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Celebrating MLK Day in Huntsville with a Day of Service

Celebrating MLK Day in Huntsville with a Day of Service

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 17, and there are 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.

MLK Day Parades & Events

Huntsville MLK Day Parade

Due to Covid-19 there is no Huntsville MLK Day Parade for 2021. But it’s never too late to plan for next year! You can spend the day reading great books about Martin Luther King with your kids and doing some fun MLK Crafts.

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Athens-Limestone MLK Day Program

Time: January 17 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Limestone County Courthouse
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The Athens Limestone County MLK Program is on and outdoors for 2022!

King Day: An All Day Hybrid Celebration

Time: January 17 @ 8:00 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Virtual Events
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The National Civil Rights Museum has pivoted to present King Day: An All-Day Hybrid Celebration on the national holiday with FREE museum admission. The virtual celebration will feature musical performances, special tributes and spoken word. For young virtual viewers, there will be a virtual program for children and families.

Organized, Scheduled Volunteer 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: or
Contact: Lauren Carter
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+

Litter Cleanup Volunteers Needed

Date & Time: Ongoing
Organization: Operation Green team
Location: Varies or Operation Green Team website
Volunteers and groups needed for litter cleanup on a once or ongoing basis. Cleanup supplies can be provided for an area you identify or we can help you select an area in need. Adopt-A-Mile routes are also available for those able to make an on-going commitment. All ages and ability levels are welcome and needed to Keep Huntsville Beautiful.
Ages: Any and all! Family-friendly.

CASA Ramp Warehouse Prep & Repair

Date & Time: Call 256-533-7775 for details.
Location: CASA Warehouse 1222 Grace Street HSV, AL 35801 (map)
Website: or
Contact: Johnny Keeter
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

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 volunteering with kids at Manna House HERE.
Age: 18+, or kids assisting an adult

DIY Service Opportunities

If any of the above dates, times, or locations are not convenient you still have options! 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
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!

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DIY Food Pantry Drive

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

  • 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)

Food Pantry 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!

DIY Diaper Drive for Local Babies

Date & Time: Date & Time of your choosing
Location: Supply Drive location of your choice. We like the National Diaper Bank of North AL!
Delivery Location: 2000 Vernon Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35805
Diaper Drop off: M-F 8:30AM-4:30 PM
You can host a diaper drive! At work, home, neighborhood, or just over social media, you can request diapers and wipes and then turn them in to Huntsville’s National Diaper Bank location that serves local families in need.

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