FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/File) Martin Luther King Jr.
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/File)

In honor of his legacy, every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, organizations across North Carolina hold days of service, giving community members a chance to volunteer and help others, just like Dr. King did.

Monday marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday that commemorates the life of the civil rights icon who fought for equality, justice, and to improve the lives of all, at home and abroad.

King believe deeply and firmly in the importance of serving and helping others. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” Dr. King said.

In honor of his legacy, every year on MLK Day, organizations across North Carolina hold days of service, giving community members a chance to volunteer and help others, just like Dr. King did.

Here are four service opportunities in North Carolina this weekend and on Monday:

The Volunteer Center (Greensboro)

For 13 years, The Volunteer Center has hosted a signature event designed to bring the community together to complete service projects benefiting local nonprofit organizations and to learn about the many ways to serve throughout the year.

Date: Sunday, January 15th

Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Simkins Pavilion: 1500 Barber Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27401

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MLK Day of Service (Raleigh)

Join United Way of the Greater Triangle, EVOLVE Mentoring, Empower All, and many others on MLK Day for a youth-driven experience that will center the voices of today’s young people in conversations around community service, life transitions, and what it’s like growing into adulthood amongst today’s challenges.

Date: Monday, January 16th

Time: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Boys and Girls Club of Wake County’s Teen Center | 721 N. Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27610

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (Holly Springs)

In coordination with North Carolina’s Year of the Trail celebration, volunteers will be mulching and cleaning the trail at Bass Lake Park. This project is intended for volunteers ages 16+. Volunteers ages 10-15 are able to assist with a parent/guardian in attendance. Pre-registration is required to ensure adequate supplies are available. A waiver is required to participate. Register online

As a second service project, children and families can create Valentine’s Day cards for seniors in the conference room at Bass Lake Park. The cards will be distributed with the assistance of Holly Springs Police Department. Card making is walk-in only, so no registration or waiver are needed. 

Date: Monday, January 16th

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Location: Bass Lake Park | 900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs, NC 27540

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Apex National Day of Service & Food Truck Rodeo (Apex)

Join the town of Apex’s first National Day of Service followed by a food truck rodeo.

Date: Monday, January 16th

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Apex Baptist Church | 110 South Salem Street, Apex, NC 27502

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