JCRC’s MLK Day of Service has become a meaningful day for individuals and families from the Jewish community to come together to volunteer and honor the legacy of Dr. King.  In January 2017, 200 volunteers from the Jewish community joined sites all over Greater Boston for service opportunities. We have even more ways to get involved for 2018.  Volunteers will be placed in projects on a first come, first serve basis.  Sites fill up quickly so register today! 

 Hebrew SeniorLife

Documentary and Discussion: “Brother Outsider” - Join residents from HSL in viewing and discussing a documentary about Bayard Rustin and his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

Location: 100 Centre Street, Brookline

Time: 1:30pm-4:00pm

Open to young adults


St. Francis Soup Kitchen

The first shift will be helping to prepare the lunchtime meal and get the soup kitchen ready for lunch service. The second shift will be serving the meal to clients. St. Francis is a day shelter in Downtown Crossing that serves between 300-350 people daily.

Location: 39 Boylston Street, Copley Square Boston

Shift one: 9:00am-11:00am - FULL

Shift two: 11:00am-1:30pm - FULL

Open to all volunteers aged 18+


St. Stephens Youth Programs - FULL

Volunteers will be working on beautification and revitalization projects throughout the elementary school. After volunteering, there will be a lunch and discussion about MLK and why it has become a day of volunteering.

Location: Blackstone Elementary School, 380 Shawmut Ave, South End Boston

Time: 8:30am-1:30pm (optional lunch and discussion from 12:00pm-1:30pm)

Open to all ages including families, teens, and young adults


Jewish Vocational Services - Lynn, MA  - MANY SPOTS AVAILABLE!

Join Mayor McGee, JVS, and local community partners to connect Lynn community members with free resources from JVS. We are spreading the word about JVS programming that includes adult education, skill building, and employment services. Sign up for one, two or three hours of volunteer work, and then spend time at headquarters, 10 Church Street, where we will provide lunch, coffee and hot chocolate, along with music and other festivities.

You can help on MLK Day by:

  • Spreading the word through one-on-one conversations with people in the community
  • Distributing flyers detailing free JVS services

Location: Lynn City Hall, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn

Time: Kickoff at 10:30am featuring Mayor McGee and JVS CEO Jerry Rubin

Volunteering will take place between 11am-3pm.  Sign up for one, two, or three hours of volunteering.

Open to all ages including families, teens, and young adults

Rebuilding Together Boston

Both shifts will be working to revitalize the interior of the Second Church Enrichment Center. Tasks include: painting, light wood working and carpentry, floor and railing repairs.  All skills levels –including no skills - are welcome. The Second Church Enrichment Center is a nondenominational community center that serves 850 people annually, including 250 children. (This project is a collaboration between the JCRC and Rebuilding Together Boston, and made possible by a Massachusetts Service Alliance grant.)

Location: The Second Church Enrichment Center, 44 Moultrie Street, Codman Square Dorchester

Shift one: 9:00am-12:30pm - FULL

Shift two: 1:00pm-4:30pm - FULL

Open to any volunteer over 16 years old without a chaperone. Each volunteer aged 12-15 must have a chaperone.

Families looking for additional opportunities on MLK Day can be in touch with Shoshana Edelson, Young Adult Social Justice Coordinator.

For more information, contact Emily Reichman, Director of Service Initiatives, or Shoshana Edelson, Young Adult Social Justice Coordinator.


If you are interested in
volunteering with JVS in Lynn,
please click here to visit
their registration page.