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Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service NJ Events

We’ve been sharing with you Martin Luther King Jr 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 Jr Day of Service projects.

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Martin Luther King Day of Service NJ

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 17, 2022.

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 Jr Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr Day became a national holiday in 1983, and in 1995 the Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service was established. In 2014 and years after hundreds of thousands of Americans participated in the Martin Luther Jr 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 Jr 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.

2014 making cards for a children's hospital at Be Craftful, Fanwood. Martin Luther King Day of Service New Jersey events
2014 making cards for a children’s hospital at Be Craftful, Fanwood.

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service New Jersey Events

Currently being updated for 2022. Please confirm details with event organizers before heading out to an event. The frequently-changing situation during the pandemic may force some event organizers to make last-minute changes to events.

Donation Drives

Central Jersey Donation Drives for Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service

  • The Wall Township Intermediate School (2801 Allaire Road) will be accepting non perishable food, gently used clothing, prom dresses and tuxedos, diapers and wipes, gently used children’s books, pet supplies, women’s business wear and sports equipment as part of their Day of Service for Wall Township students. Find out more on their Facebook page.

South Jersey Donation Drives for Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service

  • The Volunteer Center of Burlington County will host a 16th Annual MLK Day Challenge – Monday, January 17th 2022 at Burlington County Library- Main Branch – 5 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton, NJ – 10 am TO 3 pm. They will be doing a number of collection drives from that location.
    • Food Collection for the Oaks Integrated Food Pantry
    • Animal Supplies Collection for Burlington County Animal Shelter
    • Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey Collection
    • For more details on the types of items being collected please visit their MLK Day Challenge page.

New Jersey Volunteer Events & Community Service for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

These organizations have opportunities to volunteer on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service throughout New Jersey.

North Jersey

  • Warren County’s Northeast Branch Library will host a day of service on Saturday January 18. No registration is required, find out more in our calendar event.
  • The Mission Continues Project doesn’t have events in New Jersey, but there are opportunities in New York and Philadelphia. Check the website for more information.
  • Get outside for your day of service. On Monday, January 17, 2022, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, families can stop by the Reeves Reed Arboretum (on the patio outside the Stackhouse Education Center) to pick up supplies to create a Valentine Card for essential workers. Find out more details on our Calendar of Events or at their link.

Central New Jersey

  • The Princeton Arts Council will host a Martin Luther King Jr. event on Monday, Jan 17 from 10 am-12 pm, guests will safely gather at the ACP for a free, outdoor event featuring breakfast, crafts, and food drive. Learn more in this Calendar of Event listing or on their webpage.
  • Sign up for a 2022 drop off service project with West Windsor Arts.  Check out their website for project ideas.
  • Spend MLK Day in Nature as you and the family provide community service together. Friends of Princeton Open Space, a nonprofit dedicated to land preservation, is hosting a Day of Service in Nature in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, January 17, help them continue the work on the Riparian Restoration Project: Restore the Lakeshore! at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve in Princeton, New Jersey. Volunteers will work under the guidance of our Natural Resources and Stewardship Director, Anna Corichi, to identify and remove invasive plants species, such as burning bush (Euonymus alatus) and multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora). Volunteers will also install deer-exclusion caging around native tree and shrub saplings to protect them from browse and rut. Learn more in their Eventbrite event listing.
  • The Long Branch Library invites all Long Branch families to assist in a service project for the community. Refreshments will be served. For more information click here.

South Jersey

  • Participate in a Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service in Ocean City on January 17. Volunteers are asked to participate in a citywide cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign-up and supply distribution will take place at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center. Learn more in our Calendar of Events listing or the Ocean City Vacation website.

Other Martin Luther King Jr Day Events for Kids in New Jersey

South Jersey

  • Christus Lutheran Church in Camden will hold their annual celebration to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr on Sunday January 19, 2020.  This event is for ALL AGES! Kids, Teens, Individuals & Families.

Other Martin Luther King Jr Day Events for Kids Near New Jersey

  • The National Constitution Center will be open outside of normal operating hours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 17, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission will be free. There are concerts, crafts, speeches and more planned throughout the day. Learn more at the National Constitution Center website.

Virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

  • Stockton University is also hosting a day of community service. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is Stockton University’s signature Annual Day of Service. On campus projects are restricted to students. Community members, partners, and alumni are welcome to register for one of the virtual projects for the day. More information can always be found at www.stockton.edu/mlkday, by emailing nicole.bilotti@stockton.edu or calling the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning 609-652-4256.
  • There are not any family programs for Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Newark Museum of Art but there is a program for adults on Sunday, January 16, 2022.

Giveaways & Freebies in New Jersey

12 Places Kids can volunteer in NJ

Nothing near you? Check out the list of toolkits provided by nationalservice.gov, or read our 12 Places Kids Can Volunteer in New Jersey for ways to involve your children in community service!

Martin Luther King Day of Service NJ at Imagination Station
The Auer boys during one of their first Martin Luther King Day of Service projects in 2012. We picked a local park and took time to clean it up.

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