MLK Day of Service

Make It A Day On, Not A Day Off

Monday, January 15, 2018, 8:30am - 12:00pm, Arlington Career Center

Free to attend, but registration is requested to select your service assignment.

Join Volunteer Arlington for MLK Day of Service where you will help strengthen and empower our community. With local nonprofit and county partners, we will have hands-on service projects for all ages as well as on-site training opportunities for those looking for long-term volunteering.

Instead of taking a day off, let’s all make this holiday a “day on” and work together to move closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”


Event Agenda

8:30am: Check-in at the Arlington Career Center (816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA 22204). During check-in, there will be activities for all ages which remind us of Dr. King's dream of creating a beloved community.

9:00am: Program begins

9:30am: Travel to a specific service project or volunteer training. Participants select their individual service project when registering for the event. There are a variety of options, and details for each service opportunity or volunteer training are mentioned on the registration form. Depending on the opportunity, some will be held at the Arligntion Career Center or at Patrick Henry Elementary School, located accross the parking lot; others will require participants to transport themselves to a designated location.

10:00am - 12:00pm: Service project or volunteer training


Service Projects

Many thanks to our partners who are hosting service projects or volunteer training.
Their work is vital in working towards building Dr. King's Beloved Community!

  • AFAC: Volunteers of all ages* will be bagging food for Arlington residents in need.
    Location: AFAC
  • Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment: By cleaning up trash and debris, volunteers of all ages* will work to make our largest stream watershed trash-free.
    Location: Barcroft Park and along Four Mile Run Drive
  • ASPIRE! Afterschool Learning: Volunteers of all ages* will be sorting and labeling books which have been donated to ASPIRE's new reading program. Location: Arlington Career Center
  • Bridges to Independence: A scavenger hunt for all ages*! While at the Career Center, volunteers will meet with a representative from Bridges to Independence to briefly learn about the organization. Volunteers will then be invited to purchase a few items they would like to go into Welcome Kits that will be assembled for Bridges to Independence families. After heading to a local store to buy the items (volunteers will decide how much they would like to contribute; no contribution will be too little or small!), volunteers will regather at the Career Center to assemble the Welcome Kits for Bridges to Independence. Location: Arlington Career Center and nearby local store of your choosing
  • Culpepper Garden: An intergenerational event, bringing together people of all ages* to play BINGO and engage in other activities with the residents of Culpepper Garden.
    Location: Culpepper Garden
  • Just Neighbors: Assist with a screening clinic where volunteers will collect data from people who are looking for support with immigration legal services. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this service project.
    Location: Arlington Career Center

*Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Volunteer Training

Opportunities for volunteers to receive training and become long term volunteers with nonprofit and county partners.

  • Alliance for Housing Solutions: Join the Alliance for Housing Solutions in a volunteer training for Arlington for Everyone, a campaign to increase public awareness through sparking a community dialogue about the role of housing affordability and options in maintaining a diverse, sustainable and economically vibrant community in Arlington. 
  • Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH): Volunteer with APAH! Join us on MLK Day of Service for an orientation session to learn about APAH, our resident services programming, affordable housing outreach and advocacy, and APAH volunteer opportunities. Learn how individuals and groups support and engage with APAH’s work and with the residents who call APAH properties and Arlington home, then share how you would like to engage with APAH through volunteer service.
    Location: Arlington Career Center
  • Arlington Free Clinic: Would you like to serve as  anongoing volunteer for the Arlington Free Clinic? Individual commitments vary, but most volunteers provide 2-4 hours per month of service, and opportunities are available on weekdays during both daytime and evenings. Arlington Free Clinic needs all types of volunteers, but they especially need individuals who are bilingual (particularly Spanish) and licensed health and mental health professionals. For health professionals, there will be a background check. All volunteers must adhere to AFC's confidentiality and best practices policies. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this training.
    Location: Arlington Free Clinic
  • ASPIRE! Afterschool Learning: Volunteers are needed with ASPIRE's new reading program. Offering 1 hour at least once a month, ongoing volunteers would be reading aloud and facilitating an activity with children in the ASPIRE program. After attending this training session, volunteers would be asked to pay $30 for the required background check, and then they could begin their service with ASPIRE!
    Location: Arlington Career Center


Event Details

MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 15, 2018
8:30am - 12:00pm
Arlington Career Center
816 S. Walter Reed Drive
Arlington, VA 22204

Free to attend, but registration is requested to select your service assignment.