Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr Day – January 15th – Interfaith Clearinghouse

mlkInterfaith Works’ Program Council members created this web page to list the many service opportunities in Thurston County (and some beyond) for Martin Luther King Jr Day. The intention is to give people of faith and others interest in service more lead time to review what the long list of service events and make a plan to attend the one that is most compelling. Environmental restoration, serving low-income neighbors, helping out at places like Habitat for Humanity building sites – these are just a few of the many ways we can honor the legacy of Dr. King right here in Thurston County.

SPSCC Foundation’s 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet with keynote speaker Tamika Mallory

Tamika Mallory

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Keynote speaker activist Tamika Mallory is the keynote speaker for this year’s annual South Puget Sound Community College Artist & Lecture Series banquet honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mallory was co-president for the worldwide Women’s March protest in 2017, the largest single day protest in U.S. history, and is a champion for social justice and leader in grassroots campaigns involving gun violence, women’s rights, and police violence.

Price: $40 includes program and meal



As we get other opportunities and events we will add them here.

You can find out more about MLK Day of Service and search for more volunteer opportunities here:

Here are the service events we listed in January 2017:

 Saturday, January 14th

Please join the SPSCC Foundation at the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on January 14, 2017, at the SPSCC Student Union Building. The annual banquet is a partnership between SPSCC, Thurston Group of Washington State, The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, and Olympia Federal Savings.

Michael Tubbs is the keynote speaker.

See more information here.

Tickets are $40 and are available online at or by calling 360.596.5430.

MLK Service Day: Native Planting at Discovery Trail @ Discovery Trail
Jan 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Pack a lunch and join us at Discovery Trail, along the Chehalis River in Centralia for our native planting event!

What to expect: planting native species; restoring previous plantings; removing some invasives; a nice winter day with your community; great birding.

What to bring: Lunch and your preferred gloves, we have all the equipment and some gloves to spare! See you there!

Where: Discovery Trail – 1545 Goodrich Rd.; Centralia, WA 98531
Cost: Free
Contact: Kylea Johnson, 360-807-0764

Priest Point Park MLK Jr. Day of Service Volunteer Work Party @ Priest Point Park

Jan 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join staff from Park Stewardship and Water Resources to honor Martin Luther King Junior with a day of service.

We will continue to work on restoration.

Meet at Picnic Shelter #4 near the playground. Sturdy waterproof shoes/boots are a must! Register with Stream Team.

Priest Point Park – East Bay Drive Northeast; Olympia, WA 98506
Cost: Free
Contact: Olympia Parks, Arts, and Recreation 360-753-8365

Sunday, January 15th

Silent meditative peace walk honors Martin Luther King’s Values.

Local Buddhists with Open Gate Zendo invite everyone to participate in this annual event. Arrive at Marathon Park(west side of Olympia’s Capitol Lake) shortly before 12 noon for the brief welcome and instruction. Then walk silently, meditatively (no chanting or conversation and no signs) around the lake. Enjoy camaraderie and silent meditation/prayers for healing and peace. See map here. Info:

Monday, January 16th

Rally and lobby at State Capitol on Martin Luther King’s holiday to promote social and economic justice

Yes, the State Legislature is in session on this holiday.  Every year on MLK day, people gather to meet with state legislators, share their stories, and combine their energies to end poverty and support human rights.  It starts at 9 am at St John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave SE, Olympia 98501, just a few blocks SE of the Capitol Bldg.  It runs until 3:30 pm.  The organizers provide free lunch (and child care if requested in advance).  Info and registration:  Registration is open for our 12th Annual MLK Day!  For more information, call Poverty Action at (206) 694-6794 or Toll-Free at 1-866-789-7726.  Sponsored by Statewide Poverty Action Network, 1501 N 45th Street, Seattle WA 98103

MLK Day March for Justice at 12 noon in Olympia:

2017 marks the 50 year anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign launched by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Half a century later poverty and inequality persist nationwide and around the world.  We need a New Poor People’s Campaign!  Today’s march at 12 noon in Olympia is a meaningful annual event.  Bring the whole family!  It’s sponsored by Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER),  More planning will occur on Mon. Jan. 9 at 5:30 pm at the POWER office, 309 5th Ave SE, Olympia  Info:  (360) 701-3570  POWER is an organization of low-income parents and allies advocating for a strong social safety net while working toward a world where children and care giving are truly valued, and the devastation of poverty has been eradicated.

