MLK Day Made Easy: Best-of-the-Web Resources

MLKdayEleven days to go and if you’re up to your neck in planning and preparation, this is your one-stop shop for help.

We’ve scoured the Web to find the best online resources for the upcoming day of service. Learn from the experts and and you’ll be able to make the nation’s day ON more like a relaxing day OFF — for you, at least:

  • Effective Practices Guide to Inclusive and Accessible Days of Service [PDF] –  City Cares, Youth Service America and Points of Light Institute have teamed up to write this helpful best practices manual on managing big service days.  The guide includes sections on pre-event planning, day-of logistics and post-event procedures as well as worksheets for budgets, fundraising, and recruitment. It also offers sample photo release and waiver forms, resources for accommodating people with disabilities and analysis tools to make sure your event is accessible to everyone.
  • CNSC’s Educational Resources for Kids on MLK Day – The Corporation for National and Community Service offers examples of many fun and educational activities children can do on MLK Day. If you think you’ve thought of everything, check out their ideas for freedom windsocks, unity hand wreaths, and disability obstacle courses.
  • MLKDay.gov remains the go-to source for planning every aspect of the day, whether your nonprofit is big or small, experienced or shaking in its boots. Click on the Resources for Organizations tab for toolkits, project examples, and marketing materials.
  • MLK Day at Flickr – Need inspiration? Here’s a great slide show of photos at Flickr that are tagged with “MLK Day”.

If you’re ahead of the game and ready to roll on January 18, then help others by sharing your plans here.

And as always, keep posting opportunities with MLK-related keywords on VolunteerMatch.org to ensure that your good cause connects with good people this MLK Day. Good examples are “MLK,” “King Day,” and “MLK Day of Service.”