MLK Jr. Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Background

In 1979, a public campaign in support of officially recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a national holiday was launched. This community-based effort resulted in six million signatures for a petition to Congress. In 1983, Congress passed legislation officially declaring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service.

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Dr. King recognized the power of service. He famously said, "Everyone can be great because everybody can serve." Every year, on the third Monday in January, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is observed as a “day on, not a day off.” Observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday through service is a way to begin each year with a commitment to making your community a better place. Your service honors Dr. King's life and teachings and helps meet community challenges.

Get Involved

Celebrate this meaningful day both in-person and virtually - with events taking place Jan. 16-20, 2022. We will update this list of opportunities as information becomes available:

IN-PERSON EVENTS

MLK Day of Service: Volunteer Work Party at North Creek Forest

Join Friends of North Creek Forest for an environmental stewardship volunteer work party. Volunteer work parties provide an opportunity to get to know others in your community in a safe and socially-distant way while assisting in restoration work that supports and enhances the health of the North Creek Forest.

Hosted by: Friends of North Creek Forest and City of Bothell Surface Water Division

Date/Time: Mon, Jan. 17, 2022  |  10:00am - 1:00pm

Location: North Creek Forest, 20598 112th Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011

Registration: RSVPs are required on Friend's of North Creek Forest's website.

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MLK Day of Service: Restore Habitat at Former Wayne Golf Course

Volunteer to improve habitat! Portions of Bothell’s largest park, the former Wayne Golf Course, are a migratory corridor for Chinook salmon in the Sammamish River and potential habitat for Coho at the confluence of Waynita Creek. As this amazing property transforms from a golf course into a public open space, volunteers are offered the opportunity to help improve the habitat by controlling non-native and invasive weeds, and protecting native trees and vegetation.

Hosted by: Whale Scout

Dates/Time: Sun, Jan. 16 & Mon, Jan. 17, 2022  |  10:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Former Wayne Golf Course | Meet at: Blyth Park, 16950 W Riverside Dr, Bothell, WA 98011

Registration: RSVPs are required. Sign up for one or both days!

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MLK Day of Service: Restore Habitat at Wallace Swamp Creek Park

Join Sno-King Watershed Council, in partnership with the City of Kenmore, for habitat restoration in Wallace Swamp Creek Park! We will be clipping blackberry canes, digging blackberry root balls, and digging knotweed. Plan to bring a mask, work gloves, hand clippers, and/or your favorite tool for digging (both small garden shovels and large digging shovels will be handy).

Hosted by: Sno-King Watershed Council

Dates/Time: Mon, Jan. 17, 2022  |  1:00 - 3:00pm

Location: Wallace Swamp Creek Park, 19851 73rd Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028

Registration: RSVP by emailing tlbanaszynski@yahoo.com.

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United Way of King County

Check out United Way of King County's calendar of volunteer opportunities to learn more about events happening throughout the region during this week.

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VIRTUAL EVENTS 

Hosted by United Way of King County

Showing up for Youth - A Virtual Volunteer Event

Are you looking to do more than a one-time volunteer project? Many nonprofits in our region need committed, reliable, consistent volunteers to help further their missions. Join United Way of King County for an hour to virtually learn from BIPOC-led organizations who are looking for volunteers to mentor and tutor youth. 

Date/Time: Tue, Jan. 18, 2022  |  12:00 - 1:00pm

Location: Virtual - Link provided after registration

Cost: Free

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Advancing Racial Equity: A Conversation with Clint Smith

Join United Way of King County for an evening of virtual conversation about advancing racial equity in our community. Listen and learn from educator, poet, and New York Times bestselling author, Clint Smith and then participate in a discussion with local experts specializing in African American history in our area.

Date/Time: Wed, Jan. 19, 2022  |  6:00 - 7:00pm

Location: Virtual - Link provided after registration

Cost: $10 (scholarships available)

Other Ways to Care for Community

Days of service are a wonderful way to give back, but there are also many simple, everyday actions you can take throughout the year to be a community steward! Some actions, for example, include: 

  • Giving blood
  • Donating to a food bank
  • Becoming a dog or cat foster parent
  • Paying it forward
  • Picking up litter on your walk (always use disposable gloves and a trash bag)
  • Writing a letter or drawing a picture for a senior in need of some cheer
  • Picking up after your pet
  • Participating and engaging in local elections
  • Volunteering for a board or commission
  • Supporting local businesses

Connect with Local Community Services

Looking for a way to give back during the rest of the year? Be sure to visit our Local and Partner Service Organizations page to learn more about volunteer opportunities in the Bothell community and to sign-up for volunteer interest lists.

Sign up for the City of Bothell Volunteer Interest List!

Interested in volunteering with the City of Bothell? Want to be added to our volunteer email list? Fill out the Volunteer Intake Form. When an opportunity becomes available that matches your interests, we'll let you know!