Martin Luther King Jr. Day has always been an opportunity to spend a day off work or school doing something to benefit your community in honor of MLK. COVID-19 means that the Day of Service will look a bit different this year, but you can still get involved virtually by participating in these Chicago-based activities.
Step Up for Mental Health; Homeless Swag: #GivingForward; Supporting Women in Need: Virtual hygiene drive to suppot Chicago women’s shelters, the homeless and families in need.
Food + Funds Drive for “Brave SPace Alliance LGBTQ Center in Chicago: Drop off food or funds at an address provided when you signed up. Recommended foods include rice, cereal, oatmeal, pasta noodles, and canned vegetables.
Pay-It-Forward Virtual Homeless Care Package Event & Webinar: Features local organizations that are addressing homelessness on Jan. 14 from 6-7 p.m. CST. Purchase items from their wish lists. Multiple dates/times available.
Winter Cleaning Clothes Drive: Clear out your closet space and donate clothing to various shelters around Chicago. Items will be picked up the afternoon of Jan. 18, or deliver them. Email to request a pickup.
Girl Power Care Packages: Collect care package items for girls. This is a virtual event that you can do with family or friends. Package up feminine hygiene products, soccer gear (used or new balls, uniforms, etc.) and send the package to the organization. They will be shipped to girls in Zambia.
These opportunities and many others are listed on the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s website.
Do you plan to participate in the Day of Service?
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