Want to volunteer in honor of MLK? Here's how to give back

Of the 30 service days it organizes, City Year Los Angeles's MLK mural beautifying day is the most popular with volunteers.
Of the 30 service days it organizes, City Year Los Angeles's MLK mural beautifying day is the most popular with volunteers.
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Thousands of Angelenos will again choose to honor the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. through a day of volunteering on Monday. 

At Augustus Hawkins High School alone, more than 1,300 people are expected to turn up to paint murals from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The mural beautifying project is organized by the national education non-profit City Year Los Angeles. 

"You'll see volunteers who are up at the wall, really involved in their little piece of this project and painting for three, four hours," Mary Jane Stevenson, the group's executive director told KPCC. "And then they'll stand back and they'll see what a community can do."

Of the 30 service days that Stevenson's group organizes, the MLK mural day is the most popular with volunteers. Here's what it was like last year:


But painting murals is not the only way to give back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read on for other volunteer opportunities being held in the Los Angeles area on Monday.

Help the homeless From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., volunteers can conduct surveys and distribute books, clothing, hygiene products and food to the homeless in and around Skid Row in Downtown L.A. Meet at Weingart Center Association at 556 S. San Pedro. Organized by AmeriCorps's Hope for the Homeless.

Read to middle schoolers From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers can read to students, help tweak their resumes and work in the garden at Thomas A. Edison Middle School at 6500 Hooper Ave. This service day will include live entertainment, food and a raffle. Organized by Los Angeles Education Partnership.

Harvest some food If you've been dying to get out into the garden, head to 2914 East Walnut St. in Pasadena. In the lot next to Ganahl Lumber at the GroWORKS community garden, you can make signs, do some weeding, and plant and harvest food from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Organized by the Learning Works Charter School.

Plant a tree If you'd like to plant a tree in Martin Luther King Jr.'s honor, don't forget to don your work clothes and gloves. The event will be held in South Monte from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 751 Santa Anita Ave. Organized by the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area.

Build a rain garden In Long Beach, you can give back by helping to construct a rain garden that will divert groundwater from storm drains, or work in a garden that will provide food for the school and local farmers market. Bring your shades, water bottle and a rake or shovel if you have one. Expect to get dirty from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 6509 Gundry Ave. Organized by Leadership Long Beach.

There are still more volunteer opportunities taking place in the Los Angeles area on Monday. Find 'em here.