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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

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“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

― Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can't Wait

New York Cares was awarded a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to expand our programming around the annual MLK Day of Service

  • MLK Day of Service is honored nationwide as an opportunity to remember the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and recommit ourselves as citizens by volunteering. It is also a time to consider how much work remains to fulfill Dr. King’s dream.
  • The featured projects below are just a handful of the opportunities we offer that aim to address the types of inequalities Dr. King and his fellow Civil Rights activists dedicated their lives to eradicating. 
  • We're asking all our volunteers to commit to at least one project between January 11-26, 2020. New to New York Cares? This is a great time to join us for your first project!

Dr. King recognized the power of service. He famously said, "Everyone can be great because everybody can serve." Service brings people together of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. New York Cares’ commitment to make our city a more equitable place for all New Yorkers echoes Dr. King’s dream of a “beloved community” bound together by respect and understanding. 

Join us as we read with students, prepare new immigrants for their citizenship exams, and work side by side to honor those who fought for justice and equality as we strive for a better future. 

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MLK Projects