Students encouraged to volunteer on MLK Day

High school students living in and around Lynnwood are encouraged to volunteer at the Lynnwood Senior Center on Martin Luther King Day (Jan, 21) as a way of honoring Dr. King’s life and mission. Volunteers will be building raised gardening beds, allowing the Center to invite seniors to do gardening projects in the spring.

Teens can register at

Approximately 200 high school students from throughout the county are expected to participate in the national MLK Day of Service. In its fourth year in Snohomish County, MLK Day is an intergenerational celebration where high school students volunteer to help seniors and people with disabilities, transforming Dr. King’s life mission and teachings into community service.

During this Day of Service, volunteers will help make a real difference through hands-on work, including assisting with household tasks and doing projects at local senior centers. Teams of volunteers will be led by Senior Corps or other adult volunteers.

In addition to helping at the Lynnwood Senior Center, teen volunteers can choose from projects throughout Snohomish County. Other locations include Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Everett, Marysville, Arlington, Stanwood and Sultan.

Organizations like school clubs, scout troops, and friends who want to volunteer together are highly encouraged to register as a group. Teens can also register individually.

The MLK Day of Service in Snohomish County is a partnership of United Way of Snohomish County, the YMCA of Snohomish County, Catholic Community Services and Senior Corps.

Volunteers must sign up in advance to participate. If you’re a teen aged 14-19, register online at or contact United Way’s Youth United program at 425-374-5526 or email: Volunteer slots at specific projects are on a space-available basis.


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