“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Individual Volunteer Opportunities
Learn how you can be a part of the Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) team at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. The VIP team is comprised of nearly 100 volunteers that donate more than 14,000 hours of service annually. From greeters, interpreters, and docents to carpenters, electricians, and landscapers, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site has a place for you! A minimum commitment of 8 hours per month is required. Visit volunteer.gov (keyword search: Martin Luther King) to learn more about opportunities to serve at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and apply today.
Once your application is received, the park's Volunteer Coordinator will contact selected applicants to discuss the position in-depth, answer questions, and schedule orientation and training. All volunteers receive a minimum of 8 hours of training on-site with an experienced mentor or ranger and are invited to monthly volunteer training sessions and on-going learning opportunities. In addition, volunteer uniforms and materials are provided.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
If you're interested in volunteering but cannot commit to a regular volunteer schedule, consider joining us during our monthly volunteer "Day of Service" event. These events are typically held on Saturday once a month and are appropriate for families, individual drop-ins, and groups. See upcoming events below. Check back regularly for new opportunities to serve:
Earth Day Service Project
Date: April 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Do you believe people are mutually connected to our earth and the environment it fosters? Please join us for our Earth Day Service Project to reconnect yourself with the earth and the environment around us. On April 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site challenges you to learn more about your mutual connection to this earth by participating in a service project that impacts the environment around the site. The projects will include painting, mulching, and trash pick- up around the site.
All volunteers should arrive 30 minutes before the start of the service project and should bring the following items:
Please note that this service project will require more than average squatting and bending and all volunteers should be comfortable squatting and bending for long periods of time. In addition, all volunteers should be able to comfortably lift bags upwards of 35 lbs.
This is a family-friendly service project, but all volunteers under the age of 18, must have a parent or guardian sign a volunteer agreement form prior to completing service. In addition, all volunteers under the age of 16, must have a parent or guardian present for the entire duration of the service project.
If you would like to register please click here. Registration is REQUIRED for this service project and registration will close when the service project has reached capacity.
Free parking is located in the park’s parking lot located behind the Visitor Center (located off of John Wesley Dobbs Ave.) click here for the map.
Learn about the Volunteers-in-Parks team and how you can become a part of the community. Join us during our monthly volunteer open house and new volunteer training sessions. Registration is required. Register to attend Open House and/or training by emailing us at e-mail us.
Saturdays, 9 am to 11 am
Last updated: April 28, 2017