5 Ways to Honor Martin Luther King's Day of Service

Donate your time to help others on MLK Day of Service. (Photo: NBAE/Getty Images)

Jan 14, 2011
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

January 17 marks the birthday of Martin Luther King and has been designated the MLK Day of Service. After you've slept in an extra hour, scroll below for five ways to help others in your community.

It's quick and easy to find a volunteer opportunity in your hometown. Visit the MLK Day of Service website, type in your zipcode and select a project near you.

Here are a few TakePart recommended actions:

1. Pitch in at Your Local Food Bank or Serve Food at a Homeless Shelter

2. Volunteer With Veterans

3. Give Blood or Volunteer at a Local Blood Drive

4. Mentor a Youth

5. Send a Care Package to a Soldier Serving in Iraq or Afghanistan

After you have served, share your story with others here.

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