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 18, 2021.
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 the Martin Luther King Day of Service was established. In 2014 and years after 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
Central Jersey Donation Drives for Martin Luther King 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 Day of Service
- The Volunteer Center of Burlington County will host a drop off event this year, and they ask for items for the following: Food Collection for the Oaks Integrated Food Pantry, Animal Supplies Collection for Burlington County Animal Shelter, Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey, and greeting cards for residents of assisted living living facilities. See their website for specific items requested.
Volunteer Events & Community Service for Martin Luther King Day of Service
- Jersey Cares shares virtual volunteer ideas. Also search allforgood.org for more volunteer locations and opportunities. The Corporation for National & Community Service offers more as well!
- If you’re in Union County, sign up for one of the many Scotch Plains/Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service events. Events include making valentines for veterans, sandwiches for a food pantry, a sock and food drive, and a zoom story time.
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 in Newark will offer a service project on January 20. Check the website for more information.
- Get outside for your day of service. On Monday, January 18, 2021, 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 in this link.
Central New Jersey
The First United Methodist Church of Hightstown offers service projects from 10 AM – 12 PM – writing cheerful notes, assembling care items and more. Registration requested.
- Sign up for a 2021 drop off service project with West Windsor Arts. Check out their website for project ideas.
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.
Other Martin Luther King Day Events for Kids in New Jersey
Atlantic County families are invited to the New Day Family Success Center for MLK Day Celebration! 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.
Virtual Martin Luther King Day Events
The Princeton Arts Council offers a free MLK themed coloring book for pickup, a virtual story time and an art installation in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- The museum is closed, but enjoy virtual music, art and crafting from the Newark Museum of Art on January 18, 2021. See the link for details.
- This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, sign up for a free, live virtual class, with the National Constitution Center on the civil rights movement. For the week of January 18, students explore the civil rights movement; the Warren Court; and landmark laws enacted by Congress like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Learn more at the National Constitution Center website.
- Gather as a family on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021 for a virtual storytime with the Arts Council of Princeton and jaZams!jaZams’ Jeff and Dean will treat attendees to some favorite new books celebrating stories of social justice, civil rights, and equality for all people, accompanied by ukelele tunes! Longtime Princeton resident and community volunteer Dana Hughes Moorhead and daughter Eme will join us as special guest readers to share their love of writing and reading with our community. Books featured will include “Charlie Parker Played Be Bop” by Chris Raschka, “I am Every Good Thing” by Derrick Barnes, and “The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver” by Gene Barretta. REGISTER: http://bit.ly/2KWHjOW.