2024 MLK Jr. Day Volunteer Opportunities, Events, and Activities in Westchester

2023 MLK Jr. Day Volunteer Opportunities, Events, and Activities in Westchester

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service is a federal holiday meant to empower individuals and communities towards services and his vision of a “beloved community.” In Westchester, there are many opportunities where you can volunteer as a family. Additionally, many local organizations are offering mini camps and events for kids where they can enjoy activities throughout the day. Read on to learn more about a variety of opportunities on MLK Jr. Day in Westchester.

MLK Day of Service Volunteer Opportunities

Monday, January 14th from 11:00am-12:00pm
Interfaith Food Packing

Join St. Paul’s and Congregation KTI to prepare weekly bags of food. Food2GrowOn sends bags that include fresh fruit to over 200 local families every week of the school year. Saint Paul’s Church, 761 King Street, Rye BrookNY 10573.

Monday, January 15th from 9:30am-2:30pm
MLK Day of Service 2024

The UJA-Federation of NY and its nonprofit partners will bring together thousands of New Yorkers in a region-wide effort honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  They have a number of volunteer opportunities for all ages, including the opportunity to decorate and pack “Blizzard Boxes.”

These Blizzard Boxes contain one complete meal — soup, veggies, fruit, milk, and a protein (all supplies will be provided). These boxes will then be donated to food pantries around Westchester and the Bronx. There will also be opportunities for adults and teens to help sort medical supplies rescued by The Afya Foundation. Shames JCC on the Hudson, 371 S. Broadway, TarrytownNY 10591.

Monday, January 15th from 9:30am-2:30pm
Generation Forward Jr.

Participants are invited to volunteer and learn more about pressing issues of our time. This includes a volunteer opportunity where youth members of Generation Forward Jr. (grades 6-8) will come together with the Shames JCC community to give back. Shames JCC, 425 South Broadway, TarrytownNY 10591.

Monday, January 15th from 11:00am-1:00pm
From Dream to Action: MLK Day of Service for Families

This volunteer opportunity allows meaningful engagement and opportunities for both parents and children to participate. This includes a “Dreaming with Your Hands & Minds” part, specifically designed for younger volunteers. Sprout Lake Westchester, 500 Yorktown Rd., Croton-on-HudsonNY 10520.

MLK Jr. Day Events and Activities in Westchester

Thursday, January 11th from 4:30pm-5:30pm
MLK Peace Symbol Craft

Remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by making a peace craft.  All ages and free. Mount Kisco Library, 100 East Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY 10549.

Saturday, January 13th from 10:00am-11:15am
MLK Day 2024

Families are invited to participate in this informative webinar with Volunteer New York. This will focus on the importance of civic engagement and how individuals can influence change. This includes a discussion about volunteering, purchasing power, service, voting, working, voice, donating, listening and learning, and social entrepreneurship. Sign up here.

Saturday, January 13th from 11:00am-12:00pm
Happy Birthday Dr. King! Storytime

Enjoy storytime at the Ossining Public Library with a book about Dr. Martin Luther King. Children ages six and under must be with an adult. This is a free event. Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.

Sunday, January 16th from 2:00pm-4:00pm
MLK Revolutionary Sound Tickets

Enjoy this  family-friendly event featuring the intersection of European, African, and American musical traditions. This is a free event. 122 North Ridge Street Rye Brook, NY 10573

Monday, January 15th at 9:00am
Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Parade

Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy at this annual parade. Held in Beacon, the parade is open to all. 8 Mattie Cooper Square, Beacon, NY.

Monday, January 15th at 11:30am
23rd Annual MLK Day Legacy Youth Awards

Attend this annual MLK luncheon in recognition of students who have been nominated for displaying the excellent traits of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship awards will go to seven students. Tickets are $50 per person. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown, 455 South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591.

Monday, January 15th at 1:00pm
The Civil Rights Struggles & Triumphs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. William Seraile, author and Professor Emeritus at Lehman College, explores the life, struggles and triumphs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in commemoration of the national holiday.  No reservations are needed and all are encourage. Additionally, there is a livestream if you can’t make it in person. 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550.

Monday, January 15th at 1:00pm
Celebrating Black Stories

Enjoy a collection of powerful stories, celebrating Black voices at Jacob Burns Film Center. Presented with the New York International Children’s Film Festival, the movies highlight Black stories that transcend national boundaries, culture, and language, with films in English, French, Shona, and ASL. Tickets are $11 for members; $16 for nonmembers; and $9 per child. Designed for ages nine and up. Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd, Pleasantville, NY 10570.

Monday, January 15th from 1:00pm-3:00pm
2nd Annual Beyond the Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr

Join Yorktown for Justice for an in-person discussion of MLK’s life, history and mission. Additionally, hear some of his powerful and unfamiliar speeches. The event also includes music and refreshments. Grace Lutheran Church, 3830 Gomer Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

Monday, January 15th from 9:00am-3:00pm
Hartsdale MLK Jr. Day Camp

Kids can enjoy a fun robot camp as a part of iCamp’s Robots and Science program. Designed for kids 5-10 years old, this mini camp will have your kiddo flexing their creative muscles as they use their strengths and develop new skills to program a robot and build circuits and structures. $150 per child. 142 N Central Ave, Floor 1, Hartsdale, NY 10530.

Monday, January 16th from 9:30am-12:00pm
Intro to Sewing Machine Workshop

Kids ages 8-12 years old will learn everything about sewing machines! Kids will learn to sew on the machine with an Introductory Felt Pouch and then they will make one of their beginner projects. All supplies are included! $75 per camper. Sew Happy, 154 E Boston Post Rd, 2nd Floor, Mamaroneck, NY 10543.

Monday, January 15th from 10:00am-3:00pm
MLK Day of Non-Stop Activities

Kids, ages 4-11 years old, will love spending the day filled with art. Programming includes Slime Play to Tie-Dye t-shirts and drawing/illustration to creative painting and 3D Arts! Please provide lunch and a snack for your child. Camp is $175 per child. Honest Art, 708 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley, NY 10502.