Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: A Call to Service

January 14, 2022

School will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The holiday will mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the only federally holiday recognized as a National Day of Service. MLK Day encourages all Americans to honor Dr. King through service to one another and their communities.

His example is our call to action. Observed each year on the third Monday in January, MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

In the spirit of MLK's legacy of change-making action, students, faculty, staff, and families are encouraged to use this as a "day on" by volunteering or otherwise making a difference in our community. 

Below is a list of resources, events, organizations, and causes that you can take action to support on Monday. As a reminder for students on the Merle-Smith Campus, you can log your volunteer hours if you participate in any of these great opportunities. 

Log Volunteer Hours

Finding Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley
This is a great place to start. View the extensive wish list of the organization's many partners, like the Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley or Allentown Rescue Mission, among many others. 

Points of Light
Here you will find tons of virtual/remote volunteer opportunities. 

Use the search engine to connect with causes in your community. 

Find opportunities local to New Jersey. 

Teach for America
Here you'll find opportunities for education, community-based service, and what you can do nationally. 


The Allentown Art Museum |Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and African American art, history, and culture through influential speakers, meaningful discussions, inspiring entertainers, and encouraging art making.

Bethlehem NAACP | Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Join us January 17th at 10:30 a.m.for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Parade, celebrating his legacy with a focus on homelessness. The parade will begin at MLK Park on Carlton Ave.and process over the Fahy bridge to the Charles Brown Ice House.

The 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Celebration | East Stroudsburg University
The 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be held January 17, 2022. For more details, contact Lyesha J. Fleming, director for the Center of Multicultural Affairs and Inclusive Education, at or 570-422-3896.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Beloved Community Service | The King Center
Stream this and a series of related live events here




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