Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2017

A Day ON, Not a Day OFF

For MLK Day 2017, Boston Cares has created opportunities for 750 volunteers to support Boston youth through STEM education tools and beds for kids in need.  650 MLK Day volunteers will create "make your own robot kits", engineering kits, science-themed murals, math games and math flash cards forBoston Public Schools, providing classrooms with exciting tools for learning. Additionally, 100 volunteers will join us in launching our new twin bed design, for children who do not have a bed of their own.  

By the end of the day, we hope to create the following:

  • 500 robotics kits - with one robot and the materials for a student to make their own
  • 375 engineering kits - with materials and guides to experiment with bridge building
  • 250 math games
  • 750 math flashcards
  • 3 periodic table murals for classrooms
  • 35 twin-sized beds

Volunteers will select a STEM tool activity station based on age and interest, with an additional station for our youngest volunteers to decorate bookmarks. There is a project for all ages! Completed STEM tools will be distributed to Boston Public Schools, and beds will be distributed to agency partners serving low-income and homeless families in our community.  

This is a fun, flexible, and family-friendly event! Children as young as 5 and their families are welcome to attend.  Space is limited so sign-up soon - pre-registration is required!

Date: Monday, January 16th, 2017
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Kick off at 10:00am sharp 
Location: Boston Latin School, 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115 (T-Accessible, Green Line- E Train at Longwood Medical Area)

To sign up  - please use the links below:

  • To sign up for family-friendly projects creating STEM education tools - CLICK HERE!
  • New Volunteer Orientation (immediately following the day of service at 1pm, attend if you'd like to become a Boston Cares members and sign up for additional projects after MLK Day!) 
  • Please note: volunteer space on the Bed Project is currently limited to our sponsors - for more details click here.

Please click on the links above to sign up for these projects. Pre-registration is required in order to attend. These opportunities are open to individuals, families, children ages 5+, and groups. Please click here for detailed information on signing up as a group or family. 

If you are under 18 years old, you will need to bring a signed waiver in order to participate. Please download this and have a parent sign it -- you will need this in order to participate! 

Please remember that there must be one adult for every three youth under 18!

Please email or call Allegra Marra with any questions:, 617-422-0910 x 206.

Media & Corporate Groups

Members of the press are again welcome to cover the event, which is Boston's largest MLK day of service. Companies are welcome to participate in MLK Day as sponsors with benefits including reserved volunteer slots for employees, clients, and their families (ages 5+). Your corporate support helps to make this service event free and open to the general public. For media and corporate sponsorship inquiries only, please contact Sara Hamilton, Director of Programs at 617-422-0910 x203  or

About this National Day of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
Each year, Boston Cares volunteers join Americans across the country to answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an iconic civil rights leader who believed that every person can make a difference in their community. His teachings were about alleviating poverty, ending racism and uniting communities in understanding and love.  On MLK Day 2016, 650 volunteers will meet community needs focused on supporting literacy programs in classrooms. 

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