MLK Day of Service: How to Help in 2022

Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service? In honor of Dr. King's legacy fighting for systemic change, this Monday, January 17th, is a great time to volunteer to improve our community.

Here are a few ways you and your kids can help!

Support teachers and staff.

- Write a note of appreciation for the faculty members who have been doing the most over the past two years to adapt to pandemic challenges and keep classrooms harmonious.

- Buy a gift certificate for coffee or a sandwich and gift it to teachers, staff, or crossing guards.

- Check if teachers need extra K95 masks and gift them a box if so.

- Speak with fellow parents about how you can help teachers advocate for smaller class sizes, more testing, better ventilation systems, and environments safe for both kids AND STAFF.


Create a Kindness Rock.

Take inspiration from the Kindness Rocks Project by painting some beautiful stones and leaving them around the neighborhood to bring others joy.

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Day of Service at Brower Park

Monday, January 17th

Shirley Chisholm Circle at Brower Park

1:30pm - 3:00pm: Join Repair the World Brooklyn & Friends of Brower Park to package diapers and baby essentials for St. John’s Bread and Life, an organization that provides vital access to food and comprehensive support for Brooklyn neighbors in need.

Details and registration here.

3:00pm - 4:30pm Join Friends of Brower Park and Repair the World Brooklyn for Read, Clean, and Dream: a family-friendly Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. We will clean up the park while discussing the words and works of Dr. King, as well as local hero and civil rights leader Shirley Chisholm, using the beautiful illustrations and lyrical poetry in "Change Sings!" by Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States.

Details and registration here.


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Camp Friendship Food Drive - Pack a Bag and Make a Difference

Camp Friendship Food Pantry is accepting donations of:

-white rice
-canned and dried beans
-macaroni and cheese
-cooking oil
-shelf-stable milk
-canned veggies
-canned tomatoes

They also would love any Fresh Direct bags and diapers you have to donate!


Drop Off: Camp Friendship

339 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY - 11215

Fridays, 6pm - 8pm

Saturdays, 9am - 2pm

Monday, January 17th, 12pm - 2pm 

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Donate to the Gowanus Mutual Aid Free Store

For their next monthly Market Day (1/29), Gowanus Mutual Aid will be providing PPE and hygiene items, along with other essential supplies, FREE to our neighbords.

Help them buy PPE and hygiene supplies by shopping their wish list here:

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Support Sean Casey Animal Rescue through the #BettyWhiteChallenge

Betty White was a friend to countless animals throughout her legendary life, and now that legacy is living on. The #BettyWhiteChallenge is a virtual event that is being held now through Jan. 17 (which would have been Betty's 100th birthday). The event asks fans to donate $5 to animal rescues or shelters in her name.
Here is a link to Sean Casey's GoFundMe page for a new rescue van:
You can donate through their website:
You can also venmo nyanimalrescue.

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Get books to kids!

Sort, stamp and curate books for distribution to kids and families all over the city with Brooklyn Book Bodega. Information HERE


More ways to celebrate and commemorate on MLK Day: 

Saturday, January 15th
1:00pm - 1:45pm
This dynamic one-man presentation chronicles the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, from his early childhood through his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
Saturday, January 15th - Monday, January 17th
Celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through interactive performances, protest marches, community art programs, and volunteer projects!
Monday, January 17th
10:30am - 12:30pm
Join BAM in person or via livestream for this beloved Brooklyn tradition, which rings in a new year with music, dance, and an invigorating call to action.