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MLK Day of Service: Make it a day on, not a day off

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The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, marks the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy.

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.

While we might not gather in the numbers we usually do, HandsOn Greater Phoenix invites you to join us in using the holiday as a time to learn, listen, and reflect on the racial injustice that still exists in our country. 

HandsOn Greater Phoenix has listed a variety of projects, resources, and events to help us build Dr. King’s vision of the “Beloved Community”.

Our annual MLK Project Vitamin C is available for sign ups! Enjoy a morning picking citrus to be donated to local food banks. A great project for the entire family! Volunteer numbers are limited, so sign up today!

Join us for a community conversation about how to engage with Points of Light’s Civic Lift Circle! Our MLK Sunday Supper will kick off a 10 part series to learn from each other, gain perspective, and create an action plan to build a beloved community.

Join us on Monday Jan 18th at the IRC Welcome Center to help organize their donation room and get things ready for the year! Sign up here!


The City of Surprise is hosting a virtual program celebrating the life and work of MLK. The event is featuring an interview with civil rights activist, Ambassador Andrew Young. 

Points of Light’s “Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism” January conversation is lead by Dr. Anneliese Singh. Sign up for workshop, “Racial Healing: Understanding Racial Identity, Systemic Racism, and How to Become a Racial Ally“. Get Dr. Singh’s book locally from Changing Hands!


ASU has compiled a list of MLK’s books, speeches, and videos.

The Arizona Community Foundation has a list of  Black led organiziations to help us lift voices of the Black Community.

Sign up to participate in the MLK 40 Days of Peace challenge

Challenge your neighborhood to a Front Porch Food Drive

Support a local minority owned business.

Looking for children’s books on diversity, equity, and inclusion? We Need Diverse Books has you covered.

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