Commit to volunteerism for MLK Jr. Day

For those who get Martin Luther King Jr. Day off from work and school, some honor the memory of the slain civil rights leader by committing to service projects in their communities.

Whether you volunteer for one day or use the holiday to spark a longer-term commitment, there are many volunteer options through Clackamas County.

 “Volunteering raises everyone’s spirits and there is a volunteer opportunity to fit any schedule,” said Wendy Hays, Clackamas County Social Services’ Volunteer Connection, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) Coordinator. “Just a couple hours a month can make a huge difference for someone who needs a ride to the doctor, help with paying bills, or is in need of food — the gift of volunteering could save a life, and is life-changing and heartwarming for all involved.”

Local residents have a history of giving back through volunteer service. This year, Oregon was named in the top three states for volunteerism.

Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Become a monitor at a local Warming Centers, helping provide a safe place for homeless people during cold weather.
  • Help seniors on a fixed income learn how to manage their finances with our Money Management Program
  • Provide rides for seniors and people with disabilities who may need help getting around town with our Transportation Reaching People program.

You can also go to our Volunteering in Clackamas County web page for more volunteer opportunities, including:

  • Senior services          
  • Dogs services
  • CPOs
  • ABCs, Hamlets, Villages,         
  • NCPRD natural resources
  • Translation services

You can also join us at Clackamas County’s Volunteer Engagement Fair, which is a free event set for April 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clackamas County Development Services Building,150 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City 97045. Call 503-650-5796 for more information.