About MLK Jr. Day of Service

Now in its 19th year here at OneOC, community members can make their “day off” a “day on” with a Day of Service.  Join us to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through meaningful service. This year we will be partnering with multiple local agencies offering volunteer opportunities that address critical community issues. Individuals, families, groups and organizations can easily participate in this national initiative in collaboration with the HandsOn Network. There is no better time to get involved and make a difference!


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Get Involved

MLK Jr. Day of Service takes place every year during January.

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2017 Signature Projects

2017 Signature Projects

Thursday, January 12th

Families Forward, Irvine 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Homelessness Families Forward is committed to helping local Orange County families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, because there’s no place like home. Volunteers will…beautify the interior of one of the homes by painting several rooms for prospective residents.


Orange County Rescue Mission, Santa Ana 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Hunger and Homelessness The mission of the Orange County Rescue Mission is to minister the love of Jesus Christ to the Least, the Last, and the Lost of our Community through the provision of assistance in the areas of guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, clothing health care and independent living communities. Volunteers willoffer a hand of friendship and a hot meal to the homeless men and women around the Santa Ana Civic Center. Volunteers will serve chili provided by the OCRM “Chili Van” and other side dishes (salad, fruit, and cookies) to round out the meal.


Youth Employment Service in collaboration with CIELO and WHW, Huntington Beach 4:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Education Youth Employment Service’s mission is to teach young people the skills needed to secure and maintain meaningful employment. CIELO’s mission is to launch successful entrepreneurs by unleashing innovation, creativity, and passion. Volunteers will…assist youth with professional development, including networking skills, and host an “I have a dream career” photo booth.



Friday, January 13th

Families Forward, Irvine 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Homelessness Families Forward is committed to helping local Orange County families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness…because there’s no place like home. Volunteers will…clean and prepare the interior of one of the homes for a new family, along with restore and replant the exterior landscape.


Irvine Animal Care Center, Santa Ana 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Animals Irvine Animal Care Center provides a safe, clean, enriching and caring environment focused on increasing animal adoption into responsible homes while promoting healthy human and animal relationships. Volunteers will…create miniature no-sew flannel blankets, toys and kerchiefs for cats and dogs who reside in this no-kill shelter until they are adopted.


Saddleback Unified School District, Trabuco Canyon 8:30 - 11:00 AM  

Education and Health & Wellness As part of OneOC’s Service-Learning initiative, this will enable teachers and students to connect life-science curriculum with service to the community, as students donate the garden produce to organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank. Volunteers will…work with AmeriCorps Service Leaders to build a Service-Learning school garden. Included in this project will be the building and staining of the raised beds, amending the soil and assisting students in planting seeds or distributing seeds to classrooms/teachers. 


Saturday, January 14th

Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach 8:00-11:00 AM

Environment OneOC and Inside the Outdoors are partnering for this project at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. The Center is located in the County's premier nature preserve, keeping conservation and the preservation of the site's natural beauty at the forefront of the design. The Center is a model for all other Southern California facilities of its kind. It sets new standards for protecting and preserving open space and endangered wetlands in a highly populated urban setting.  Volunteers will…be performing restoration work in the Muth Interpretive Center “Butterfly Garden”, and work restoring native habitat to the garden. Volunteers will be weeding, planting, and watering.


Child Guidance Center, Santa Ana 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Health and Wellness Child Guidance Center’s mission is to provide quality outpatient health, trauma, and child abuse related counseling to empower children and families to reach their potential. Volunteers will…assist CGC employees in setting up for an event, measuring children to see if they qualify for FMC program, and leading active play activities for the children.


Pathways of Hope, Fullerton 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Homelessness Pathways of hope is committed to rebuilding lives of the hungry and homelessness in Orange County through Housing, Outreach, Prevention, and Engagement.  Volunteers will recycle old t-shirts into reusable grocery bags to be distributed to the clients who visit Pathway’s food distribution center.


Think Together “Book Doctor”, Santa Ana 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Education The mission of Think Together is to create opportunities for all kids to discover their passions and reach their full potential. . Volunteers willrepair, sort and label gently used children’s books that will distributed to children participating in the Early Literacy Program.  Additional book donations are encouraged!


