MLK Day of Service in the Twin Cities

Join Us to Help LGBT Homeless Youth in the Twin Cities

Partners: Human Rights Campaign, Avenues for Homeless Youth, and The Bridge for Youth

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, Avenues for Homeless Youth, and The Bridge for Youth invite you to partner with us on a service project benefiting LGBT homeless youth in our Twin Cities 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?
By donating items and volunteering your time.

Donate Items or Organize a Donation Drive

By January 18, please help us collect the following items, which are urgently needed by LGBT homeless youth:

  • Backpacks

  • Toiletries such as chapstick, face/body lotion, face/body wash, shampoo/conditioner (gentle), feminine hygiene products, deodorant/antiperspirants, African American haircare products. New and regular-size (not travel-size).

  • Bed products such as pillows, twin sheets, and extra-long twin sheets

  • Girls/boys underwear, socks, slippers, pajama bottoms, sweatpants, winter jackets, mittens/gloves, hats, zip-up hoodies, casual and dress shirts. Adult size XS-3XL; appropriate for youth ages 14-20. Underwear must be new. Outerwear must be new or gently-used and freshly laundered.

Please consider organizing a donation drive at your work, school, or place of worship. If you are interested, please contact Jason Bryan, Diversity Co-Chair of the HRC Twin Cities Steering Committee, at

Please personally donate these items. Please label them "MLK DOS" and drop them off at the following location until January 18:

Wilde Roast Café
65 Main St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 5541
Open Daily 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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


On Monday, January 19, please volunteer with us for a service project that will increase the capacity of Avenues for Homeless Youth and The Bridge for Youth in serving homeless youth. Activities include cleaning, organizing, and preparing a meal for the youth. All volunteers must be at least 21-years-old.

The Bridge for Youth
1111 West 22nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Serving Meal, Watching Movie, Organizing Donated Iteams: 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Avenues for Homeless Youth
1708 Oak Park Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Cleaning: 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Serving Meal: 3:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Organizing Donated Items: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Jason Bryan, Political & Community Outreach Co-Chair of the HRC Twin Cities Steering Committee, at  

For more information about MLK Day of Service, please visit