Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

By The Volunteer Center

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is,

'What are you doing for others?' " Dr. Martin Luther King Jr


Martin Luther King Day is considered a National Day of Service, encouraging people to “make it a day on, not a day off”!  For 11 years, The Volunteer Center has hosted a signature event designed to bring our community together to complete service projects benefiting local nonprofit organizations and to learn about the many ways to serve throughout the year.

Please join us January 18, 2021 we will host a virtual event featuring service projects, a nonprofit fair, children's activities, performances and more!


While this year looks very different, we want to highlight the need for service more than ever before!  Please join us for our virtual event on January 18 at 1pm, sponsored by Truist Bank.  You can tune in on our Facebook page, as well as on the Home page of our website.  You will get to hear from some exceptional local nonprofits, see footage from service projects, and view our Photo Booth.  We have some local celebrities lined up for Story Time, a chance for you to get FREE children's books for kids 0-5, and more!!

Photo Booth

Thanks to The Beta Iota Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Greensboro Jewish Federation and Joy Squad, we have a virtual photo booth!  You can create a still, GIF, or burst!  These images will be featured during the MLK Day of Service virtual program. Click here to strike a pose!

Career Fair

Triad Goodwill has teamed up with  The Volunteer Center of the Triad to bring job-seekers in Central North Carolina the February One Virtual Career Fair.

For several years, this partnered career fair has traditionally been held on January 18, in conjunction with the Volunteer Center of the Triad’s Martin Luther King Day of Service event, however due to safety precautions, this year, the event has moved to a digital platform, but will still be held on a significant date - February 1st.

This virtual career fair will begin at 10AM and will be held via Zoom. Several local employers will participate in the event, including the Greensboro Fire Department, Burlington Police Department, NC DPS, Right-At-Home In-Care Home Care & Assistance, XLC Services, and more. These opportunities are full-time and part-time and range between $10 - $20 per hour, depending on the position and company. Available positions include; warehouse/logistics, customer service, home care & assistance, public service, and more.

The event will kick-off with an introduction from Russell E. Dye, Community & Business Engagement Manager for Triad Goodwill, followed by a brief presentation from each employer during which they will highlight their career opportunities, hiring process, and information about their organization. Job-seekers will then have the opportunity to attend breakout rooms with their potential employers and learn more from the hiring representatives.

This is a FREE event, and is open to anyone interested in obtaining full-time or part-time work in Central North Carolina. Experience is not required, but preferred for certain opportunities with employers. Registration in advance is required. Register online at  https://form.jotform.com/210045333118139


Are you looking for ways to serve? 

We are hosting a Food Drive and Baby Needs Drive!  Please bring shelf-stable food or new baby items such as: diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, clothes, socks, blankets, etc. to The Volunteer Center of the Triad, located at 1500 Yanceyville Street.  We are open from 8:30am-5pm Monday through Friday!

You can help with our MLK Drive clean-up in Greensboro on Saturday, January 16 at 9am.  To sign up, or for more information, click here!

We are also hosting a Blood Drive on Saturday, January 16 from 11am-4pm at the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, 1451 S Elm-Eugene St, Greensboro, NC 27406

For additional ways to serve in January and beyond, please click here!



Thanks so much to this year's sponsors!

And to our great partners!


Kindness for King

Kindness for King is a way to promote Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community by engaging students in the Triad in service to others. 

By submitting a presentation of their completed projects, schools are offered a chance to win a cash prize of $500 (thanks to Arch MI!) and traveling trophy. 

Past projects have included food drives, creating feeding programs within the school, visits to nursing homes, advocating for kindness in schools, sock drives, starting school gardens, etc.

Since everyone is learning virtually, we are opening up this opportunity to families. If a family wins the prize, they can decide which school or nonprofit organization wins the prize money.

Interested in learning more?  Contact Hope Tyler  [email protected]

2020 Kindness for King winners- CJ Greene Education Center


Our 2020 MLK Day of Service accomplishments:

  • 2600 people in attendance
  • Nonprofit Fair- 40 agencies attended
  • Food Drive - collected 900 pounds of food that was donated to Out of the Garden Project
  • Service Projects – onsite acts of service
    • 500 Care Kits- toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, lotion, petroleum jelly, band aids, gauze, antibiotic ointment
      • 250 were given to Partners Ending Homelessness to hand out during their Point in Time Count (a census for people experiencing homelessness)
      • 250 were given to One Step Further Food Pantry
    • 500 Snack Packs- pretzels, fruit snacks, applesauce, granola bar, cookies
      • 250 to Partners Ending Homelessness
      • 250 to One Step Further Community Support and Nutrition Program
    • 75 No-Sew Blankets- given to Partners Ending Homelessness
    • 100 Valentines for Seniors
    • 50 Suncatchers

Interested in Learning More?

If you'd like to learn more about this program, you can contact:
Hope Tyler

The Volunteer Center extends its deepest gratitude to our Circle of Service Members:

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