MLK Jr. 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?

Thank you to those who participated in 2021! Information will be made available later this year about opportunities in 2022. 

Other Ways to Care for Community

Days of service are a wonderful way to give back, but there are also many simple, everyday actions you can take throughout the year to be a community steward! Some actions, for example, include: 

  • Giving blood
  • Donating to a food bank
  • Becoming a dog or cat foster parent
  • Paying it forward
  • Picking up litter on your walk (always use disposable gloves and a trash bag)
  • Writing a letter or drawing a picture for a neighbor in need of some cheer
  • Picking up after your pet
  • Participating and engaging in local elections
  • Volunteering for a board or commission
  • Supporting local businesses

Connect with Local Community Services

Looking for a way to give back during the rest of the year? Be sure to visit our Local and Partner Service Organizations page to learn more about volunteer opportunities in the Bothell community and to sign-up for volunteer interest lists.

Sign-up for the City of Bothell Volunteer Interest List!

Interested in volunteering with the City of Bothell? Want to be added to our volunteer email list? Fill out the Volunteer Intake Form. When an opportunity becomes available that matches your interests, we'll let you know!