MLK Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Background

In 1979, a public campaign in support of officially recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a national holiday was launched. This community-based effort resulted in six million signatures for a petition to Congress. In 1983, Congress passed legislation officially declaring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service.

A Day of Service

Dr. King recognized the power of service. He famously said, "Everyone can be great because everybody can serve." Every year, on the third Monday in January, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is observed as a “day on, not a day off.” Observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday through service is a way to begin each year with a commitment to making your community a better place. Your service honors Dr. King's life and teachings and helps meet community challenges.

What is happening in Bothell?

Stay tuned for more information about how you can join us in celebration of MLK Day on January 18, 2021.

Interested in volunteering? Want to be added to our volunteer email list?

1. Fill out the Volunteer Intake Form.
2. Send the completed form to Volunteer & Special Event Coordinator Shelby Krogh.
3. When an opportunity becomes available that matches your interests and availability, we'll let you know!