MLK Day of Service


Join us for a Day of Service on MLK Day at our Bidwell Riverside Center campus.  Volunteers are needed for numerous projects. (Sign up below.)

Location:  1203 Hartford Avenue, Des Moines, IA.

Projects include:  

  • Helping clients check in for clothing and bread.

  • Stocking food pantry shelves. 

  • Hanging and sorting donations.

  • Cleaning and sanitizing day care rooms.

Please note: The pantry will have limited services this day (only clothing and bread/pastries) as our staff will be observing the holiday. The pantry will be run all by volunteers at this event. 

To Volunteer:  To sign up, select a time in the chart below by clicking the link in the appropriate column to open the sign-up form.  Volunteers are welcome to stay longer than the 2-hour shifts.  (Please complete a form  for each individual volunteer including children.)

If you need assistance, please contact Missy Reams by phone at 515-244-6251 option 5 or by email at


"The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities." For more information, go to the The Corporation for National and Community Service's website.  #MLKDAY

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