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Honor MLK Through Community Service and Discussion

January 7, 2022 — The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday is a national day of service — and a time to re-commit to serving each other and our communities.  This Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King's life and teachings into community service that helps solve local problems. Over the MLK weekend, the Community Foundation and its partners want to harness the power of individual and collective action through a series of events celebrating MLK Day.  Sign up to participate in the following activities and make this “a day on, not a day off” for you, your friends and family. More details and registration can be found on our MLK Day webpage.

Use hashtags #MLKDayRVA and tag and follow us at @cfrichmondva.

Sunday, January 16th, 2:00 pm 

“Mending Walls” Live Panel Discussion & Breakout Groups with Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement and VPM

Hear from the artists of Mending Walls RVA, including Hamilton Glass, Kevin Orlosky and Sir James Thornhill, as they discuss this groundbreaking public art project which aims to establish empathy and connection through art. This live panel discussion will be followed by breakout sessions where participants will explore the impact that public art has on sparking conversations and shaping communities. Go to the information page to prepare for and register for events.

Schedule of events:

1. Watch the Mending Walls Documentary (on your own, before discussion)

2. "Mending Walls" Live Panel Discussion - 2pm via Facebook Live

3. "Mending Walls" Small Group Discussions - 3pm via Zoom

All weekend (Saturday – Monday) 

Community service projects

Sign up to participate in on-site or virtual service projects with community organizations serving the region. Volunteer opportunities include habitat restoration across local parks, community gardening projects, a book drive for Ettrick Elementary School, and more. Most projects are family friendly. Register for a community service project here.

In recent years, we have also partnered with Virginia State University and Chesterfield County to offer engaging service projects in the Tri-Cities area that honor Dr. King’s legacy. Click here to filter for volunteer opportunities in the Tri-Cities.

We want to emphasize the importance of wearing a mask, social distancing, and not volunteering if you do not feel well. All in-person projects will enforce safety protocols as recommended by the CDC.