2018 MLK Day of Service – Long Beach

Long Beach residents, family and friends of all ages made it a “Day On, not a Day Off,” on Monday, January 15 as part of the MLK National Day of Service in Long Beach.  More than 200 volunteers participated in one of nine service projects coordinated by Leadership Long Beach and supported by the Office of the Mayor Robert Garcia, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, the Port of Long Beach and a host of civic and community organizations.

Scroll below to the nine projects and click through to see more photos and read about the many volunteers who helped make it a “Day on, not a Day Off” on the MLK National Day of Service in Long Beach.

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

News report from KABC 7

In addition to Leadership Long Beach, the Port of Long Beach, the Office of Mayor Robert Garcia, and the Office of Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, partners for the 2018 MLK Day of Service projects in Long Beach include the Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, City of Long Beach, Office of Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez (1st District), Long Beach Firefighters Association, Our Foods, Ricardo’s Nursery, Grant Neighborhood Association, Hamilton Neighborhood Association, Long Beach Organic, Black Ring Coffee, Community Action Team (Justin Rudd) and Long Beach CERT.

2018 Service Projects

Click on photos for each project recap and information

Michelle Obama Library
garden planting and cleanup

Urban Garden / Vice Mayor Richardson’s Office
garden upgrade and fence repair

91 Freeway Underpass
(Orange Avenue & Penfold Street)

area planting and cleanup

Houghton Park Helopad Area
planting, landscaping, cleanup

St. Mark’s Church
painting & children reading hour

Palo Grove Tree Planting
landscaping, planting and cleanup

North Long Beach Alley
debris/refuse removal and cleanup

Anny’s Flower
storefront cleanup and painting

Mary Molina Garden
planting, landscaping and cleanup

Thanks to our Many Volunteers!

This has been the eighth 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.