2020 MLK Day of Service

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.

Pre-registration is now closed.  There are some sites that can accept same day volunteers.

Please join us at our kickoff rally at 8:00 AM.  All volunteers should report to their project sites no later than 9:30 am.

“Everybody can be great . . . because anybody can serve.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968)

2020 Service Projects

Project #1

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.

Project #2

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. 



Project #3

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.

Project #4

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.



Project #5

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.

Project #6

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.

Project #7

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. 

Project #8

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.



Project #9

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.



Project #10

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.

Project #11

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.  



Project #12

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.



Project #13

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.

Project #14

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.



Project #15

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.

Project #16

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.

Project #17

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.  

Project #18

East Village project

Project Host:  East Village Association

Project details forthcoming.

Project #19

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. 

Project #20

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.

Family-friendy project


Solar Installation Project 


Project Host:
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.

Thanks to our Sponsors and Supporters


Thanks to our Many Volunteers!

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.