MLK Day of Service Events for Families

Martin Luther King Day is observed on Monday January 19, 2015. MLK Day has been declared a National Day of Service, a call for Americans from all walks of life to work together and serve our neighbors and communities.

We’ve round up some of the most family-friendly MLK Day of Service Events in Lake County for you and your children to participate in. Some need advance registration so be sure to check the listing before planning on attending. If you want to plan your own day of service, read our Parent/Child Volunteering Opportunities story for ideas and organizations that welcome children and families.

MLK Day of Service Events for Families in Lake County

Annual Multi-Generational Martin Luther King day of Service
Monday, 19 January, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Avenue West, Highland Park
Recreation Center of Highland Park is proud to host the fifth  annual Day of Service presented by The Highland Park Human Relations Commission and North Shore School District 112. Meaningful, creative, and fun service projects will help various agencies in the area. Come alone or bring friends and family to make this a day to remember for all. This is your chance to turn community concerns into citizen action. Toiletries are needed to create baggies for residents of local shelters and food donations are also needed. Invite friends and family to work on various meaningful and creative projects that support various agencies in the area.  Contact the Park District at 847-831-3810 for more information.

National Day of Service Public Service Project
Monday, 19 January, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire
Celebrate the great Martin Luther King Jr. Day by creating soft, cuddly, pillows and get well cards for children at Shriners Hospital.  This program is free and open to all children in grades 3 and up with a caregiver. Register online, by telephone at 224-543-1486, or in person at any service desk in the library.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Tuesday, 20 January, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Waukegan Public Library, 128 North County Street, Waukegan
Join the library as they celebrate the 21st annual National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community members will have the opportunity to create get well cards that will be distributed to pediatric patients of Vista Health System. All of the supplies will be provided by the Library in the lower level. Contact the library at 847-623-2041 for more information.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations and Activities in Lake County

Other sites around the county are hosting special events and celebrations to educate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These are all family friendly events, just not service focused events.

Martin Luther King R. Celebration
Sunday, 18 January, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
St. Paul AME Church, 336 Washington Ave., Glencoe
Join neighbors and friends at St. Paul AME Church for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. For more information, please call St. Paul AME Church at 847-835-4421.

Kids MLK Educational Activity
Monday, 19 January 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mariano’s stores in Lake Zurich, Buffalo Grove,  and Gurnee will be holding a kids activity all day. Drop in anytime to learn more about the life and times of this American Civil Rights hero through an educational kids activity

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, 19 January, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Zion-Benton Public Library, 2400 Gabriel Ave., Zion
Join us for a special storytime and help us craft our own Dream and Peace Mural. Everyone is invited!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Film: Akeelah and the Bee
Tuesday, 20 January, 1:00- 3:00 p.m.
Waukegan Public Library, 128 North County Street, Waukegan
See the Inspiring story of Akeelah, an 11-year-old girl living in South Los Angeles, discovers she has a talent for spelling, which she hopes will take her to the National Spelling Bee. Despite her mother’s objections, Akeelah doesn’t give up on her goal. She finds help in the form of a mysterious teacher, and along with overwhelming support from her community, Akeelah might just have what it takes to make her dream come true.


How will you be spending MLK Day?

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