MLK Day of Service Volunteer Ideas in Plano, McKinney, and More

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a nationally recognized Day of Service. Think of it as “a day on, not a day off.” Let’s make it a priority to walk the walk and honor the legacy of Dr. King this month (and always!). If you need ideas, have a look at these special volunteer opportunities and places to volunteer with kids near you. And you can also check out what’s going on in Dallas for MLK Day.

January 4 – 18
Winter Coat Drive | McKinney

Get your friends and neighbors involved! Love Live Foundation is collecting new and gently worn coats this month for children and adults in need. Three drop-off locations: Tupps Brewery, Brandon Tomes Volkswagen, and The Guitar Sanctuary in McKinney.

January 16
MLK Day of Service | Allen

First United Methodist Church of Allen will host a day of service for families in partnership with our local Kids Against Hunger satellite. Sign up for a shift at the link and bring your kids to help pack healthy meals for families in Honduras and Ukraine. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

January 16
Shoe and Clothing Drive | Coppell

Not technically Collin County, but not too far! There is a drive-through Soles4Souls drive today at the Coppell Arts Center. Bring new or gently used items and check out the Soles4Souls site to see what happens next! 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

>> RELATED READ :: Explaining MLK Day to Kids :: 3 Life Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life & Legacy <<

January 19
MLK Diversity Celebration | Plano

The 37th annual Plano ISD celebration will showcase student talent and diversity leadership in our schools and community. Pre-show activities include student talent and diversity leadership. 6:30 – 8:15 p.m

More Ways to Volunteer . . .

The Ronnia Langston Foundation is a local organization always in need of youth (16-plus years old) and adult volunteers to help support its mission of positive youth development. Fill out an online application to volunteer for community service projects, mentoring, and more.

Points of Light Global Network runs Engage, a platform for connecting community members with volunteer opportunities. Enter your zip code at the link to find a variety of volunteer opportunities.

JustServe helps connect you with organizations like the International Rescue Committee, Lovepacs, All Community Food Pantry in Allen, Samaritan Inn in McKinney, Grace Bridge Food Bank in Celina, and other local groups doing great work. You can even search for virtual volunteer opportunities.

Are you involved with any youth groups? Scouts, dance teams, athletics, etc.? Plan your own service project with the help of AmeriCorp. Use these volunteer project ideas and tips to get started. You can even register your project for greater visibility. Be sure to use #MLKDay when you register, so volunteers can find your event!

On that note, Youth Service America has an MLK Day of Service hub that’s FULL of resources to help you create projects and get kids engaged.

>> RELATED READ :: How to Volunteer with Kids in Collin County <<


After almost 20 years in other parts of Texas (Austin and Fort Worth!), Katie now lives in Richardson with her husband and two kids. She's horrible at social media but secretly likes Twitter best. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. If you've seen Death Becomes Her or Big Business more than once, you'll be best friends.


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