2020 MLK Day of Service

2020 MLK Day of Service


Monday, January 20 – Seaside Park



Thanks to the 500+ volunteers who came out to make it a “Day On, not a Day Off,” on Monday, January 20 during the 2020 Long Beach MLK Day of Service.  With nearly 20 service projects across Long Beach and at least one in the nine council districts, our 10th year event has become the largest in Los Angeles County. The community came out and cleaned up beaches, cleared and planted at community gardens, painted colorful murals and spruced up parks, alleyways and wetland areas around the city. 


Thanks to this year’s sponsors, the Port of Long Beach, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Long Beach, and the City of Long Beach, and special thanks to the host of civic and community organizations who helped manage and direct volunteers to provide meaningful service.

2020 MLK Day of Service Sponsors

Get ready for the 2021 Long Beach MLK Day of Service on January 18, 2021!

Check with our website in early December to find out how to volunteer for next year!

“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 cleaned up the surrounding Washington neighborhood area and Seaside Park after the morning rally.

Project #2

LBCC Viking Closet

Project Host:  LBCC President’s Ambassadors

Volunteers helped clean and organize room space for clothing, books and other school materials for students to have as a resource on campus. 


Project #3

Willow Springs Park

Project Host:  Sustainability Office, City of Long Beach

Volunteers did general cleaning, clearing and landscaping at Willow Springs Park.

Project #4

Mural painting and landscaping

Project Host:  United Cambodian Community

Volunteers planted trees, did general office cleaning and painted a culturally significant mural on parking lot walls.

Project #5

Mural banner painting/Alley Clean

Project Host:  Starr-King Neighborhood Association

Volunteers cleaned neighboring streets and alleyway plus a mural was painted on a banner that had decorations applied to fence with banner.

Project #6

One Lawn at a Time

Project Host:  6th Council District Office

Volunteers mowed lawn and planted flowers and shrubs in lawn.  Trees were pruned and fences were painted and repaired as best as possible.  Volunteers are planning to return to finish up lawn work toward the rear of the home.

Project #7

House Number Paintings

Project Host:  El Dorado Park South Neighborhood Association

Volunteers painted 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 painted trash barrels with bright colors and upbeat messages to brighten campus and encourage students to keep school clean.

Project #9

Planting at Mary Molina Garden

Project Host:  Long Beach Organic

Volunteers helped prep and planted at several garden plots. 

Project #10

Tree Planting – Downtown Long Beach

Project Host:  Downtown Long Beach Association

Volunteers planted trees at three locations 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 helped build and painted garden beds at library’s community garden.  

Project #12

Gladys Avenue Urban Farm 

Project Host:  The MAYE Center

Volunteers painted storage facility, renovated garden beds, and helped build compost structures for community garden.

Project #13

School Gardening project

Project Host:  Lafayette School Parents

Volunteers cleared weeds and unwanted grass, then added shrubs and plants to help beautify the school grounds.

Project #14


Project #15

Obama Library Garden work

Project Host:  Michelle Obama Library

Volunteers worked on raised garden beds and then helped create a community compost facility.

Project #16

Victory Garden Beautification

Project Host:  North LB Victory Garden

Volunteers dug out tree roots and weeds from perimeter of facility and garden and helped spread mulch and compost to garden and trees.

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


Project #19

Los Cerritos Wetlands Project

Project Host:  Los Cerritos Wetlands Association

Volunteers removed weeds, debris and trash from wetlands area. 

Project #20

Mural Painting – Justice theme

Project Host:  StudioPick Art (Bixby Knolls)

Volunteers painted a mural depicting a justice/liberty theme on the side of a law office building in Bixby Knolls.

Thanks to our Sponsors and Supporters

Thanks to our Many Volunteers!

This was 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.