Volunteer Memphis, Leadership Memphis, the United Way of the Mid-South along with sponsors are coordinating volunteer/service projects the weekend of January 18-21 honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.

For outdoor events, Please dress warm, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk.

This is only a partial list. To see a full listing, sign up or learn more about a project, visit: https://uwmidsouth.galaxydigital.com/need/.

JAN 17

EVENT: Clothing the Community

TIME: 11  a.m. – 5  p.m.

LOCATION: 3371 Spottswood

DETAILS: The Davis Community Center will be hosting a clothes give-away. They will also grill and feed individuals who attend this event.

EVENT: We Have Dreams Too

TIME: 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

LOCATION: 1046 South 3rd Street

DETAILS: The We Have Dreams Too event is dedicated to the famous Martin Luther King Jr. for his historic speech, I Have A Dream. The staff at Gaston Community Center are partnering with Knowledge Quest after school program to allow the kids in the program to write out their dreams on a small poster board and allow them to color and design their poster. The posters will be hung next to a big picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial, which is where his speech was presented. The Gaston Community Center will also present the youth with juice and a small goodie as a token of appreciation. Please contact Awendel Gordon or Harry Green at 901-636-0703.

First Responder Appreciations

There are several events to honor police, fire and paramedics all over Memphis:

WHERE: Mitchell Comm. Center

TIME: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

LOCATION: 602 West Mitchell Rd; Memphis, TN 38109

DETAILS: The Mitchell Community Center will pass out Thank You cards to nearby Police and Fire Stations. Please contact Rasheed Oladunjoye at 901-789-2927.

WHERE: Charles Powell Comm. Ctr.

TIME: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

LOCATION: 810 Western Park Drive; Memphis, TN 38109

DETAILS: The Charles Powell Community center in partnership with Westwood High School, Chickasaw Middle School and Freedom Prep will make cards and write letters to the Police, Fire, and EMS workers. Please contact Debra Tate or Derrick Heyward at 901-636-0775.

WHERE: Gaisman Comm. Center.

TIME: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

LOCATION: 4221 Macon Road

DETAILS: The Gaisman Community Center will do Thank you cards for First Responders. The center is also asking for the community to donate school supplies for the youth

WHERE: McFarland Community Center

TIME: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

LOCATION: 4955 Cottonwood

DETAILS: The McFarland Community Center will host “First Responder’s Day.” A catered lunch will be provided for Police Officers, Fire Fighters and other First Responsers. The McFarland STAR program will also make Thank You cards for the First Responders. Please contact Gloria Watkins at 901-362-8350.

EVENT: A March Through History

TIME: 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

LOCATION: 4318 Graceland Drive

DETAILS: The Whitehaven Community Center Presents: A Walk through Civil Rights History with displays, spoken word, and a youth choir performance.

EVENT: MLK Service Project

TIME: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

LOCATION: 317 Tillman

DETAILS: The Lester Community Center will remove a very heavy bench from the front of the building to the back of the building. The center is also preparing to clean and scrub the upper basketball court that has four basketball goals and the lower basketball court that has four basketball goals. Lastly, the center will replace the basketball nets and clean the backboards. Please contact Walter Casey or Alice Davis at 901-324-2639.

EVENT: A Painting Day with Martin Luther King

TIME: 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

LOCATION: 973 Alice Ave.

DETAILS: The Pine Hill Community Center will have canvas painting of Martin Luther King and refreshments. Please contact Rory Campbell at 901-774-7950.

EVENT: Cordova Fire Fighters Appreciation

TIME: 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.


DETAILS: Bert Ferguson teenagers, art groups, and staff will make Thank You cards and deliver food to the fire fighters at the neighboring fire station #54. To make Thank You cards please contact Alex Hall or Neely Wright at 901-309-1761 between 12-8.

EVENT: Appreciation Day for Raleigh First Responder’s

TIME: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

LOCATION: 3678 Powers Rd.

DETAILS: The Raleigh Community Center will host an appreciation day on January 17th and invite first responders in the Raleigh area. They will provide refreshments as well as invite them to participate in the GIT UP CHALLENGE and record the videos to share later

EVENT: Read Aloud

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: 1235 Brown

DETAILS: The Katie Sexton Community Center will collect books for school age youth and host a read aloud event at the community center.

JAN 18

EVENT: Raleigh Community Cleanup

TIME: 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

LOCATION: Breath of Life Christian Center; 3795 Frayser Raleigh Road

DETAILS: Please join Raleigh residents for a neighborhood cleanup. This event is part of the Clean Memphis 2020 MLK Days of Service events. This project consists of litter abatement and storm drain cleaning. Please dress warm, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk. This event is family friendly. Volunteers will meet and cleanup the Raleigh area.

EVENT: Healing the Body, Warming the Heart: Standard of Living Packets for Those in Need

TIME: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

LOCATION: 233 Henry

DETAILS: Bickford and Dave Wells Community Center will team up to create “Standard of Living packets for the homeless. During the month of January, Dave Wells will do a hygiene drive. On the service day, Dave Wells will bring their items to to Bickford Community Center on January 18th where volunteers will be making blankets scarves.

Other volunteers will put the collected hygiene products in give-away bags. At the end of the event, the hope is to have 50 bags filled with a variety of hygiene products and at least one blanket scarf to give out, via MPD, to the homeless around the City of Memphis.

