by Emilie Davis

Volunteer Coordinator

January 16, 2012 will mark the 26th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This is an opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

In the Salt Lake area there are a number of ways you can get involved on or around January 16th to celebrate the day of service.

  • Maliheh Free Clinic needs volunteers January 9-12th to promote volunteerism at various clinics, hospitals, and service learning centers.  Contact Karen Case for more information #801-266-3700 ext.2.
  • Playworks is hosting a Family Fun Night January 16th for parents and students of 5 participating schools in the Granite, Salt Lake, and Jordan School Districts.  Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve a meal and/or help teach fun, interactive games to the families.  Contact Ben Cromwell #801-503-5917 for more information for this event or how to get a program started at your child’s school.
  • The Refugee and Immigrant Center at the Asian Association of Utah needs your help Saturday January 14th to make improvements to their new building. Activities range from painting a stairwell to setting up a computer lab.  Contact Yang Song at #801-467-6060 ext.476 for more information.
  • Learning for Life is engaging more than 300 high school students on January 20th in an activity that will benefit Granite School District’s Young Parent Program.
  • Salt Lake County RSVP Cell Phones for Soldiers needs your cell phone donation to buy prepaid phone cards for our soldiers overseas.  The collection effort will culminate on January 16th at the RSVP office. For more information call #385-468-3240.

Learn about these and other volunteer opportunities by dialing 2-1-1 or by contacting Emilie Davis, Volunteer Coordinator at United Way of Salt Lake ( or #801-736-7768).