2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: At-Home Edition

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Volunteer/donation opportunities for the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Also, sign up to take the pledge to commit acts of kindness all month long and challenge your friends, family and neighbors to do the same. Our projects continue to evolve so be sure to check back for updates and new projects. For donations other than the Village's DIY bundles, please contact the project organizer directly to find out about drop off locations.


MLK Day of Service - Do It Yourself Bundles

The Village of Flossmoor is sponsoring an event to help local agencies who provide warmth and comfort to those most in need. We want to create ‘do it yourself’ bundles that will be shared with the South Suburban Family Shelter, Respond Now and South Suburban PADS. Join our efforts by building a DIY kit (suggestions below) and dropping it off at the Village Hall between January 1, 2021 to February 1, 2021.

Questions? Contact Jackie Riffice, Community Relations Commissioner, at jariffice@comcast.net.

To participate:

  • Sign up as an MLK Day of Service volunteer by clicking the link on the Village website
  • Use a fabric or paper bag with handles (grocery size)
  • Pick a category below and fill it with some of the items
  • Spend as much or as little as you can but don’t exceed $50
  • Fill the bag and drop it off at the donation box located at Village Hall police department lobby.
  • Make one bundle or as many as you’d like – it’s a great family activity

Please keep these guidelines in mind when creating your DIY bundles:

  • All items must be new and unused
  • Food must have easy-open or pop tops
  • Food must not be expired



  • oatmeal
  • granola
  • raisins
  • applesauce
  • pretzels
  • chips
  • fruit cups
  • hot chocolate (packaged)
  • tea (packaged)


  • mac & cheese (boxed)
  • chili (canned)
  • soup (canned)
  • stew (canned)
  • ramen cups
  • popcorn
  • rice pouches
  • potato pouches
  • stuffing


  • coloring books/crayons
  • crossword puzzles
  • jigsaw puzzles
  • Play Doh
  • playing cards
  • journals
  • cross stitch kits
  • individual white boards


  • socks
  • gloves
  • facemasks
  • slippers
  • blankets


  • shampoo
  • toothbrush/paste
  • mouthwash
  • deodorant
  • Kleenex
  • hand sanitizer
  • cough drops
  • band aids
  • bath and body products


MLK Day of Service Project Host: HF Homes https://www.hf-homes.com/ and Leave it for Love 

Volunteer Coordinator: Vicki Stevenson, 708-251-1500 and Jennifer Molski 

At-Home Project Description: Create Valentine's Day cards at home to be delivered to local seniors. Brighten a senior's day with a sweet message or special drawing. Younger kids are encouraged to make little drawings or writing "Happy Valentine's Day." Older kids and adults should write a note or special message. These can be on preprinted cards or homemade!

Donation Drop-Off Location: HF Homes, 1044 Sterling Ave, Flossmoor, IL 60422

Donation Drop-Off Time: Now through February 7, 2021. If the business is not open, card can be dropped into the office's mail slot or donation box.


MLK Day of Service Project Host: Bridge Teen Center  https://thebridgeteencenter.org/ 

The Bridge Teen Center is an innovative grassroots nonprofit community center that was designed around the interests and needs of teens in the suburbs. We opened in Orland Park in 2010, and have served over 10,000 different teens and families from 128 Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana communities.

Our mission is to provide free programs during after-school and unsupervised hours where students can develop mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually in a safe environment. The vision of The Bridge Teen Center is to provide teens with a place to find hope, purpose, and direction. 

We serve students in 7th-12th grade, and also provide ongoing programs and resources to help parents navigate through the teenage years. Because student safety is our primary concern, The Bridge is managed by experienced professionals who are supported by well-trained and pre-screened adult volunteers.

On-going Volunteer Service Opportunities: We have volunteer opportunities for Afterschool and Friday nights at The Bridge Teen Center for adults volunteering with local teens. We also have volunteer opportunities for teens and adults at The Bridge Thrift Store to sort donations to be sold at our thrift store. All proceeds go directly to support The Bridge Teen Center.

Volunteer Coordinator: Kelsey VanDyken, kelsey@thebridgeteencenter.org, 708-532-0500x108

At-Home Project Description: Collect new or gently used items from your home that you no longer want or need and place them in a bag or box. Deliver that donation to The Bridge Thrift Store by driving around to the back of the store and placing your donation in the trailer.

Donation Request: To help process donations more efficiently, please consider pre-sorting your items. For clothing, we do not sell used underwear; damaged, stained, or faded clothing; or severely worn shoes. For other goods, we are not able to sell non-operational, damaged, or extremely dirty merchandise. For your safety and all those around you, we ask that all donors follow the posted donation drop-off signage. Special touch-free take-home receipts are available.

Donation Drop-Off Location: The Bridge Thrift Store which is at 15605 71st Ct, Orland Park, IL 60462

Donation Drop-Off Time: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? The Bridge Teen Center's mission is to provide free programs to all teens during after school and unsupervised hours where students can develop mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually in a safe environment. We have served over 10,000 students from 128 different communities. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexuality, or any other bias but are here to help all students not only be, but become.

To Sign-up, or for more information:  Kelsey VanDyken, kelsey@thebridgeteencenter.org.


MLK Day of Service Project Host:  South Suburban Humane Society www.southsuburbanhumane.org and Flossmoor Girl Scout Troop 65149

Mission Statement: The Mission of the South Suburban Humane Society is to protect and promote the well-being of pets and their people in our community and beyond.

Vision Statement: Creating a better world for pets and the people who love them.

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? We are a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

On-going Volunteer Service Opportunities: We have need for people to host donation drives in their neighborhoods for the animals at the shelter. We also have foster opportunities.

Volunteer Coordinator: Kathleen Pazanin, Volunteer@southsuburbanhumane.org, 708-755-7387 ext276 and Girl Scout Troop Leader Karen Cheung, russellke@gmail.com, 814-386-5166

At-Home Project Description: Neighborhood donation drive.

At-Home Project #2 Description: Families will learn how to make a DIY dog toy and DIY dog treat that will be donated directly to South Suburban Humane Society. Materials Needed to complete toy: an old towel or t-shirt, scissors. Materials Need to complete treats: peanut butter, flour, baking powder, honey and egg. Visit https://youtu.be/1IyeReUgIpM for a tutorial provided by Flossmoor Girl Scout Troop 65149.

A YouTube tutorial link will be posted Friday 1/15/2021 or you can receive the link by emailing Karen Cheung at russellke@gmail.com

Donation Drop-Off Location 1: South Suburban Humane Society lobby, 2207 W 183rd St Homewood, IL, Wednesday through Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

Donation Drop-Off Location 2: Donation bin - 750 Bruce Avenue. 

Neighborhood Donation Drive Request: 

  • Kitten Chow (or generic)
  • Canned Cat Food (pate style preferred)
  • Puppy Chow (or generic)
  • Dog & Cat Toys
  • Blankets/Rugs/Towels
  • 55 Gallon Trash Bags
  • Bleach
  • HE Laundry Detergent
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Non-Clumping Cat Litter
  • Foil Steamer Trays

Donation Drop-Off Location: 2207 W 183rd St Homewood, IL

Donation Drop-Off Time:  Wednesday through Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

To Sign-up, or for more information:  https://www.southsuburbanhumane.org/holidaydonationdrive


MLK Day of Service Project Host: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc Chi Lambda Lambda Chapter http://www.chilambdalambda.com/

Graduate Chapter of National Fraternity, hosting service projects throughout the year including Annual Blood Drive, Annual Turkey Basket Give-Away to South Suburban Communities, Mentoring, Health fair, and Voter Registration Drive.

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was one of action, one of helping others. As a Fraternity one of our mandated programs is an annual Blood Drive that we host in June. This year understanding the need for blood right now due to shortages because of the pandemic we wanted to take action and see if we could help others now.

Volunteer Coordinator:  Hubert Stalling, hubertstalling@yahoo.com, 708-309-8124

Project Description: Blood Drive with Versiti Blood Center Saving Lives Together | Versiti,  at Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Irwin Community Center Homewood-Flossmoor Park District – Where You Want To Be (hfparks.com)

Location: Irwin Community Center 18120 Highland Ave Homewood, IL

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Schedule your appointment: https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/5589852


MLK Day of Service Project Host:  Harold Colbert Jones Memorial Community Center Jones Center www.jonescenter.org

To strengthen family ties, emphasize the worth of God's children, and answer a community need. Providing a doorway to opportunity since 1917!

