MLK Day 2021 & the National Day of Service

The Biden Inaugural Committee has announced their support for serving communities in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Message from the Biden Inaugural Committee:

The National Day of Service for the Inauguration of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will celebrate and honor the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18, 2021. The National Day of Service is an opportunity for all Americans to unite and serve at a time when the global pandemic calls on all of us to work together and support our communities. No matter where you are, you have an opportunity to give back and the agency to do so. Most volunteer activities only require an hour or two of your time, and all events will be virtual or socially distanced, in accordance with CDC protocol.

For many companies, especially in the U.S., MLK Day is traditionally, quite simply, a "day on, not a day off." Corporate volunteer managers spend weeks planning volunteer opportunities to share with their fellow employees, hoping to kick-off a year-long commitment to serve. This year is no different. However, with the inauguration of the newly-elected President and Vice President taking place just two days later, the Biden Inaugural Committee will be lifting up MLK Day and joining in on this National Day of Service.

On the committee's website, volunteers will be able to pledge their commitment to serve or host a community event on Jan. 18 and/or throughout the year. They can also search for volunteer opportunities, including those that are virtual, or find examples for inspiration.

If you're in need of searching for additional MLK Day volunteer opportunities, check out Points of Light's newly launched database of volunteer projects - Engage.

And, if you're looking for resources for self-education or to share with your peers around racial equity and social injustice, you'll find Points of Light's collection on the following webpages:

We'd love to hear your company's plans for celebrating MLK Day and the National Day of Service. Share them in the comments below!

Katy Elder

Vice President, Business Innovation, Points of Light

A member of the Points of Light team since November 2012, Katy serves as Vice President, Business Innovation. She brings with her nearly 20 years of experience in employee volunteerism, community affairs and internal communications. After leading Points of Light’s corporate consulting practice for six years, she is now responsible for developing content and innovative learning opportunities to advance the corporate citizenship sector.
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Justin Land 8 days ago

For the first time ever, MLK Day is a Dow U.S. paid holiday, which we are excited about. We are looking to safely celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, demonstrating our Dow ACTs commitment (, and helping meet the needs of our underrepresented communities.

Balancing remote and in-person engagement opportunities, we are highlighting partnerships and nurturing opportunities that are a catalyst for learning, recognizing progress and serving. 

From a volunteerism perspective, we currently have in-person and remote volunteer projects spanning GA, TX, KY, LA, MI, PA, TN, IL and virtual, with all embracing relevant covid restrictions.