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Monday, January 15, 2024

The Jersey Cares Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service engages people across the state to embody Dr. King's vision and bring people of all ages and backgrounds together, strengthening their communities and building a stronger New Jersey. Volunteers across the state will come together to honor Dr. King's legacy through a variety of projects.


MLK Weekend Opportunities

Not available on Monday, but want to get involved? Check out these projects happening all-weekend long!

Coat Sorting: Volunteers will sort through coat donations in-person at our container sites across the state. All opportunities will be held outside, unless otherwise noted.

  • Registration for these projects is FREE.
  • These projects are appropriate for ages 14+.
  • All opportunities will take place from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • All Coat Sorting opportunities will take place on Sunday, January 14th.
  • Please click the links below to register.

Coat Sorting in Branchburg

Coat Sorting in Cherry Hill - this project is at maximum capacity for volunteers

Coat Sorting in Freehold - this project is at maximum capacity for volunteers

Coat Sorting in Garfield - this project is at maximum capacity for volunteers

Coat Sorting in Livingston - this project is at maximum capacity for volunteers

Coat Sorting in Metuchen

Coat Sorting in Morristown - this project is at maximum capacity for volunteers

Coat Sorting in Ramsey

Coat Sorting in Union


Virtual Project Options

Virtual Cards: Volunteers will create electronic cards including pictures and inspirational quotes for essential workers to thank them for their dedication to the community.    

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This project is appropriate for ages 4+.
  • This project will take place from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Registration for this project is now closed.

Virtual Chopped Challenge Workshop: Volunteers will participate in a Hunger Simulation Icebreaker to understand the difficulties of feeding a family on a limited budget and create custom recipes for economically disadvantaged families using food commonly found in inner city convenience and grocery stores. 

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This project is appropriate for ages 14+.
  • This project will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Registration for this project is now closed.

Virtual Civic Learning Session: Volunteers will learn how to take civic action in their community and will create an action item to engage civically in their community.

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This project is appropriate for ages 14+.
  • This project will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Registration for this project is now closed.

Virtual Understanding Homelessness Workshop:  Volunteers will participate in an simulation to understand the situations that can lead to experiencing homelessness and create custom "You Matter" cards to uplift individuals and build their self-worth and esteem.

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This project is appropriate for ages 14+.
  • This project will take place from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Registration for this project is now closed.

In-Person Project Options

"I Have A Dream" Walk in Millburn:  Volunteers will come together in solidarity to support the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and social justice causes by walking 2 miles or running a 5k. 50% of all funds raised for this project support the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This event is appropriate for ages 4+.
  • This event will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Registration for this project is now closed.

Kit Assembly in East Orange:  Volunteers will create a variety of kits to support nonprofits and schools throughout the state to support community members. Kits include: STEM Kits, Veteran Hope Packs, and Disaster Preparedness Kits with No-Sew Fleece Blankets. All kits will include creative components as well as kit packing activities.

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This event is appropriate for ages 4+.
  • This event will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • This project is at maximum capacity for volunteers.

Kit Assembly in Jersey City:  Volunteers will create a variety of kits to support nonprofits and schools throughout the state to support community members. Kits include: STEM Kits, Veteran Hope Packs, and Disaster Preparedness Kits with No-Sew Fleece Blankets. All kits will include creative components as well as kit packing activities.

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This event is appropriate for ages 4+.
  • This event will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • This project is at maximum capacity for volunteers.

Kit Assembly in Rahway:  Volunteers will create a variety of kits to support nonprofits and schools throughout the state to support community members. Kits include: STEM Kits, Veteran Hope Packs, and Disaster Preparedness Kits with No-Sew Fleece Blankets. All kits will include creative components as well as kit packing activities.

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This event is appropriate for ages 4+.
  • This event will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • This project is at maximum capacity for volunteers.

Care of the Park in Branch Brook Park: Volunteers will help beautify Branch Brook Park in Newark. This opportunity is held outside, so please dress warm.

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This event is appropriate for ages 12+.
  • This event will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • This project is at maximum capacity for volunteers.

Revitalization in East Orange: Volunteers will revitalize teachers' lounges to provide a refreshed, uplifting space for the school's hardworking teachers, transform new school spaces to improve functionality, and paint a variety of murals to create an inspiring school environment. 

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This event is appropriate for ages 16+.
  • This event will take place from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • This project is at maximum capacity for volunteers.

Revitalization in Jersey City:  Volunteers will revitalize teachers' lounges to provide a refreshed, uplifting space for the school's hardworking teachers. 

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This event is appropriate for ages 16+.
  • This event will take place from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • This project is at maximum capacity for volunteers.

Revitalization in Rahway:  Volunteers will revitalize teachers' lounges to provide a refreshed, uplifting space for the school's hardworking teachers, and install stair decals to brighten the stairways for students. 

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This event is appropriate for ages 16+.
  • This event will take place from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • This project is at maximum capacity for volunteers.

Thank You to Our 2024 Sponsors


Questions? Please call us at 973-533-1993 or email us at mlkdos@jerseycares.org.

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