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MLK DAY 2024: How to volunteer during MLK Week of Service in Jacksonville



United Way of Northeast Florida announced its MLK Week of Service in December 2023.

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, LSS will close its office Monday, January 15th. Normal office hours will resume Tuesday, January 16th.


This January, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida urges you to join hands with United Way of Northeast Florida, the City of Jacksonville, and AmeriCorps during MLK Week of Service.


Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, also known as MLK Day, is meant to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service through volunteerism. MLK Week of Service is a great opportunity to kick off the New Year by making a difference in your community. Read on to learn more.


What is the MLK Week of Service?

Running from January 12th to January 20th, the MLK Week of Service in 2024 aims to address economic mobility and uplift underserved communities, echoing Dr. King's vision of unity. It involves over 30 volunteer projects, events, and dialogues aiming to break down systemic barriers while honoring Dr. King's profound impact.


How Can You Get Involved?

Volunteers are needed for various projects and events throughout the week. From service projects in New Town, North Riverside, and the Historic Eastside to community conversations and the Unity Mural, there are numerous opportunities to make a difference. Detailed information on these initiatives can be found at unitedwaynefl.org/mlk.



Who's Involved and Why Does it Matter?

With the support of nearly 1,000 volunteers across Duval, Clay, and Nassau counties, along with numerous community and nonprofit partners, this initiative aims to tackle the hardships faced by 40% of Northeast Florida households struggling to make ends meet, the latest ALICE report states. Through volunteerism and crucial dialogues, the goal is to dismantle systemic obstacles to economic mobility and break the cycle of generational poverty.


How to Join and Learn More

Register for projects and events at unitedwaynefl.org/mlk and become a part of this impactful movement.


Lutheran Social Services encourages everyone to participate in this transformative Week of Service. Let’s honor Dr. King’s legacy by uniting in service to our community. Learn more here: unitedwaynefl.org/mlk.


More Ways To Help Your Community:
  • Donate or Volunteer with Food Banks and Pantries - Visit Feeding America or Food Pantries to find an organization near you. Go to LSS' Get Involved section to learn more. You can also place a monetary gift at https://www.lssjax.org/donate-today.

  • Deliver Meals and Groceries to Vulnerable Seniors - Help out someone you know or contact your local Meals on Wheels to learn ways to volunteer. 

  • Donate Medical Supplies and Equipment – If you have donations email, FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center at nbeoc@fema.dhs.gov

  • Stay in Touch - Check on your neighbors, friends, and family, especially those who are older or maybe alone. A phone call, text, or a conversation through the door could brighten their day. 

  • Serve in Your Community – Visit the United Way of Northeast Florida website for details.  

  • Volunteer from Home – Check out  AllForGood.org for service ideas. 


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