In the interest of prioritizing community health during the COVID-19 pandemic and based on the measures announced by Governor Brown to stop the rapid spread of the virus, for the safety of our community members, volunteers and staff, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette has decided to postpone MLK weekend of service that was scheduled to take place January 15-18, 2021. The event organized by our volunteer program, Hands On Greater Portland, has mobilized over 1,500 volunteers annually over the past thirteen years to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

We have not set a new date at this time but we will be putting together a list of virtual activities and other resources as a way to still be able to commemorate Dr. King’s commitment to service and racial justice. As Dr. King said – “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” 

We continue to encourage community members to find ways to take action -  whether it’s supporting local, Black-led organizations or signing up for a socially distanced volunteer opportunity through our general up-to-date volunteer calendar or through our alternate MLK weekend calendar of activities.

We are grateful for the dedication of all our volunteers, nonprofit partners and our corporate sponsors who have supported this event over the past years and look forward to rescheduling the event when it is safe to do so.


Each year, we come together, inspired by the mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to strengthen our community one volunteer project at a time. Our mission at United Way is to invest in our region's kids by giving them and their families the resources they need to thrive. From access to books to food on the table, when important resources are provided, children can succeed and in turn, build a better future for themselves and their community.