Various Locations Across Portland
Jan 17–20 All Ages
Instead of simply going on Instagram and posting a regal image of Martin Luther King Jr. next to a misattributed quote this January 17, consider participating in MLK Day of Service to honor the civil rights leader’s vision for a more compassionate and just world. There are lots of celebrations, youth summits, park cleanups, and other events around Portland that aim to preserve the historical legacy of Dr. King all weekend long, but the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and its volunteer program Hands On Greater Portland can easily connect you to lots of opportunities to volunteer and be of service: from neighborhood cleanups to sorting donated children’s books to packaging food boxes for your local food bank. Or alternately, do something on your own—just make sure whatever act of service you choose is benefiting more than just you and those who look like you.