10 Ways to Give Back in Memphis on MLK Day 2015

Posted by: Andrew Bartolotta at  Sunday, January 11, 2015

The MLK Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides – today and throughout the year. These events provide each of us with an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders throughout Memphis to tackle community challenges and strengthen the area we live in. Below are ten events we found in the Memphis area that you can be a part of on MLK Day (January 19, 2015). These certainly aren't all the events in Memphis. We recommend following the #MLKDay hashtag to find additional local and national events you can be a part of.


1.) Clean Memphis & Leadership Memphis: Clean My Path Home

Clean Memphis will be hosting their annual MLK Day of service this year in 10 Memphis communities by teaming up with Leadership Memphis: SUCCESS High Schools. This year's theme is Clear My Path Home - removing litter and other debris from pathways students use to walk to school.

Project time 1-3pm
Location: Each school community
For more information, please contact Clean Memphis at (901) 235-2417 













2.) Be The Dream Memphis Weekend

The festivities will kick off January 17 with a Youth Symposium at the Cook Convention Center for teens ages 15-19.

Then on Monday, January 19, celebrate Dr. King's birthday at the Be the Dream Commemorative Celebration, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the historic Mason Temple, 930 Mason St, Memphis, TN 38126, where King delivered his final speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop." This spirit-filled worship service will call to encourage Memphians to put King's dream to work everyday in our local community.

Learn more about the day's events here.


3.) National Civil Rights Museum King Day Celebration

In the spirit of community service, the National Civil Rights Museum will partner with Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood to further offset admission costs for visitors through food and blood donations. Museum admission is reduced to $3 with canned or nonperishable donations, and is free for up to four people with a donation of a pint of blood.

Learn more here.





4.) Serve a Hot Meal to Those in Need at St. Mary's Soup Kitchen

St. Mary's Catholic Church has been serving the people of Memphis for over one hundred and fifty years.

This MLK Day, serve food to those in need from 7:00 - 10:00 a.m.










5.) Give Platelets at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Donating blood and blood products is an easy, safe and rewarding process and your donation is vital to the success of the St. Jude Children's Hospital mission. Every product collected in their donor center goes directly to the patients at the hospital.

Learn more here.









6.) Deliver Meals Through MIFA

This year, Be The Memphis is teaming up with MIFA to deliver meals to senior citizens in the Memphis community. If you would like to participate in this effort, simply click here to register and join hundreds of other helpers!

Volunteer drivers must have a valid drivers' license and car insurance.

All registrants will be contacted by the organizer with details on where to go following the Be the Dream Commemorative Celebration. Space for this project is limited.







7.) Blight Fight

This project will engage volunteers to fight blight through a beautification effort to properly board and secure buildings in a Memphis neighborhood.

Volunteers under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Click here to join Be The Dream Memphis as they fight community blight. All registrants will be contacted by the organizer with details about where to go following the Be the Dream Commemorative Celebration. Space for this project is limited.







8.) Samaritan's Feet: MLK Day with Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club & The Memphis Grizzlies

Volunteers are needed for the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club Samaritan's Feet Shoe Distribution on Tuesday, January 20 from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM in the FedExForum Grand Lobby. The LPBC and Memphis Grizzlies will be partnering with Samaritan's Feet for our 5th Annual National MLK Day of Service to provide more than 250 local kids with new socks and shoes.

Click here to volunteer.










9.) Clean Up Shelby Farms Park

Join Shelby Farms Park from 9:00 a.m. - noon to help clean up the park.

More details here.













10.) Become a Grizzlies TeamUp Mentor

The Grizzlies Foundation is focused on getting individuals and organizations from across the Mid-South interested and engaged in mentoring. Start your journey as a mentor today by learning more here.


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