EVENT: Binghampton Cleanup

TIME: 9-11 p.m.

LOCATION: Lester Community Center; 317 Tillman Street

DETAILS: Please join Binghampton residents for a neighborhood cleanup. This event is part of the Clean Memphis 2020 MLK Days of Service events. This project consists of litter abatement and storm drain cleaning. Please dress warm, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk.

Volunteers will meet and cleanup the Binghampton area, Howze Park, and the Tillman Greenline. Parking is available at the Lester Community Center. We will meet inside the center for safety instructions and to sign in.

EVENT: Oak Ridge Neighborhood Cleanup

TIME: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

LOCATION: Cherry Road Baptist Church; 1421 Cherry Road

DETAILS: Join the Oak Ridge Area Neighborhood Association for a neighborhood cleanup. This event is part of the Clean Memphis 2020 MLK Days of Service events. This project consists of litter abatement and storm drain cleaning.

EVENT: Book Fair

TIME: 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

LOCATION: 1560 North Hollywood

DETAILS: The Hollywood Community Center will host a Community Book and Literacy Fair, with various vendors and refreshments will be served. Please contact Raquel Reed-Shaw or James Wells at 901-636-0784.

EVENT: Financial Wellness Seminar


LOCATION: 3773 Old Allen

DETAILS: The Cunningham Community Center will be offering a free financial wellness seminar for the elderly and youth in conjunction with Regions Bank on January 18th. There will also be a hat and glove give-away. Please contact Michele Simmons at 901-636-3037.

EVENT: Support Our Girls: Feminine Hygiene Drive

TIME: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

LOCATION: 3910 Ridgeway Road

DETAILS: The Hickory Hill Community Center will collect feminine hygiene items for young ladies that attend Shelby County Schools Beginning December 1st through January 18th. On the 18th with the help of community volunteers will bundle those items into kits and they will be delivered to schools within the Hickory Hill Community.

EVENT: Passport to Financial Fitness

TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

LOCATION: Benjamin Hooks Central Library; 3030 Poplar Ave.

DETAILS: Bank On Memphis will host the Passport to Financial Fitness event on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The event will be held in the Benjamin Hooks Library meeting rooms to the left of the art gallery from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Financial experts will be on hand to advise people on banking, credit, education, employment, financial counseling, food insecurity, healthcare, housing, income taxes, property taxes, transportation and utilities. Children’s activities will be provided by Junior Achievement.

JAN 20

EVENT: Dream Keepers Workshop

TIME: 9:30  a.m.

LOCATION: Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church, 538 MLK Jr. Ave.

DETAILS: Featuring a presentation by Atlanta-based motivational speaker Keith L. Brown “Mr. I’m Possible,” The Dream Keepers Workshop will teach Dr. King’s six principles of nonviolence to children, youth and young adults.

     This MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”  Let us come together to learn, share, and help some that are less fortunate than we are.  We can help by bringing non-perishable items to give to a homeless shelter and/or the mission.  We need your help to help us share God’s blessings with others.


EVENT: TLC at T.O. Fuller State Park

TIME: 8:30  a.m. – 11:30  a.m.

LOCATION: 1442 Pavilion Drive

DETAILS: Volunteers will meet at 1442 Pavilion Dr. and will split up into teams. Each team will be assigned a team lead and supplies relevant to their site. This project is family and kid friendly.

In an effort to reduce waste, we ask that you bring your own water & water bottle. Make sure to check your email the morning of the project (Monday January 20, 2020 arrival – 8:30  a.m. start time – 9  a.m.) for inclement weather updates. Barring heavy rain or ice, we will proceed with this project. No email the morning of means the project is a go. Projects include tire collections from nearby illegal dumps, cleaning campground fire pits, community garden beautification, hiking trail cleanup and beautification in TO Fuller State Park’s Butterfly Garden.

EVENT: MLK Day Food Drive

TIME: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

LOCATION: 450 Mulberry St.

DETAILS: Mid-South Food Bank, in partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum, will host our King Day Food Drive benefiting our hungry neighbors across the Mid-South. For this event, volunteers will be outside of the museum collecting nonperishable donations from patrons as they enter through one of the two main entrances and exits.

All volunteers are REQUIRED to arrive 30 to 40 minutes (earlier if desired) prior to their shift. This will ensure enough time to park, sign- in, and receive specific instructions as to where you’ll be stationed during your shift. This will also give existing volunteers time to leave their post and exit the event.

There will be MANDATORY orientation taking place January 13th from 10A to 12P and January 15th from 5:30P to 7:30P. Orientation will be held at Mid-South Food Bank located at 3865 South Perkins.

EVENT: KING DAY 2020 Volunteer (3rd Shift)

TIME: 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

LOCATION: National Civil Rights Museum; 450 Mulberry Street

DETAILS: Volunteers will be assigned to assist museum guests as directional assistants both indoors and outdoors and provide museum information with a warm, friendly attitude.

Qualifications:  Good communication and customer service skills; ability to assist guests in a calm, enthusiastic, controlled manner; must have a desire to interact with people of all ages and walks of life; must be flexible and able to work with minimal supervision.

Volunteer Orientation is Mandatory and will be held on Saturday, January 11 at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, January 14 at 6  p.m.. Both orientation sessions will be held in the Hooks-Hyde Hall.