MLK Day of Service Book Drive

January 4 – February 28

Each year on the third Monday in January, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy by serving our  neighbors and giving back to the community. This year, United Way of Greater Houston and Houston ISD are partnering for a community book drive for elementary students in classrooms across the city. Our focus is to collect books featuring diverse characters, and written and illustrated by people of color.  Additionally, we are inviting volunteers to share why service is important to them by submitting an online note. 

Diversity in the literature we provide to our students emphasizes the importance of a broad range of experiences. Each one of our students should see themselves reflected in the books they read. But it’s also important that they encounter new perspectives that open windows to new worlds.” - Dr. Grenita Lathan, Superintendent of Houston ISD

The books and inspirational notes will be given to Houston ISD students in February 2021.  Students will be able to take the books home and build their personal home library. 

For more information about the MLK Day of Service, please visit:

Get Involved!

Donate Books!

  • Donate new children’s books through our online wishlist!  Be sure to include your name and email address on a gift note so we can thank you for your donations.
  • Host a drive within your company or community organization.  Visit our “Host a Drive” tab above to access promotional fliers, email templates, and sample social media posts to use
  • Donate money using our online donation page.  At the conclusion of the drive, we will use all the donations to buy more books at a bulk discounted rate.

Share why service is important with a student!

  • Write a note to a Houston ISD elementary student about why service matters to you and how we can all honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy through service. 

Follow @UnitedWayHouston and @HoustonISD on social media to follow the results of the drive!

If you have questions, please contact Emily Faron,