Oakland Volunteers Make it a “Day On” for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service In Person on Monday, January 16, Rain or Shine

City support for in-person volunteering was suspended at the height of the pandemic; City & community volunteer leaders are excited to resume safe, outdoor event support

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Oakland, CA – On Monday, January 16, Oakland Public Works (OPW) will be back outside with volunteer community clean-ups to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2023. Volunteers will pick up litter, remove graffiti, weed and plant, and participate in service & learning events. Information about where you can volunteer is online at www.OaklandMLK.org.

***Given ongoing winter weather conditions, individual site coordinators are making decisions about their individual events. Some events are continuing as-planned, come rain or shine; others are being rescheduled or brought indoors; some are being cancelled. The City of Oakland is updating the website as staff receive updates from volunteer coordinators. For the latest information about events in your neighborhood, please search for individual events listed on the map at the website and contact your local site coordinator.***

This year OPW will sponsor seven event sites. Volunteers are encouraged to join us at one of these locations – there is one in each City Council district:


Site Name




Red Cross Blood Center

6230 Claremont Ave

City of Oakland Councilmember


Sailboat House Marsh & Rotary Nature Center Grounds

568 Bellevue Ave & 600 Bellevue Ave

Rotary Nature Center Friends


Joaquin Miller Park - Ranger Station

3594 Sanborn Dr

California Writers Club


Union Point Park

2311 Embarcadero

City of Oakland


Oakland City Stables

13560 Skyline Blvd

Diamond Equine Services


Sobrante Park Neighborhood

10495 Edes Ave

Higher Ground Neighborhood Development Corp

A City-sponsored event held by Hope Avenue in District 2 has been postponed by the organizers to January 28. Details on that event and all related events are available at www.OaklandMLK.org.

The sites listed above are open to additional volunteers. Groups of 10 or more should RSVP with the project site coordinator. Individuals and small groups are encouraged, but not required, to RSVP.

Recent storms and related flooding and other impacts are a good reminder that every volunteer can make a difference in their neighborhood. All Oaklanders are encouraged to consider signing up to Adopt a Drain in their neighborhood, or to Adopt a Spot for cleanups and other community stewardship support.

Adopt a Spot: https://www.oaklandca.gov/services/apply-for-adopt-a-spot-online

Adopt a Drain: https://www.oaklandca.gov/services/adopt-a-drain

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Posted: January 12th, 2023 2:48 PM

Last Updated: January 12th, 2023 2:51 PM

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