January 17- 20, 2020
8 AM - 4 PM
WHAT IS MLK FEST? What started out as a 1-day event on MLK Day Monday, January 2015 has grown into a festival of service, spanning the entire weekend of MLK Day. This event was created to revitalize and reactivate neighborhoods in Baton Rouge with the help of volunteers. This year our efforts will be focused on a section of Plank Road from Choctaw Drive to Winbourne Ave.
WHY IS THIS EVENT SPECIAL? Our festival is about collective community impact. By coordinating the service work of over 200 organizations, we are capable of harnessing the power of 5,000 volunteers to help reactive a neighborhood.
Zone 1 B
Blight cleanup (Friday)
Zone 3 B
3160 Plank Rd • Express Building
3010 Plank Rd
2880 Plank Rd • Blessed Sanctuary
Blight cleanup (Sunday)
Zone 2 A
2655 Plank Rd • St. Vincent de Paul
2701 Plank Rd • Brother's Auto
2783 Plank Rd • Renaissance Center
Zone 4 A
Volunteer Check-In Location
Daily 8 AM - 4 PM
Parking Lot across from Renaissance Center
(2783 Plank Rd)
Volunteers must register to participate. Please see FAQ for any additional information.
Block Party Schedule
Monday, January 20, 10:30 AM - 2 PM
10:30 AM: Event Welcome
10:30 - 11:30 AM: TBD
11:30 AM: Metromorphosis Town Hall Event
12:30 PM: Councilwoman Tara Wicker
12:40 PM: TBD
12:50: Councilwoman Erika Green
1 PM: Governor John Bel Edwards
1:10 PM: BBR
1:30 PM: Garret Graves
1:40 PM: TBD
1:50 PM: TBD Close
3211 Plank Rd • Busy Bee’s
3101 Plank Rd • Royal Js
Volunteer Refreshments (Mon)
Blight cleanup (Monday)
• What do I need to wear or bring?
Dress to work! The weather in January is typically chilly, so we always suggest wearing many layers, closed-toe shoes, and work gloves. We will have limited supplies for the event, so if you have gloves or yard tools, such as rakes, shovels, clippers, weedeaters, and lawnmowers, please bring them (labeled)!
• Where do I need to go? When will I know what we're working on?
We will have Volunteer Check-Ins available all day at the parking lot across from Renaissance Center (2783 Plank Road). Parking there will be available on Friday-Sunday. Additional parking will be made available on Monday.
All work is determined on an hour-by-hour basis, so we will only be able to direct you to your service project upon check-in.
• Do I need to sign a waiver?
Yes! All volunteers must sign the waiver in order to help with the work. Solo volunteers are able to sign electronically when signing up, but groups must print and share the waivers with their members. If you're unsure if you've signed, here's a download of the waiver. Waivers can be turned in ahead of time via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or turned in the day of service at check-in.
• I signed up for gardening but I'm being asked to paint, why?
We try our best to keep your interests in mind, but as the work unfolds we find there being some spots that are harder to fill than others, so we may ask you to help with those other tasks.
As this is volunteer service, you are never asked to do anything you are uncomfortable with.
• I signed up for all four days of the event but can only make it to two, what do I need to do?
It's volunteer work, so no worries! Come whenever you can, your help is always valued at any capacity. No need to notify us either, life gets busy, we understand!
• My shifts starts at 8 AM but I can't make it till 10 AM, is that a problem?
Of course not! Our volunteer check-in is open the full day, so you will be able to come whenever you're available until 4 PM when we start to pack up before sundown.
• I signed up with a group, how do we stay together?
As long as we're aware of your group we will keep you together! Sometimes work fills up and your group might be asked to split if members come at different times.
This event is brought to you by the City of Baton Rouge,
Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome, Councilman LaMont Cole, Councilwoman Erika Green, and 200+ partner organizations:
Governor John Bel Edwards, Senator Garrett Graves, Senator Regina Barrow, Office of the District Attorney, Councilwoman Donna Collins Lewis, Councilwoman Chauna Banks, Councilwoman Tara Wicker, Star Hill Church, BRPD, BRFD, EMS, CADAV, Inc., Scotlandville CDC, SBP, KOBRA Paint, The Force Agency, Forum 35, Futures Fund Youth Photography Program, Progressive Social Network Baton Rouge, MAX 94.1, Guaranty Media, Mid City Makers Market, Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful, Soul Fresh Organic Company, Waste Management, Tillage Construction, Lanie Bird Designs, Dezins Interactive, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Athletes for Hope, Serve Louisiana/AmeriCorps, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, Capitol Construction, 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, Allstar Community Care, LLC, Powerpump Girls, BRYC, Brunch for the Soul, Elite Power Marketing Firm, EXIT Realty Group, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, Front Yard Bikes, The Salvation Army, Our Lady of the Lake Med Surg Division, Queendom 101, Southern University NAACP, Southern University ROTC, Kiwanis Club of South Baton Rouge, Lee Magnet High NHS, HP Serve, Istrouma High Step Team, Glen Oaks High I Care & Cheerleader, Kappa League of Baton Rouge, Lambda Eta Sigma, Louisiana Area Women in Ministry, McKinley Middle Art Club, SSA Consultants, The Collegiate 100 of Southern University and A&M College, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, IBM, CPEX, DOW Chemical, Thrive Academy, Glasgow Middle School, Xi Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Baton Rouge Magnet High School's African Heritage Club, BASIS Baton Rouge, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, Nikky Scott Inc., TRUCE, Families Helping Families, EBR Council on Aging, Office of Attorney General Jeff Landry, Louisiana Appleseed, Shoppers Value Foods, Daughters Beyond Incarceration, Metro Health, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), The Safety Place, Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, The Christian Outreach Center, Children's International Medical Group, Metro Health, Financial Education Services, Communities of Color Network-SU Ag Center, Pennington BioMedical Research Center, Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School, Red Cross, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Truth About Drugs, Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge, BancorpSouth Bank, Thrive Academy, Novice House of Baton Rouge, 19th JDC District Attorney's Office, I CARE Program, Planned Parenthood, Praxair, Baton Rouge Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, LLC, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., New Schools for Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Ivy Elite, Probation and Parole, Dance tHerAPPY INC, Teach for America, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Society of Women Engineers at Southern University, Nu Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., East Baton Rouge 4H Junior Leaders, Phi Gamma Sigma Youth Sorority, Inc., AMERIHEALTH CARITAS LOUISIANA / CARE CREW, Miss Louisiana EJHC Queens, Beta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated