MLK Day of Service in the Twin Cities

Monday, January 18, 2016 at
Minneapolis, MN

Join Us to Help LGBTQ Homeless Youth in the Twin Cities

Partners: Human Rights Campaign, Avenues for Homeless Youth, The Bridge for Youth, Hope 4 Youth & Arise Project

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 LGBTQ youth, who make up to 40% of homeless and at-risk youth. HRC, Avenues for Homeless Youth, The Bridge for Youth, Hope 4 Youth, and Arise Project invite you to partner with us on a service project benefiting homeless and at-risk youth in your community, including LGBTQ youth.

How can YOU make a difference?
By donating items and volunteering your time.

Donate Items or Organize a Donation Drive

By January 15, please help us collect the following items for the youth served by our partner organizations:

  • - Backpacks
  • - Unopened and travel-sized toiletries such as lip balm, face/body lotion, face/body wash, shampoo/conditioner (gentle), feminine hygiene products, deodorant/antiperspirants, African American haircare products
  • - Bed products such as pillows, blankets, twin sheets and extra-long twin sheets
  • - Clothing such as new girls/boys underwear, and socks and new or gently used 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

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

Please consider organizing a donation drive at your work, school, or place of worship. If you are interested, please contact Joshua Crosson, Community Engagement 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:

2800 University Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Monday – Friday | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


On Monday, January 18, please volunteer with HRC Twin Cities for a service project that will benefit our partner organizations and the youth they serve. Volunteer opportunities include sorting donated items, cleaning, cooking and serving meals.

The Bridge for Youth
1111 West 22nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Cleaning: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 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 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wilde Roast Cafe
65 SE Main St.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Organizing donated items: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hope 4 Youth
2665 4th Ave. N
Suite 40
Anoka, MN 55303
Cooking off-site and serving meals at Hope 4 Youth: 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information about MLK Day of Service, please visit


Avenues for Homeless Youth; The Bridge for Youth Hope 4 Youth; Minnesota; The Twin Cities Wild Roast Cafe