MLK Day of Service Events Around The Valley


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Although Monday, Jan. 16, is a national holiday and for many a day off, the National Day of Service organization is encouraging us to make  it a “day on” by volunteering to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are several organized volunteer events around Silicon Valley on Monday—or create your own service event right in your own neighborhood. Even something as small as picking up trash, or performing an act of kindness for a neighbor or stranger, can be your own way of remembering Dr. King.

Below is list of organized events we’ve heard about. Use our contact form or comments section if you’ve heard of other events. And if you do your own act of service, share that with us, too!

United Way Silicon Valley – San Jose

Would you like to help local children get a quality education? Want to help teachers?

Follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr. and make his holiday a “day on” instead of a “day off.” Join others in celebrating the 26th anniversary of the King Federal Holiday on January 16th and volunteer for the MLK Day of Service.

Volunteers will work together to help teachers get the tools they need to inspire their students to learn and succeed.

Event Details:

When:    Monday, January 16th, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where:   Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) Warehouse
1160 Kern Avenue, Sunnyvale 94085
What:     Volunteers will support K-12 teachers in the Bay Area and their students creating a variety of hands-on learning kits to use in the classroom that engage and inspire children.
Why:      Every child deserves a quality education so they can achieve their potential.
Minimum Age: 12 years old

Questions? Contact Alisha Rodrigues.


Community Mitzvah Day – Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto

Join hundreds of your neighbors for a community-wide day of Tikkun Olam (repair of the world) as part of a national day of service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This intergenerational event will feature a range of hands-on service projects; participants will work in small groups on projects addressing issues of poverty, hunger, housing and homelessness, aging, the environment and more.

  • Open to all ages
  • Featuring projects for individuals and familes
  • 25 service projects to choose from

Come on your own or with your family and friends! We look forward to working with you to promote Dr. King’s legacy of tolerance, peace, and equality and increase our community’s commitment to service & justice.  This fun and inspirational day will leave you feeling accomplished and energized!

Pre-registration is required and space is limited in each service project.

For more information, contact Luba Palant at or (650) 223-8656. You can also visit the JCC website.

Assemblymember Paul Fong and NBC Day of Service Event – Santa Clara

Ulistac Natural Area Cleanup
Monday, January 16, 2012
9 a.m. to 12 p.m
4901 Lick Mill Boulevard
(Between Hope Drive and Tasman Drive in Santa Clara. Look for our banner)

This opportunity to give back to our community does not require any experience and only takes a few hours of your time. We will meet at the Parking Lot across the street from Ulistac Natural Area at 9:00 amto pick up trash. Bring comfortable sturdy shoes and wear clothes you can get dirty. We will provide snacks and water.

For more information call the office of Assemblymember Paul Fong: (650) 210-2000 or (408) 277-2003

or visit the website at

Collective Roots Fruit Tree Planting – East Palo Alto

01/16/2012 – 9:00am
01/16/2012 – 12:00pm

On January 16th, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Collective Roots invites volunteers to join in a fruit tree planting from 9AM – 1PM, starting the the East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, 1039 Garden Street, East Palo Alto, CA 94303: we’ll be planting over 70 fruit trees in the community! We’ll be planting a wide variety of trees well suited to the local environment including apples, apricots, avocados, peaches, and more. Be sure to sign up soon and be a part of planting a legacy that will last well into the future. To RSVP email

University Church, Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry – Stanford

Join the community of College Terrace in Palo Alto in making a difference in their community and around the world.

We will meet at the church (1611 Stanford Ave) at 8:30 for coffee and bagels, then break into groups for a variety of tasks (see below), then return to the church for a nice lunch! Our various projects will include (but are not limited to):

1. Watershed Work at Adobe Creek with Acterra

2. Planting Trees with Collective Roots

3. Lunch Prep at St Anthony’s Dining Room

4. Food Sorting at Second Harvest Food Bank (San Carlos) 9am – 11am

5. Advocacy Letter Writing

6. Using old calendars (bring some if you have them) to create picture books for Alzheimer’s patients.

7. Help homebound neighbors with yardwork, etc.

8. Sewing Quilts

9. Wrap Art Supplies for a needy classroom.

Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Day of Service – Sunnyvale

10 a.m., Jan. 16

739 W. Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale

Event is open to all.

Projects include:

Meals for Bill Wilson Center – Prepare meals for the Bill Wilson Center
Care Packages for local homeless – Assemble care packages for Project Homeless Connect
Lunch Packs for Bill Wilson Center and PHC – Prepare to-go lunch boxes for those in need
Decorations for Our Daily Bread Kitchen – Create festive placemats and center pieces
Letters for members of armed services – Write letters of thanks to men and women in armed services
Donated Clothes for FISH Closet – Sort donated clothing to be distributed by Sunnyvale FISH

The church will also be hosting a Coat and Warm Clothing Drive all day
Most needed items:
– Coats – Men’s Pants – Blankets
– Sweaters – Gloves – Sleeping Bags
Donations will go to Sunnyvale FISH closet and EHC Cold Winter Shelter

Find out more at

Community Clean-up – Mountain View

The Day Worker Center of Mountain View is sponsoring a neighborhood clean-up event from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

113 Escuela Ave, Mountain View, CA 94040

(650) 903-4102

Contact: jeannette@­daywo­rkercentermv.­org


Family Service Day -Palo Alto
11am – 3pm, Lytton Plaza, Downtown Palo Alto

To celebrate the legacy of MLK Jr and his teachings of community service,
Youth Community Service along with City of Palo Alto, The Y, Canopy,
Break Through The Static, and other partners, will be hosting a MLK
Family Service Day in Lytton Plaza. There will be various service project
activity tables, live music, and an open mic featuring community artists.

If you have any questions or would like more information about this event, visit the city’s website, or e-mail Alicia Gregory at

Farther Out

Even more opportunities are available in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. To find out more, go to the HandsOn Bay Area website, or the National Day of Service website.