MLK Month of Service

United Way Invites You and Your Organization to Participate in Virtual MLK Month of Action 2022


January 7, 2021 – Pierce County, Wash. – Martin Luther King Jr. Day not only gives us the opportunity to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, but it also helps us reflect on how we can make a difference in our communities – and actually get out there and do it.

Every year, volunteers with United Way of Pierce County assemble over 1,500 hygiene kits for those in need. The kits, filled with essential hygiene items, are distributed during the Pierce County Homeless Point in Time Count. This year in addition to the hygiene kits, a menu of virtual opportunities will be offered.

Volunteers of different backgrounds and walks of life give their time and energy to assemble the kits, complete with personalized messages of hope.

“The goal of this event is to address pressing needs in our community, one of which is to help homeless individuals meet their everyday hygiene needs,” said Allison Loft, Education & Engagement Manager at UWPC. “But we’ve realized that it is equally as important to lift the spirits of kit recipients and send encouragement when they need it most.”

The ultimate mission of this important day? To improve the lives of those struggling in Pierce County. Those right here in our community. Our neighbors.

Here are the ways for you and/or your organization to participate in MLK Month of Service:

Hygiene Kit Project

  • Organize a Drive for Kit Items
    Engage coworkers, neighbors, friends and family in donation drives for needed items (please be sure they are new, unused items) then assemble kits OR drop any donated items at United Way.
  • Sponsor a Project
    Set a goal to provide a certain number of kits, purchase kit items, assemble them at your location, and then contact United Way for distribution.
  • Assemble Kits
    Arrange to pick up donated items, assemble them into kits with your company, group or organization then contact United Way for distribution.
  • And then, volunteer for the Point in Time Count on January 27, 2022, and help distribute the kits.

Warm Clothing Drive

  • Organize a Drive for Items
    Gather coworkers, neighbors, friends and family in donation drives for needed items like socks, gloves, hats and scarves (please be sure they are new, unused items) to benefit United Way’s Gifts In Kind program.

Register for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

Join the 21-Day Equity Challenge beginning in February 2022

Thank you to our sponsors: DaVita, Harborstone Credit Union, Regence, Wells Fargo and WSECU

Find out more here:

For additional information, contact Allison Loft, Engagement Manager at


WHO: United Way of Pierce County & Pierce County Community
WHAT: MLK Month of Action

WHEN: Runs through January 31, 2022 


CONTACT: Allison Loft, Engagement Manager


About United Way of Pierce County
United Way of Pierce County has served our community since 1921. Our history is rooted in partnerships—bringing people from different walks of life together to improve conditions for children, families and individuals. While that will never change, our role as a community fundraiser has shifted as the United Way movement has sharpened our focus to solve key community issues that are preventing people from meeting their full potential. Today we are leading change by breaking the cycle of poverty in Pierce County. UNITED, WE WILL LIFT 15,000 FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY BY 2028. Learn more at