2017 MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast: Let’s Talk About Action

University of Washington – Tacoma
Mon 1/16/17 at 8am-10:30am
Address: 1918 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA  98402

The 11th Annual MLK Unity Breakfast is held to recognize and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and his historic civic leadership that inspired a nation to strive for equality. This gathering honors the message of Dr. King and the progress he continues to inspire. The theme of the 2017 MLK Unity Breakfast is “Let’s Talk About Action.” The organizing committee has invited Erin Jones, the first African-American woman to run for executive office in the state of Washington, to give the keynote address at this year’s MLK Unity Breakfast. The Unity Breakfast was established by the Black Student Union to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, and inspire members of the campus community to continue to work to make his vision of an equitable society a reality. The program recognizes students, faculty, and community members for outstanding service to the community through the Dream Awards which are presented during the program. Tickets can also be purchased at This year’s Unity Breakfast is cosponsored by the Division of Student and Enrollment Services and the Black Student Union of the University of Washington Tacoma.
Event Info: (253) 692-4501
Event Website »

Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center

Mon 1/16/17 at 7am-1pm
Address: 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA  98402

Call for volunteers to work at the City of Tacoma’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

How do you volunteer? If you or your organization would like to volunteer at the 2017 MLK event, please submit an application form. Go to event website to apply.

Info: (253) 573-2523

March for MLK 2017

MLK’s legacy of service lives on in our annual March for MLK. You’re invited to join Bates staff, students and countless community members to march to the City of Tacoma’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

Starts at the Bates Technical College Downtown Campus – 1101 S Yakima Ave., Tacoma, WA  98405.
Ends at Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center – a shuttle bus will be available to return marchers to the Downtown Campus.

8 a.m. – Refreshments in the cafeteria
9 a.m. – March begins
11 a.m. – Community celebration at the trade center

For more information, call 253.680.7113 or visit
Event Info: (253) 680-7000

Bates Technical College
1101 S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA  98405

MLK Day of Service at the West Bay Woods

Mon 1/16/17 at 10am-2pm
Address:  E. End of Dickinson Ave. N.W.; Olympia, WA  98502

The West Bay Woods of Olympia, Washington are crucial habitat for Pacific Great Blue Herons and many other species. With recent City acquisitions, the West Bay Woods have grown by several acres. The Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation invites you to be a part of an ongoing effort to restore these 8 acres of land. Examples of work includes: clearing ivy from trees and the ground, removing invasive Holly trees, and weeding and maintaining existing areas planted with native species. Please bring clippers, handsaw and/or a shovel if you have them. This is a rewarding way to preserve habitat, improve water quality, and create urban wild lands. Your work will make an immediate and visible impact! Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes and work gloves. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Event Info: (360) 357-4230
Ages: All ages welcome
Price: Free

MLK Day Restoration Celebration at Darlin Creek Preserve

Mon 1/16/17 at 9:30am-4pm
phone     (360) 867-2167

Come when you can, stay as long as you like! In honor of the MLK Day of Service, we invite community members to join WSU Extension Water Resources/Native Plant Salvage, and Veterans Conservation Corps at a stunning Capitol Land Trust Property for a day of habitat restoration and hands-on learning. Hot vegetarian soup, sandwiches, hot drinks, cookies, and other snacks will be available to keep volunteers fueled for this important work.

Register by emailing, or visit our website for more information.

Would you like to help us prepare for the event? We will be doing the hard work of site preparation on Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13. Please email us if you are available to volunteer on any of those days!
Event Info: (360) 867-2167
Ages: All ages welcome
Price: Free!

MLK Day of Service Shoreline Cleanup with CHB

Mon 1/16/17 at 12:45pm-4pm

Winter weather and tides push trash to the north side of Commencement Bay and onto local beaches, where it can harm wildlife and people alike. Lend a hand for the environment this MLK Day, by helping us removing plastic and other debris before it can impact the health of our waters!

We’ll meet at the Tyee Marina (5618 Marine View Dr., Tacoma 98422) at 12:45pm and finish by 4pm. Citizens for a Healthy Bay will provide gloves, supplies and refreshments. You just need waterproof / sturdy footwear and warm clothing.

Rain or shine, we’re getting at it! Should the weather turn problematic, we may have to re-schedule. If this happens, a notice will be posted on our website (, and we’ll email all who have RSVP’d. This event is part of the Commencement Bay Stewardship Collaboration, a partnership between NRDA Trustees and Earthcorps Please RSVP at or (253) 383-2429 by January 12th!!
Info: (253) 383-2429

Tyee Marina
address: 5618 Marine View Dr., Tacoma, WA  98422
phone     (253) 383-2429