Celebrating MLK Day in Huntsville with Parades & Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 16th, and Huntsville is celebrating with a parade and many opportunities for families to serve the community in his honor. It’s great to have the day off from school and work, but it’s also a chance to have a conversation with your kids about service above self and the benefits of giving back.

Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his entire life to civil rights. His impact and sacrifice can be felt all over the USA and in every corner of the world. If we could all give back, even just a little bit, the impact would be enormous. In that vein, the Volunteer Center of Madison County and the United Way of Madison County have aggregated some wonderful volunteer opportunities for families in Madison County. Please get in touch with them and learn about all the ways to give back to your community with your kids.

You can also find some wonderful local service projects through the United We Serve website.

Don’t forget to kick off the holiday with the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Saturday!

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This year’s parade is Saturday at Noon in Downtown Huntsville.


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MLK Day Parade

Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Noon
Downtown Huntsville | More Info

It might be a bit chilly outside but it’s a great day for a parade!

Organized, Scheduled Opportunities

CASA Garden Cleanup and Winterization

Date & Time: Call (256) 533-7775 for details.
Location: CASA Garden 4725 Bob Wallace Avenue HSV, AL 35801 (map)
Website: www.casamadisoncty.org or www.thevolunteercentermc.org
Contact: Lauren Carter lauren@casamadisoncty.org
The CASA garden provides fresh fruits and vegetables to elderly and homebound clients in Madison County. Volunteers are needed to mulch, harvest, weed, and provide general winter clean-up. Bring water and wear closed-toed shoes; CASA will provide gardening tools.
Age: 12+

CASA Ramp Warehouse Prep & Repair

Date & Time: Call 256-533-7775 for details.
Location: CASA Warehouse 1222 Grace Street HSV, AL 35801 (map)
Website: www.casamadisoncty.org or www.thevolunteercentermc.org
Contact: Johnny Keeter servicescoordinator@casamadisoncty.org
Description: CASA warehouse is for pre-building and preparing for builds of wheelchair ramps. Volunteers can work indoors to cut, build, and paint for our ramp teams before they go out and install the customized ramp. Call 256-533-7775 for details.
Age: 19+, or older kids assisting an adult


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Manna House Nightly Food Distribution

Date & Time: Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 4pm-7pm
Location: Manna House 2110 S. Memorial Parkway, Huntsville (map)
Contact: 256-503-4848
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Come to Manna House and help distribute a daily provision of food for individuals, families, and the homeless in our community. We welcome anyone in need every time we are open. Primary foods available include canned goods, bread, breakfast items, and desserts. Read about our experiencing voluntering with kids at Manna House HERE.
Age: 18+, or kids assisting an adult

DIY Service Opportunities

Date, time, or location not convenient? Want to get younger kiddos involved? Host your own donation drives. From food to basic toiletries, all are needed in our area… pick your recipient and organize your own drive.

DIY Donation Drive for Senior Citizens

Date & Time: Date & Time of your choosing
Location: Supply Drive location of your choice.
Box Delivery Location: 701 Andrew Jackson Way Huntsville, AL
Box Drop off :M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM
www.thevolunteercentermc.org
You can host a senior citizen supply drive! At work, home, neighborhood, or just over social media, you can request donated items and then turn them in. Items needed: Socks, Blankets, Canned Foods with Pop Tops, Low Sodium Canned Items, $25 Walmart or Kroger Gift Cards, Shower Chairs, Tub Transfer Benches, Cardiac Walkers, Walking Canes, No Fragrance Toiletries (Shampoo, lotion, deodorant, soap, and shaving cream).
Ages: Any and all!

DIY Food Pantry Drive

Date & Time: Date & Time of your choosing
Location: Supply drive location of your choice.
Box Delivery Date & Time: Anytime the agency offices listed below are open.


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  • Inside Out: M-F 9:30AM-2PM;
  • Asbury UMC : M-R 8-4:30PM at church office or Friday 8:30am-12:00pm
  • Good Shepherd UMC: M-R 8-4:30PM at church office or Friday 8:30am-12:00pm
  • Manna House: M, W, & R: 2PM (call for good time @ 256-503-4848)

Box Delivery Locations:

  • Asbury UMC: 980 Hughes Road Madison AL 35758
  • Good Shepherd UMC: 1418 Old Railroad Bed Road Madison AL 35757
  • Inside-Out Ministries: 104 Gin Oaks Ct. Madison, AL 35758
  • Manna House: 2110 S. Memorial Pkwy HSV, AL 35801

Food Pantry Website details or deliver food collected to Manna House 
You can host a food drive for your local food pantry. At work, home, neighborhood, or just over social media, you can request donated items and then turn them in. Items needed: jelly, pancake mix, syrup, canned fruits, condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo), canned chicken, canned ham, canned tuna, canned veggies, applesauce, canned fruit, hearty soups, canned pasta, deodorant, shampoo, soaps, toilet paper, laundry detergent, general cleaners
Age: any and all!

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