YCS and the City of Palo Alto are pleased to celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To volunteer, CLICK HERE to sign up.

10am – 1pm
Monday, January 16, 2017
Mitchell Park Community Center
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA

*Rain or Shine! Please join us!*

This annual event will include:

  • Speakers to include Larry Moody, East Palo Alto; and Mayor Gregg Sharff, Palo Alto
  • Local nonprofit agencies with information about service opportunities
  • Legacy walk poster display of major historical events influenced by Dr. King
  • Activities for youth
  • Social justice education materials for youth by Reach and Teach, San Mateo
  • King’s Papers from the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford
  • Food by Ada’s Cafe, and
  • Youth entertainment

Other events on MLK Day:

East Palo Alto Mayor’s Tree Planting & MLK Day of Service
Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Jack Farrell Park, 2509 Fordham St, East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Join Canopy to plant trees and landscape plants at Jack Farrell Park in honor of the Martin Luther King National Day of Service. The special day will also include a Ceremonial Mayor’s Tree Planting with the East Palo Alto’s new mayor, Larry Moody.

Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:45am. The Mayor’s Tree Planting Ceremony will take place at 10am. Email uriel@canopy.org with questions or group volunteer inquiries. Sign up here to volunteer for the Day of Service or email shannon@canopy.org to RSVP for the Ceremonial Mayor’s Tree Planting.


JCC Mitzvah Day
10th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day of Service
When:  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Join hundreds of your neighbors for a community-wide day of “tikkun olam” (“repair of the world”) as part of a National Day of Service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This inter-generational event will feature a range of hands-on service projects; participants will work in small groups on projects addressing issues of poverty, hunger, housing and homelessness, aging, the environment and more.

Come on your own or with your family and friends! We ask that any volunteers under the age of 15 be accompanied by a parent.  We look forward to working with you to promote Dr. King’s legacy of tolerance, peace and equality and increase our community’s commitment to service and justice. This fun and inspirational day will leave you feeling accomplished and energized!

Project Leaders:
Would you be willing to act as a project leader?  As the Project Leader, you are expected to meet once with the Mitzvah Day Coordinator to go over the details of the chosen project, and manage the project on the day of the event from the set up to giving directions to volunteers to delivering the outcome. Please let us know if you can help by contacting Robin Vasilakos at rvasilakos@paloaltojcc.org. Pre-registration is required and space is limited in each service project.

For more information, contact Robin at rvasilakos@paloaltojcc.org  or (650) 223-8791


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration and Freedom Train

Following the celebration, join in riding the MLK Celebration Train to the San Francisco MLK Day March and Celebration. Mon., Jan. 16. 8:30am. Check website for details of program. Reserve FREE CalTrain MLK train tickets at caltrain.com. Downtown San Mateo CalTrain station, 385 First Ave. mlksmc.com.