MLK Jr. Day of Service…Monday, January 16th

Orange County Food Bank, Garden Grove 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Hunger Orange County Food Bank is a program of the Community Action Partnership of Orange County. The Food Bank is housed in a 60,000 square foot warehouse, which includes a huge commercial refrigerator and freezer capable of handling over 20 truckloads of food. The Food Bank distributes nearly 20 million pounds of food annually. They also provide food and personal care items to nearly 400 other nonprofits throughout Orange County.  At the Food Bank’s warehouse volunteers package 23,500 boxes of food each month for distribution at 50 sites across the county. A high-energy project where Volunteers willassemble and pack food boxes, working side-by-side as a sign of unity and equality, which will be delivered to families and seniors in need throughout the Orange County community.

  • Shift 1 8:30-10:30am
  • Shift 2 10:45am-12:45pm
  • Shift 3 1:00-3:00pm


Child Creativity Lab, Santa Ana 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Safety Net Child Creativity Lab provides children with fun, hands-on tools and a stimulating environment to explore and discover creativity as an essential element in critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, and a passion for science, technology, engineering, and the humanities. Volunteers will…create a small plastic toy robot using recycled plastic materials, accompanied by an inspirational quote tag. Creations will benefit youth from the Community Action Partnership of Orange County’s Anaheim Independencia Family Resource Center in Anaheim.

  • Shift 1 9:00-11:00am
  • Shift 2 11:00am-1:00pm


Benjamin Beswick Elementary School, Tustin 10am-12pm

Education Beswick “Bobcats” pride themselves on celebrating a commitment to education through mutual respect, dedication and support for one another. Volunteers will…

  • 10am-12pm - Beautify school grounds and prepare the campus for future improvement projects including painting over the blacktop of an old United States Map.
  • 10am-3pm - Clean and sort books donated specifically for parents and adults of Beswick Elementary students.


Senior Serv, Anaheim 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Education Senior Serv nourishes the wellness, purpose, and dignity of seniors and their families in our community. Volunteers will…interview seniors at a local senior center and write their stories of living through times of racial tension. Additional volunteers will then edit the written stories in order to create a comprehensive anthology, which will be read and distributed at a senior center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Volunteer authors and seniors will be recognized at this celebration event.


Jeanne Thorman Elementary School, Tustin 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Education Thorman Elementary ensures that each student optimizes individual achievement through an educational system characterized by challenging and exciting curricula and inspiring personalized instruction. Volunteers will…facilitate conversations to empower girls from ages 9 to 11, as a series of Empowerment sessions across several days leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


DoMore4:Good & Loara High School, Anaheim 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Health & Wellness DoMore4:Good empowers our youth to become involved in public service. Volunteers will…create inspirational-themed artwork to be given to the children in residence at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).


Partner Projects

Love Anaheim AUHSD Serveathon Day #4

Monday January 16th

Love Anaheim is multi-sector Service Project Movement with the goal of loving and serving Anaheim. It features 4 main Service Project Events (1 each quarter or so) that will match willing leaders, volunteers, and funding to accomplish a wide range of need based projects in Anaheim. The Love Anaheim Movement will add goodness, compassion and kindness across the City of Anaheim by the collaboration of various Faith Based Groups, non-profits, school districts, businesses, service organizations, sports groups, neighborhoods, city departments, residents, and guests all working together for the common good of Anaheim. Click HERE to see project list.


DIY Toolkits

Host Your Own Project…Sign up to receive one of our “Do It Yourself” (DIY) project toolkit, that you and your group can complete in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Projects include a local Food Donation drive, Diversity Discussions and honoring our Local Heroes.

  • America’s Sunday Supper (Family) – Diversity Discussion
  • Operation Gratitude (Military & Veterans) – Paracord, & Letter Writing Campaign



Family Service Team (FST)

OneOC Family Service Team (FST) projects are designed to provide children and their families a simple and organized way to build volunteerism into daily family life. Teams of family volunteers serve together as part of our national Days of Service, having fun for a good cause, while learning about the importance of giving of their time and talent to make a difference in our community. Projects that meet Family Service criteria will be denoted by FST in the title. Individuals can create their own Family Team (please add FST at the beginning of your title) or join a Public FST Team at any time.


Get Involved

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