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MLK Day of Service

Making time to volunteer for MLK Day of Service is a great way to engage with your community while honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Every action will make a difference in our world. We have numerous opportunities available which include in-person opportunities or virtual opportunities. All events are family friendly, unless otherwise noted. 

Virtual Opportunities

  • Donation Drives: Donation drives directly impact the lives of the people we assist by helping us feed and provide the basic care items needed for them to live and be work ready.  Suggested drives include: Food Drives, Toiletry Drives, and Winter Wear Clothing Drives. For more information, click here. 

  • Facebook Fundraiser: You can raise money and awareness for Bidwell Riverside Center or Hawthorn Hill directly through your own Facebook page. Funds are vital to help us continue working towards a vision of a future where no one lives in poverty and every person has the opportunity for a positive future.

  • Make No-sew T-shirt bags: Due to the increased demand on our pantry, we are in need of bags. Making no-sew t-shirt bags is a great project that you can do from home and allows you to re-purposes an old t-shirt​. For more information, click here.

Hawthorn Hill Opportunities

  • Children’s Activity: Choose and plan an activity for 10-25 children staying in our shelter. Volunteers will need to provide any supplies for the event. Ideas include crafts, story times, painting, or games. Children vary in ages from toddler to teens. With no school on this day, we suggest a late morning activity between 10 am - 11:30 am. 

  • Organizing Donations at Shelter: 2-3 volunteers are needed to organize our donations in the storage area. Suggested time frame would be 2-3 hours between 9 am - 4 pm. (You can choose the time that works for you.)

To sign up, email Missy Reams.

Bidwell Opportunities

  • Food and Clothing Pantry Help:  Volunteers are needed for each shift to welcome guests in to the pantry. Volunteers will primarily be stocking grocery shelves, organizing donations, and filling clothing racks. To sign up, click here.

  • Child Development Center Cleaning:  Volunteers are needed for each shift to help us sanitize toys and spruce up the classrooms. To sign up, click here

  • Painting:  A group of 4-10 adult volunteers are needed to paint a couple walls in classrooms.  Volunteers would need to commit to 2-3 hours. The time is flexible and can be scheduled between 9 am - 4 pm. To sign up, email Missy Reams.

MLK Day is a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Together, we step up to make our communities more equitable. Dr. King believed this change was possible, and he acknowledged and fought for systemic change. His example is our call to action.

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