issaquah pot indigenous plants for use in local parks and along I-90. Morning, afternoon, and full-day shifts available. Celebrate MLK Day at Our Native Plant Nursery, 9–3.
If you dream of having time to volunteer on MLK Day…
Stop by the Pep Rally for the MLK Day of Service. Even if you don’t have the day off on Monday, drop by UW’s newly remodeled Husky Union Building (HUB) for breakfast and to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s service. MLK Day of Service Kickoff, 8–9am.
Free Museum Admission and a Show. Admission to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma will be complimentary all day in honor of the civil rights maverick. Arrive at 2pm for Book-It Repertory Theatre’s touring show, Never Forgotten, a lyrical tale of a father whose son is taken into slavery. Washington State History Museum, 10–5.