MLK Service Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday

A day on; not a day off.

The communities of Berkley and Royal Oak honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service on Jan. 15, 2018 at Berkley High School (BHS), 2325 Catalpa Drive.

Save the date for Saturday, October 6

The joint Berkley-Royal Oak MLK Day of Service is extending beyond the January date to participate in this year’s Life Remodeled week.

Life Remodeled is a Detroit-based nonprofit that invests labor and resources into Detroit neighborhoods. Last year, the organization began renovating and repurposing the former Durfee Elementary-Middle School building (adjacent to Central High School) into the Durfee Innovation Society, repaired 53 homes, boarded up 534 vacant houses and removed blight on 367 blocks. This year, in response to the vision and requests of students and community residents, volunteers will plant at least 1,000 trees and perennials, build community gardens, install little free libraries, designate the safest routes to schools with artwork, upgrade several parks, install new bus shelters and add neighborhood signage.

We’re inviting community members (14 & older) to participate on Saturday, October 6! As a Royal Oak group member, you will receive a t-shirt and be put to work during the following hours:

  • Full Day: 9am - 5pm

  • Morning: 9am - 1pm

  • Afternoon: 1pm - 5pm

Transportation to the work site for students on Thursday will be arranged. All individuals and families will be responsible for transportation to the worksite, which is the neighborhood surrounding Durfee K-8 and Central High School in Detroit, and must sign a waiver form.

Click here to sign up and be sure to name “Berkley-Royal Oak” as the organization you are affiliated with for your t-shirt on the above dates.

The MLK Jr. Service Day began in 2017 as a way to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a ‘day on’ instead of ‘day off’, and inspire members of the community to get involved with local organizations past January and throughout the year. By providing an additional service opportunity, we hope you will join us in carrying on Dr. King’s legacy.

Photo Gallery: 2018 Onsite Service Projects

2018 Offsite Service Projects Included:

Judson Center
Volunteers created Valentine cards.
New Foster Care
Volunteers sorted donations, created food packages and wrote cards of encouragement for children and teenagers touched by foster care.
Yad Ezra
Volunteers chaperoned shoppers through food pantry. 
Redford Brightmoor
Volunteers cleaned, painted and worked on neighborhood projects.

Admission to this event was FREE with the donation of any of the following items.

Ziploc Bags 
Baby Wipes
Underwear (Children & Teens)
Mini First Aid Kits
Winter Scarves
Dry Pasta
Construction Paper
Bar Soap
Liquid Body Wash
Socks (Children & Teens)
Canned Goods
Dried Food Goods
Sanitary Napkins

Legal Paper
Binder Clips
Large White Bath Towels
Toilet Paper
Letter Paper
Kitchen Storage Bags
Trash Bags
Night Lights
Paper Clips
Playing Cards
Baby Wipes
Underwear (Children & Teens)
Mini First Aid Kits
Winter Scarves
Dry Pasta
Construction Paper
Stuffed Animals
Books (children’s and teen)
*Blanket (Baby and Small Throw Only)