How Atlanta is giving back on MLK Day!

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta and changed the world! On October 14, 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. Every January we remember him and celebrate his vision with MLK Day - the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service.

Here are a few of the amazing events in and around Atlanta today!

Monday Jan 20 10am-1pm - Help the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance to restore and maintain habitat at the Outdoor Activity Center, a 26-acre urban forest, in southwest Atlanta and the Hardnett Community Garden. Please wear warm clothing that you do not mind getting dirty. Children are welcome,but must be supervised at all times. Work gloves, tools, snacks and warm drinks will be provided. Feel free to pack a light lunch! Don't forget to bring your re-fillable water bottle and reusable hot cup. Outdoor Activity Center -1442 Richland Rd SW -Atlanta, GA 30310

The Atlanta History Museum is celebrating by presenting - Walking Through the Valley: A Journey Towards Freedom - Woodruff Auditorium - Shows start promptly at 11:00am, 1:00 pm, 3:00pm Enjoy a special community day, featuring inspiring performances, programs, and historical simulations that highlight contributions and stories of African Americans in Atlanta. Explore and be a part of the conversation with the Atlanta History Museum

Hands On Atlanta is the City of Atlanta's MLK Day Service Project. 3000 Volunteers are gathering at Atlanta City Hal to help Atlantans in need in partnership with Jack and Jill of Atlanta. They are focusing on 3 city-wide service projects honoring Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community. 

  • Making hats and scarves for delivery to City of Atlanta Warming Centers (temporary homeless shelters open during frigid temperatures)
  • Making hats and blankets for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta patients
  • Sortiing clothing for Keisha’s Kloset, which provides clothing for trafficking victims.  

Livable Buckhead volunteer day at Loridans Park! 10am- 12pm - This Day in the Dirt event provides an extraordinary opportunity to promote community involvement, encourage environmental Stewardship, while making an immediate, tangible impact on one of Buckhead's newest parks. These volunteer events will include pruning, rooting out invasive species, cleaning up the park by collecting trash, etc. No previous experience is necessary. Tools will be provided for by Livable Buckhead and the Atlanta Toolbank.

Safari Camp School's Out Session at Zoo Atlanta is a great opportunity to engage and excite your young explorers about the world around them! Participants ages 5-11 will be immersed in hands-on, minds-on activities that introduce them to wildlife and wild places, all while learning how they can make a difference to conserve these important species.

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