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!


Get Involved

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

TUES Jan 15th – MON Jan 21st, 2019 
Deadline for nonprofits to post volunteer opportunities: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018

Click here, to be added to the interest list.


Click below to view details.


Partner Projects

2018 Partner Projects

Monday, January 15th

Love Anaheim AUHSD Serve-a-thon Day #8 FST 

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 view current openings and sign-up.


MLK Day of Service - Restoration and Cleanup

Date:  Saturday, January 13, 2018

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (arrive by 8:45 a.m. to check-in, for safety review, and to get your supplies)

Location:  Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

  • Supplies will be provided
  • Bring your own gloves if you have them
  • Families welcome

RSVP at www.allforgood.org/projects/28gyxakR by January 12, 2018

2018 Signature Projects

2018 Signature Projects

Thursday, January 11th

Thorman Elementary School, Tustin 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM FULL

Education Thorman Elementary ensures that each student optimizes individual achievement through an educational system characterized by challenging and exciting curricula and inspiring personalized instruction. Prior to the project, students will have discussions about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including his crusade for economic opportunity for all Americans. Volunteers will… beautify areas of the campus, refurbish one of the school’s gardens and prep an outdoor area for a future improvement project.


Nelson Elementary School, Tustin 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM FULL

Education The dedicated teaching staff and parents at W.R. Nelson work in relentless pursuit of their mission: to not rest until all of their students’ needs are met through high expectations, communication, and collaboration. Prior to the project, students will have discussions about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including his crusade for economic opportunity for all Americans.  Volunteers will… beautify the school grounds and create an outdoor learning space to include areas for seating and group activities.


OneOC “Emergency Volunteer Center”FST  Santa Ana 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM FULL

Disaster The OneOC EVC is a program that supports emergency response officials throughout Orange County by engaging and safely deploying spontaneous volunteers to respond to critical needs and/or long term recovery. Volunteers will…participate in a mock county-wide disaster focusing on spontaneous volunteers, not only gaining valuable preparedness education for “The Big One” but how volunteers can truly be part of the recovery solution!



Friday, January 12th

Southern California Hospice Foundation, Costa Mesa 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM FULL

Health & Wellness The Southern California Hospice Foundation mission delivers a breadth of resources to caregivers, families and patients who are confronting the final stages of life.  Volunteers will…fill “bags of love” meant to bring comfort to hospice patients in the final stage of their lives.  Items include warm blankets, playing cards to encourage interaction with visitors, and unscented lotion to promote touch. 


Heideman Elementary School, Tustin 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM -FULL

Education Heideman Elementary School is a true neighborhood learning community where teachers, students, staff and families come together each day to learn and serve.  Prior to the project, students will have discussions about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including his crusade for economic opportunity for all Americans. Volunteers will…create an outdoor learning area and reading garden. 


Saturday, January 13th 

SoCal Animal Response Team (SCART),  FST  Santa Ana 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM FULL

Disaster Preparedness  The SoCal Animal Response Team provides support to animals and their owners during a disaster or crisis. SCART will be offering a training exercise, on setting up a temporary animal shelter.  Volunteers will… learn how to set up the tents/canopies to shelter animals in case of a disaster.  They will also make homemade dog toys to accompany pet disaster kits.


Sunday, January 14th 

Think Together “Book Doctor”, FST  Santa Ana 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM FULL

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 be distributed to children participating in the Early Literacy Program.  Additional book donations are encouraged!


WAGS, FST  Santa Ana 1:00 – 3:00pm FULL

Animals WAGS (Westminster Adoption Group and Services) is committed to providing the best quality of care, advocacy and shelter for lost and homeless animals seeking new permanent, loving homes. Volunteers will… create miniature no-sew flannel blankets and handmade toys for animals who reside in this no-kill shelter until they are adopted.


MLK Jr. Day of Service…Monday, January 15th  

Orange County Food Bank, FST  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 8:30am – 10:30am
  • Shift 2 10:45am – 12:45pm
  • Shift 3 1:00pm – 3:00pm


JOYA Scholars, FST  Fullerton 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM FULL

Education JOYA Scholars inspires and prepare students from families of low-income communities in Fullerton to succeed through higher education. Volunteers willhelp to improve JOYA’s home program space for the students and parents that are served. Projects will include painting, gardening and beautification of two rooms.


CIELO, FST Huntington Beach 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM FULL

Education CIELO mission is to launch successful entrepreneurs by unleashing innovation, creativity and passion. Their Workforce Program is committed to inspiring & achieving employment goals. Volunteers will…put together program “power kits” to set clients up for success upon starting their program.  Kits will include essential office supplies and encouraging handwritten notes.



Host Your Own Toolkit Project

DIY Toolkits

Host Your Own Project:

Sign up HERE 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

Click here, to be added to the interest list.