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Published: 10 January 2024

1. Volunteer for a Local Service Project:

One of the most direct ways to make a positive impact is by volunteering for a local service project. Many communities organize events such as food drives, neighborhood cleanups, or educational initiatives on MLK Day. Reach out to local organizations, schools, or community centers to find opportunities to contribute your time and skills. Through planting trees, mentoring students, or painting little libraries, your active involvement fosters a sense of unity and shared responsibility.

2. Support a Community Organization:

Consider supporting a community organization that aligns with Dr. King’s vision of justice and equality. This could involve making a donation, contributing essential items, or offering your skills to help with their initiatives. Local nonprofits, advocacy groups, and community centers often rely on the support of volunteers and donors to continue their work. Take the time to research organizations in your area, and choose one that resonates with your values.

3. Support Minority-Owned Businesses:

Take the opportunity on MLK Day to support minority-owned businesses in your community. Whether it’s grabbing a meal from a local restaurant, shopping at a Black-owned boutique, or utilizing services from minority entrepreneurs, your support contributes to the economic empowerment of underrepresented communities. In choosing to spend your money within these businesses, you contribute to building a more inclusive and equitable local economy.

4. Share Knowledge and Educate:

MLK Day is an excellent opportunity to engage in educational initiatives that promote awareness and understanding. Consider organizing or participating in workshops, discussions, or seminars on topics such as civil rights, social justice, or diversity and inclusion. Sharing your knowledge and encouraging conversations contributes to creating an informed and compassionate community.

5. Acts of Kindness:

Sometimes, the most impactful actions are the simplest ones. Use MLK Day as an opportunity to perform random acts of kindness within your neighborhood. Consider helping an elderly neighbor with chores, delivering meals to those in need, or offering a kind word to someone experiencing a difficult time. These gestures can create a ripple effect of positivity and strengthen the bonds within your community.


Tickets are still available for The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast held January 15 at the Oregon Convention Center. Celebrate with community leaders, elected officials, local professionals, students and neighbors. Purchase tickets here

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