17th Annual Oakland MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 21, 2019

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 Groups and individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to join community projects in a day of volunteer community and outdoor service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Monday, January 15, 2018.  Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." 

Service for Peace has partnered with Oakland Public Works to lead this annually in Oakland since 2003, engaging thousands of volunteers in projects to clean and green Oakland.  The Corporation for National and Community Service helps sponsor the event in Oakland, and throughout the nation, where hundreds of thousands of volunteers pitch in on similar community service projects.   

 “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Register to Lead a Service Project

All registered projects will receive logistical support and promotion from the City of Oakland.
Site coordinators leading outdoor cleaning, greening, and/or beautification projects on City of Oakland land will also have access to tool loans and debris pickup.


Site coordinators leading indoor community projects such as community relief, health, and education settings will coordinate directly with the partner organization but should register here to be included with City of Oakland promotion of the MLK Jr. Day of Service.


Please click here to register (This form does not work well with Explorer.) 

If you need registration assistance, please contact adoptaspot@oaklandca.gov, or call (510) 238-7630. 

Please register by Thursday, January 3, 2019 to ensure adequate planning and promotion time, as well as availability of requested tools and City services.



Sign up for Volunteer Information

Pre-registration for individuals and small groups is not required.
If you have a group of ten or more, please contact the coordinator of the site you are interested in to verify they can accommodate your group (found on the list of registered sites - check back for updates). Click here to receive general volunteer notifications and/or to provide information to help us match your group with volunteer projects. Once MLK Day sites are determined, we will send additional information.

2019 Project Locations

Check back for updated site listings up until the event day

Click on the map icons below to find out more information about each site (do not use Explorer).

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Click here for a table of information about each site





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Coordinator Documents


Report Your Results

by Tuesday January 22, 2019
(for Site Coordinators Only)

Please use the Track It Forward mobile phone application or online tool to report volunteer hours and other workday results. Your reports on activities and accomplishments help us tell the volunteer story and improve event coordination.

Registered Site Coordinators received an email with their user names and passwords.

To login online, visit the Track It Forward website and search for your site. You must complete this step before attempting to access Track It Forward on your mobile phone (optional).

From your mobile phone, download the free Track It Forward app from these links for Google Play (Android) or iTunes Store (iPhone). Login and find your site.

Contact adoptaspot@oaklandnet.com if you did not receive login information, if you need to register a new volunteer site, or if you have any questions.

If you are unable to report online, you may call in your results to (510) 238-7630. Let us know your name, your site name, the number of volunteers, the number of hours worked, and the amount of trash and green waste collected.



Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Oakland hosts volunteer opportunities throughout the year to care for our creeks and watersheds. Visit www.oaklandadoptaspot.org, email adoptaspot@oaklandnet.com, or call (510) 238-7630 for more information on how you can help!

Click here to be added to our volunteer email list.

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Accessibility Information

The City of Oakland Public Works offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. We encourage individuals with all abilities to volunteer. Some volunteer opportunities may be located in areas without a designated path of travel and may require significant physical exertion.

To obtain accessibility information or to request a sign language interpreter or any other disability-related accommodation, please contact the Creek to Bay Day Coordinator at adoptaspot@oaklandca.gov or (510) 238-7630, or TTY (510) 238-3254 at least three business days in advance.

Please refrain from wearing scented products to this event.