MLK Day of Service in San Diego

Join Us to Help LGBT Homeless Youth in San Diego

Partners: Human Rights Campaign & San Diego Youth Services

Let's come together as a community to serve LGBT homeless youth on MLK Day of Service. Taking place in January, MLK Day of Service is a "day on, not a day off." It is a way to transform Dr. King's life and teachings into community action to help bring together people, strengthen communities, and meet national challenges.

One such challenge is homelessness among LGBT youth, who make up to 40% of homeless and at-risk youth. HRC and San Diego Youth Services invite you to partner with us on a service project benefiting LGBT homeless youth in our San Diego community. As an HRC supporter, you have seen first-hand how we can make an impact when we join together and take action.

How can YOU make a difference?
Donate Items & Volunteer Your Time


On Saturday, January 18, please volunteer with us to assemble donated items into care bags for the LGBT homeless youth served by San Diego Youth Services. We will be collecting donations from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. and assembling care bags from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 18
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The Lafayette Hotel
2223 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92104

Donate Items or Organize a Donation Drive

From January 12  16, please help us collect the following items, which are urgently needed by LGBT homeless youth:

  • New and unused thick socks and underwear, athletic clothing, and shoes

  • Unopened travel-sized toiletries including toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, chapstick, lotion, and wet wipes

  • Disaster kits

  • Drinks and nonperishable snacks

  • Diapers, baby clothing, strollers, car seats, and booster seats

  • Arts and crafts supplies

  • Blankets, pillows, sheets for twin/full beds, towels, pots, pans, and cooking utensils

  • Hats and gloves

  • Bus passes, phone cards, electronics, gift cards, and batteries

Please consider organizing a donation drive at your work, school, or place of worship. If you are interested, please contact Geri Rochino, member of the HRC San Diego Board of Governors, at 

-Please personally donate these items. Please label them "MLK DOS" and drop them off at the following location from January 12 – 16.

San Diego Youth Services
Administrative Office
3255 Wing Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Please purchase these items through this Amazon Wish List and ship them to the Gift Registry Address in the Wish List.

For more information about HRC’s local participation in MLK Day of Service, please contact Geri Rochino, member of the HRC San Diego Board of Governors, at

For more information about MLK Day of Service, please visit