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Every child regardless of ethnic and socio-economic background deserves the opportunity to succeed!

On-going Volunteer Service Opportunities: One-on-one virtual tutoring (due to current pandemic most in-person services are suspended)

Volunteer Coordinator: Mark Goesel, mgoesel@jonescenter.org 708-305-1859

Project Description:

  • Write an encouraging card with a drawing for a student in our after-school program. Host will provide a first name, gender and age and you take it from there with your creativity!
  • Virtual MLK Trivia. Join Zoom group that will include other relevant games and fun!
  • Fill our on-site library with relevant books regarding equality for all! Books should target 1st thru 5th Grade students.
  • Canned goods to restock or food pantry.

Donation Request: Children's books about equality, hats/gloves, food pantry items

Donation Drop-Off Location: Front Porch of 2317 MacDonald Lane - Flossmoor, IL 60422

Donation Drop-Off Time:  Anytime on 1/18/2021

To Sign-up, or for more information: Send text or email to sign-up for MLK Trivia Zoom event. Mark Goesel, mgoesel@jonescenter.org 708-305-1859


MLK Day of Service Project Host:  SAND RIDGE NATURE CENTER & CAMPUS https://fpdcc.com/

The Forest Preserves of Cook County, with nearly 70,000 acres, is one of the oldest and largest forest preserve districts in the United States. It receives an estimated 62 million visits each year, providing an escape into a world teeming with wildlife and rich with outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities. Within its boundaries are rare habitats that offer plant and animal diversity on par with the rainforests of the world. Much has changed in the more than 100 years that the Forest Preserves has been serving the residents of Cook County, but we continue our commitment to the county’s natural wonders and the “education, pleasure and recreation of the public now and in the future.”

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Give Back to the Land - Giving back drives happiness, boosts self-esteem and builds community with others. Join us in a community-based restoration project as we restore native habitat to the land by removing invasive species.

On-going Volunteer Service Opportunities: If you have time, skills and enthusiasm to give, consider volunteering with the Forest Preserves of Cook County to help make your preserves healthier. Thousands of your Cook County neighbors volunteer each year, providing tens of thousands of hours of service. Our nearly 70,000 acres provide endless opportunities for you or your group to get outside, get exercise and make a meaningful difference at your local forest preserve.

Volunteer Coordinator: Stephen DeFalco, sandridge.naturecenter@cookcountyil.gov, 708-868-0606

Project Description: Self-guided litter pick up along the Burnham Greenway. Equipment including gloves, litter picker and trash bags will be provided.

Location: Sand Ridge Nature Center & Campus, 15891 Paxton Ave, South Holland

Project Time: Monday, January 18 from 10am – 2pm

To Sign-up, or for more information: email sandridge.naturecenter@cookcountyil.gov or phone 708-868-0606


MLK Day of Service Host: You Matter 2 & Project Kennedywww.youmatter2.org/mlkday

You Matter 2 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that inspires and empowers youth to be world changers. You Matter 2 works with 7th-12th grade students in the South Suburban area by getting them involved in community service, learning about local/global issues, building positive relationships, and organizing community events.

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Dr. King believed in equal rights for all and this project helps to provide those in need with the necessity of food and bring joy to families who are experiencing illnesses. Being of service to others is something Dr. King preached, he said "Life's most persistent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

On-going Volunteer Service Opportunities: 7th-12th grade students can get involved in community service by becoming a member of You Matter 2. 

Volunteer Coordinator: Destiny Watson,dwatson@youmatter2.org , (708) 200-5042

At-Home Project Description: Community members will have the opportunity to make lunches for South Suburban PADS and/or make tie blankets to be donated to cancer patients and their families to support Project Kennedy, another local nonprofit organization.

Donation Request:

  • Lunches for South Suburban PADS: turkey or ham sandwich with cheese, mustard, and lettuce, as well as a piece of fruit and sweet or salty snack with bottled water. Inside a brown paper bag decorated with a positive message.
  • Tie Blankets – This project requires any sort of fleece fabric.

Donation Drop-Off Location: 1050 W Indiana St, Glenwood, IL 60425

Donation Drop-Off Time: 1:00-3:00 PM

To Sign-up, or for more information: www.youmatter2.org/mlkday