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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2023

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is proud to present their first annual MLK Day of Service. While Martin Luther King, Jr. Day became a federal holiday in 1983, it wasn’t until 1994 that it became a National Day of Service. To this day, it is the only federal holiday that is designated as a National Day of Service. MLK Day is used as a day of service to continue Dr. King’s legacy of achieving a Beloved Community. Please join us in honoring Dr. King by volunteering to help us all build a better community. 

Monday January 16th

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of January. Join us on Jan. 16th as we continue his vision toward building a better community for all.

Interested in volunteering as a group? Please contact Community Engagement Director, Liana Sharp, at

Volunteer Opportunities:

Tucson Village Farm

Jan. 16th 9am-12pm
Many projects on site, tasks will be at various skill levels and there will be projects for those that have physical limitations.

Sign Up Here!

MLK Day of Service at the Community Gardens!

Jan. 16th 9am-12pm
Activities may include: pulling weeds and clearing weeded areas of the community garden. Prepping garden beds, moving soil and compost. There are three different locations to volunteer at!

Sign Up Here for Doolen Middle School Community Garden!
Sign Up Here for I AM Temple of Tucson Community Garden!
Sign Up Here for Homer Davis Elementary School Community Garden!

A Day at Yume Japanese Gardens

Jan. 16th 9am-2pm
The major project will be painting the walls all around the koi pond. Some planting and stone arrangement around the pond edges may be additional tasks.

Sign Up Here!

Supply Drive for Opportunity Youth

Collect items between 12/15 and 1/13
Collect items need for our community’s Opportunity Youth and drop them off at the United Way of Tucson office. Kits will be assembled on MLK Day (1/16/23).

Sign Up Here!

Help Build Opportunity Youth Supply Kits

Jan. 16th 10am-1pm
Build kits with already donated items to be distributed to our partners who work directly with Opportunity Youth.

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Volunteer at the MLK Celebration Tucson

Jan. 16th, shifts between 7:30am – 3pm
Volunteers can sign up for a shift at the MLK Parade, taking place at the UArizona “The Bridge” on MLK Way/36th & Kino, or they can sign up for a shift at the MLK Celebration at Reid Park. 

Sign Up Here!

Help Color Bookmarks for our My Summer Library Program!

Jan. 16th 10am-12pm
Volunteers of all ages can help color in bookmarks that will be handed out during our My Summer Library program later in 2023.

Sign Up Here!

More Volunteer Opportunities Will Be Available Soon!

Unable to volunteer? Please consider donating.

Through our direct services, programming, partnerships, grant funding, and volunteers every $1 invested multiplies into a $5 impact. Our 100 years in Tucson and Southern Arizona has shown us that when we live united, we can achieve more than any single entity can alone because we’re Stronger UNITED.