We’ve been sharing with you Martin Luther King Day of Service New Jersey events since 2012. These are great community service projects for families in New Jersey. Take a look at this year’s NJ Martin Luther King Day of Service projects.
What are you doing to help others?
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 15.
It’s a common joke that our national holidays lose their meanings and just become another reason for stores to have sales. It’s tempting (and sometimes necessary) to sleep in, turn on the television and relax, and let the day slide by. If you’re looking for ways to involve your children in community service, spend this year’s Martin Luther King Day as a Martin Luther King Day of Service, a day on, not a day off!
Martin Luther King Day of Service
Martin Luther King Day became a national holiday in 1983, and in 1995 a Martin Luther King Day of Service was established. In 2014, hundreds of thousands of Americans participated in the Martin Luther King Day of Service with food drives, pet supply drives, greeting card workshops, blood drives, community cleanups – all are community service and most can involve children! If you can’t find a specific Martin Luther King Day of Service event, shop for a food drive, or clean up a park on your own or with a group of friends counts as well. For more information about Martin Luther King Jr., visit the Scholastic Martin Luther King Day site, partnered with the Corporation for National & Community Service.
Martin Luther King Day of Service New Jersey Events
- If you’re in Union County, sign up for one of the many Scotch Plains/Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service events. Past events included making cards for first responders, sandwiches for the Salvation Army, or snack packs for a kids club.
- Atlantic County families are invited to the New Day Family Success Center for MLK Day Celebration!
- The Princeton Arts Council will host a day of workshops, performances and discussions that is open to the public.
- Jersey Cares shares events such as coat sorting in Edison, socializing with seniors in Hanover, a school makeover in Newark and more. Also search allforgood.org for more volunteer locations and opportunities. The Corporation for National & Community Service offers more as well!
- Rutgers – Camden has a campus-wide event open to the public as well as students. There will be food sorting, neighborhood clean up, and a food drive.
- Get $5 (or free, for Newark residents) admission at the Newark Museum on January 15, and participate in a scavenger hunt and crafts celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. At 1 PM the film I Shall Not Be Silent will be screened.
- Head to Philadelphia for $5 admission at the National Constitution Center.
- Just want to spend the day appreciating some natural beauty? In honor of MLK Day this Monday, all national parks will be fee-free! You can click over to see our listing of National Parks in New Jersey.
- Wall Township Community Service Event at the Wall Intermediate School from 9AM – 12 PM on Monday January 15th will be collecting nonperishable food items, diapers, pet supplies and gently used clothing. Donations will be distributed to the Manasquan Food Pantry, Pick Your Paw Rescue, Associated Humane Societies, Child Care Resources of Monmouth County and Your Grandmother’s Cupboard.
- Get outside for your day of service and “clear the way for spring” at Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit. Or stay inside the arboretum and make cards for hospital patients.
- Feeling creative? Volunteers are needed in Plainfield to paint murals throughout Hubbard Middle School and in Jersey City to paint throughout Dickinson High School, and at Napier Academy in Paterson.
- Nothing near you? Check out the list of toolkits provided by nationalservice.gov, or search Jersey Family Fun for ways to involve your children in community service!