For more than a decade, Long Beach residents have been given the opportunity to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a moment for service through a widespread event organized annually by Leadership Long Beach.

Jan. 16 will mark the 13th year of the nonprofit’s Day of Service, which gathers thousands of volunteers to take part in dozens of community service projects. Projects will be available for volunteers to help out with throughout the city’s nine council districts.

Organizers urge residents to get involved and make the bank holiday a “day on, not a day off.”

Volunteers of all ages will be able to sign up for a variety of projects including the opportunity to help restore Willow Springs Park, send a letter to a senior in a Long Beach care facility and more.

The day will begin at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 1950 Lemon Ave., where participants can eat pancakes, learn about the event and meet other volunteers.

On Thursday, volunteer Tony Bell announced on Facebook that four West Long Beach projects were recently approved and sponsored by Westside ELEVATE. The four new projects in need of volunteer signups include helping to water 100 baby trees, door-to-door sharing of the free Go Long Beach App, pressure-washing the Santa Fe Avenue business corridor sidewalks and painting “happy” designs on trash cans to be placed along the same corridor.

Bell did not immediately respond to the Post for comment, but asked those who want to participate in any of the Westside projects to send him a message on Facebook.

Anyone who wants to learn more or sign up for one of the many Long Beach projects can do so here.

Kat Schuster is the editor at the Long Beach Post and the author of Off the Clock, a weekly newsletter. You can reach her at [email protected].