Martin Luther King Day Volunteer Opportunities

Visit Hands On Portland and Portland Living on the Cheap for full lists of volunteer opportunities and free events.


SOLVE Oregon – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day of Service

Celebrate the 26th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day of Service with SOLVE on January 18. This is the only federally recognized national day of service and is often referred to as a “day on, not a day off.” SOLVE invites you to celebrate Dr. King by joining us at our monthly Downtown Portland Volunteer Litter Cleanup Day, to further cultivate Dr. King’s mission of creating a “beloved city.”

Engage in service work this Martin Luther King Jr. Day by cleaning up Portland. Register for a check-in location, receive cleanup supplies, and feel good knowing you are giving back to the city we all call home! Instruction and disposal will also be provided. This event is held in partnership with Portland Business Alliance, Portland Lodging Alliance, and is made possible with the support of Harsch Investment Properties.

This volunteer opportunity is a chance to make Portland a more clean, safe, and welcoming city. All volunteers must adhere to our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines, including wearing a mask at all times and remaining six feet of distance from anyone outside your household.

Pre-registration is required.


The Skanner Foundation’s 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast (Virtual)

This year we invite you to join us for a 9 a.m. breakfast on January 18, 2021.  We will be premiering a specially created video edition of the 35th Annual Skanner Foundation Breakfast. And we are inviting you to tune in and share breakfast with us.

For more information, or to purchase a table or make a donation, visit the The Skanner website.


Portland State University’s MLK Tribute Series

There are three virtual events, beginning on Friday, January 15th:


Friday, January 15, 2021  |  5:30pm


Saturday, January 23, 2021  |  10:00am – 3:30pm


Tuesday, January 26, 2021  |  5:30pm


World Arts Foundation’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Our 36th annual tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a retrospective program, drawing from our organization’s legacy hosting a community event honoring Dr. King’s work. Our events have connected local performing artists and community leaders to underserved communities of color since 1978. This year’s program film features performing artists, activists, public officials, businesses, choirs, and youth who have participated in this event over the years. Through a combination of archival footage and contemporary in- terviews, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” draws inspiration from Dr. King’s mission to ensure peace, social justice, civil rights, and human dignity for all.


Local Lounge – Selma Viewing and Community Discussion

Everyone is welcome to participate and celebrate as we REMEMBER Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Outdoor cocktail hour and social

6:00pm – Movie: Selma. Immediately followed by a community discussion.

This event has LIMITED seating. So we do ask that people reserve a FREE ticket so we have an accurate count of projected attendance. We are offering goody bags for this event starting at $20.00 that must be purchased beforehand. All seating is first come first serve. Dress warmly as this event is on the new Local Lounge Outdoor Patio. NOTE: This is an LGBTQ+ Inclusive event.

Reserve Tickets

A Whole Month of December Merriment on Alberta Street!

Produced by Friends of Noise.

5th Annual Alberta Virtual Tree Lighting and Music

Dec 5th, 2020
5-7 pm with live music!
Courtyard at 18th and Alberta
Livestream Online at

Gnome for the Holidays

December 10th – 28th
2020 safe social distance style. Pick up a game card from a Gnome Depot location and find the gnomes hidden in windows of Alberta businesses. Completed cards completed cards will be entered to win raffle prizes! Donate to Giving Gnomes for local charitable causes. More info coming soon! The gnomes are busy getting ready…

Bye 2020! A Mini Holiday Art Exhibition
Blind Insect Gallery

Exhibition Dates: December 10, 2020 – January 15, 2021,

Opening Reception Thursday, December 10th, 7- 9 p.m.
Over 100 small original artworks from 36 local and national artists

Holiday window shopping and virtual storefront popup markets

All of December!
Alberta Street merchants are open and selling: online, safely in store and through festive window displays. Come support our street in addition to storefront window popup markets with a focus on local handcrafted goods made by People of Color and benefiting community causes.

A Recap of our Summer

Check out how Alberta Street responded to COVID-19 over the summer months.

From June through September, we celebrated the Summer of Alberta, a season of arts, culture, food & fun to support small businesses, equity & diversity, the arts, and our local community. There were activities for all ages both online & on the ground, with safe social distancing in mind. This included DIY activities, special promotions, and contests for food, drink, shopping and more.

Street Fair in the Air

Saturday, August 8th
A whole day of online and safe, socially distanced music, art, food, culture, special promotions and partnerships with restaurants and shops. This replaces our annual 25,000+ attendee traditional street fair. Stay tuned!

Virtual Last Thursday

Last Thursday of Every Month
Art Classes, Music and Performances. Monthly Gallery Openings and Artist Interviews. DIY Art Walks and Activities – – Online and on the ground.


Find 30 Dinosaurs Up and Down Alberta at various businesses @mikebennetart.


Alberta Street has always valued equity and diversity, and this year we will re-focus our efforts, fundraising for Alberta Main Street and supporting small businesses, artists, performers, and musicians of color.

We are working to create more space this summer to support and celebrate our Black community by featuring Black art performances and music along with pop-up and other opportunities to sell food, drinks, crafts and other goods made by those in the BIPOC community. We are also showcasing the Alberta Street Black Heritage Markers and new storefront window displays for organizations that support the BIPOC community located at 1722 NE Alberta St.


Alberta Main Street is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving, promoting, and growing our unique and artistic community. We help visitors, businesses, and residents alike find and facilitate special events and draw upon helpful resources. We cater to everyone — whether young or young at heart.


We always needs help executing our mission. Help keep Alberta Main Street local, creative, equitable, and unique!