Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service


“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday is a National Day of Service, and a time to re-commit ourselves to serving each other and our communities. Americans across the country will honor Dr. King by helping their neighbors and communities. This Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King's life and teachings into community service.

Participate and share with us on social media. We're @HandsOnRVA


Volunteer at a Community Project

Most projects close for registration at noon on Friday, January 13.

School Supply Drive

HandsOn Greater Richmond and Richmond Public Schools join together for an MLK Day School Supply Drive. Community members can join together to support RPS by collecting and donating school supplies, which will be distributed to RPS schools in January 2017. Volunteers can bring any combination of the needed items below. Please plan to bring at least 5 items.

The BOLD items are priority:
  • Pack of pencils (at least 12 pack)
  • Pack of erasers 
  • Pencil Sharpeners (pack of hand-held or larger mechanical)
  • Pencil pouches
  • Blue Pens
  • Black Pens
  • Pack of highlighters
  • Mead Composition Notebook
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Loose-leaf paper (standard rule)
  • Copy Paper
  • Sheet Protectors
  • 3x5 Index Cards
  • Card Stock
  • Glue sticks
  • Children's scissors
  • Regular scissors
  • Box of Crayons
  • Box of Markers
  • Ruler(s)
  • Four-function calculators
  • Laminating Machine(s) 
  • Box of Tissues 
  • Hand Sanitizer (10oz or more)
  • Dry Erase Board Markers & Erasers
  • Folders with 2 pockets
You are now welcome to drop off your items without registering on
Monday, January 16, 2017 from 9am to 12pm at:
Clark Springs Elementary School
1101 Dance Street Richmond VA 23220

We will not mark volunteer hours for anyone who did not register.

DIY at Home

Do it Yourself Volunteering allows families and groups of all ages and sizes to participate in community service from the comfort of their own homes. (the DIY is now full)

Film and Discussion

Race (2016, PG-13)
Race is a 2016 biographical sports drama film about African American athlete Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history, which thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.

Sunday, January 15, 2017.
Doors open around 4pm.
Movie begins at 4:30pm.
The Byrd Theatre: 2908 W. Cary Street.

Free. Please register at Eventbrite.

Movie will be followed by a short discussion and community conversation.

Co-hosted by The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, the University of Richmond Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, and The Byrd Theatre.

Please share your thoughts with us #MLKDayRVA #RaceMovie and tag @HandsOnRVA

Walk and Roll for Kindness

Our nonprofit partner, REAP (The Richmond Entrepreneur's Assistance Program) will host the Walk & Roll for Kindness event as part of its #REAPKindnessCampaign. Amy Lacey from WRIC will host. REAP is a non-profit organization that strives to put the concept of kindness front and center. By helping people with disabilities acquire job training or helping them hone their skills, REAP operates through kindness – a virtue that they think everyone is capable of embodying.

Mon, January 16, 2017
Regency Square Mall
2nd Floor
Register at Eventbrite