2020 MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 20 – Seaside Park
Join us to make it a “Day On, not a Day Off,” on Monday, January 20 as part of the MLK National Day of Service in Long Beach. This year more than 500 community volunteers are expected to complete the 20 service projects across Long Beach. This event is sponsored by the Port of Long Beach, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Long Beach, the City of Long Beach and a host of civic and community organizations.
Join us at Seaside Park, near of 14th Street and Chestnut Avenue, for our kickoff rally and MLK celebratory remembrance at 8 AM. We will have a pancake breakfast and beverages before we begin our short program. We want all volunteers to attend to confirm their volunteer project site information and we will send you to your site by 9 AM.
Please review the project descriptions/requirement and sign up for your service activity. Please review any physical requirements or skills needed. Also, please review our waiver form as part of the registration.
Seaside Park Project
Project Host: Washington Neighborhood Association
Volunteers will clean-up and beautify the park and surrounding area. In addition, volunteers will inform residents about the city’s GO Long Beach app and trash collection programs.
Can accept same day volunteers.
LBCC Viking Closet
Project Host: LBCC President’s Ambassadors
As a clothing resource for needy LBCC students, volunteers will clean, paint and decorate facility, sort and label clothing, and assist in organizing the facility to make it an efficient resource for students.
Creating a Legacy Park:
Willow Springs Park
Project Host: Sustainability Office, City of Long Beach
Volunteers will have an opportunity to help create a park that generations following will enjoy for years. Volunteers will do landscaping and planting work in the open areas of Willow Springs Park.
Mural painting and landscaping
Project Host: United Cambodian Community
Representing the largest Cambodian community in the United States, the United Cambodian Community offices is in need of landscaping and painting volunteers. Volunteers will do small landscaping and planting in front of the office to enhance curb appeal and will paint the interior office space. Additionally, a mural painting can be done to promote community awareness and beautify the area.
Garden work/Mural banner painting/
Alley Clean (revised project)
Project Host: Starr-King Neighborhood Association
Volunteers will prepare 2 jumbo planters for vegetable gardens, paint mural on banner and set on fencing, and paint small bird houses and flower decorations on wooden fences. Also, volunteers will assist in cleaning alleyways of neighboring streets.
Please note, this is a revision of the original project.
One Lawn at a Time
Project Host: 6th Council District Office
Volunteers will help bring lawns and exterior property for elderly, disabled and/or disadvantaged household in need of beautifying property facing code enforcement from the city. Weeded front yards will be replanted with climate-friendly plants then mulched. Painting or repairing fences, mowing lawn and removing debris are some of the anticipated tasks.
House Number Paintings
Project Host: El Dorado Park South Neighborhood Association
Volunteers will paint house numbers on curbs to assist public safety and emergency responders with correct identification for houses in neighborhood.
Trash Can Art Project
Project Host: Jordan High School
Volunteers will paint trash barrels with bright colors and upbeat messages to brighten campus and encourage students.
Planting at Mary Molina Garden
Project Host: Long Beach Organic
Volunteers will prep and plant several garden plots. Produce from garden will be donated to homeless charities. Volunteers will also get demonstration and tips on planting a winter vegetable garden.
Tree Planting – Downtown Long Beach
Project Host: Downtown Long Beach Association
Volunteers will plant trees at empty tree wells to help beautify walkways and streets in Downtown community.
Unity Garden build & planting
Project Host: AOC7 Neighborhood Association and Mark Twain Library
Volunteers will build and paint garden beds plus connect the irrigation system with PVC piping system.
Gladys Avenue Urban Farm
Project Host: The MAYE Center
Volunteers will paint and renovate garden beds, make garden signs for elementary school students to learn science in the gardens, build compost structures and help beautify the space.
School Gardening project
Project Host: Lafayette School Parents
Volunteers will clear areas for plants and garden on school grounds to promote horticultural learning by students. Volunteers will plant avocado tree and apply mulch to 6 trees.
Bixby Road Parkway Improvement
Project Host: Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association
Volunteers will landscape and add ground cover plants to enhance roadway on Bixby Road. Tree planting and creating walking path of stones will also be project tasks for the morning.
Obama Library Garden work
Project Host: Michelle Obama Library
Volunteers will be involved in refurbishing and revitalizing 12 raised garden beds on the site. Volunteers will help create a community compost facility on site that will help educate residents on composting and gardening.
Victory Garden Beautification
Project Host: North LB Victory Garden
Volunteers will dig out tree roots and plant beans along fence perimeter of garden. This will increase growth production of the teaching farm.
Beach Clean Up
Project Host: Clean LB
Volunteers will help clean up the trash and debris from the LA and San Gabriel rivers that flows onto our beach.
Los Cerritos Wetlands Project
Project Host: Los Cerritos Wetlands Association
Project Details: Beautifying the Los Cerritos Wetlands. Volunteers will be removing weeds, cleaning, and will have a meaningful opportunity to learn about the Los Cerritos Wetlands. This is a the unique opportunity to volunteer at a Long Beach resource that has become one of the City’s and the community’s natural treasures at the entrance of the city.
Mural Painting – Justice theme
Project Host: StudioPick Art (Bixby Knolls)
Volunteers will assist in a mural painting in Bixby Knolls depicting a justice and liberty theme. The mural will help beautify the neighborhood and instill community pride.
No artistic skills needed.
Solar Installation Project
Project Date: TO BE DETERMINED
GRID Alternatives – Los Angeles
Volunteers will assist with installing racking and solar panels to a home in Long Beach. This will connect low-income families to a no-cost solar energy system so that they can reduce their monthly energy bill by 50-80%.
A 2-hour training prior to installation date is required of all volunteers. This project will also take about 7 hours to complete.
NOTE: This project may occur on the Day of Service or it may happen after that date.
This will be the 10th year that Leadership Long Beach has collaborated with other community and civic organizations and groups to make it a “Day On, not a Day Off” on the MLK National Day of Service in Long Beach.
We are proud to work with these great organizations and groups and are greatly pleased to continue to have an impact on making Long Beach a better place to live through our involvement in this annual activity. We are fortunate to have alumni, family and friends support us through this project and continue to make a difference in the neighborhoods of Long Beach.