Listen, Atlanta – just because we’ve got the day off does not mean we should waste it wallowing in the glory of Chinese takeout on the sofa, cuddled up to our Netflix queues. (Tempting as it may be.) In honor of Dr. King’s enormous contribution to making dreams into realities, the MLK Day of Service provides us with innumerable opportunities to put that extra time off to good use. As the good Doctor once said, “Everybody can be great… because everyone can serve.” Even the most dedicated of couch potatoes. Whether your propensity for greatness lies in cleaning up community gardens, painting over murals, or delivering meals, there’s a bevy of ways to give back. Hop to it, ATL:

Pro-tip: Don’t see anything that strikes your fancy? Hands On Atlanta’s Volunteer Opportunity Calendar may just have something we missed. (Along with a bevy of chances to keep your King on all year ‘round.)

For aspiring green thumbs:
Here's your chance to play in the dirt. Trees Atlanta is celebrating the day of service by gathering volunteers to plant all kinds of flora in four Atlantan neighborhoods. And of course, we’re always big fans of lending a hand to our pals at Truly Living Well, who work to close the gap between food and the land it comes from by connecting folks through education, training and demonstrating successful, natural urban agriculture. The name of this game is edible landscaping, empowering people to grow their own food and encouraging healthy eating and a unified community. Last but not least, get muddy and help clean up the Dunwoody Nature Center, who’s working to get the 22-acre nature preserve back in ship-shape so it can be better utilized as a space for education.

For those who believe that food = love:
Sharing a good meal with friends and loved ones is always an experience worth treasuring. But even more special? Sharing a good, freshly cooked meal with someone who truly needs it. Project Open Hand has delivered 20 million fresh, nutritious meals to those who need it since their 1988 inception—and on this day of service, they're inviting Atlantans (at least those of us with driver's licenses) to chip in.

For those who like to do a little beerin' with their volunteerin':
Founded in 2012, Community Bucket works to make Atlanta a better place, one beer-fueled project at a time. And we're of the opinion that their "Service Made Social" model — meet up, do good and move on to down some post-volunteering brews and noms — can't really be beat. Join up with the crew this Monday, put in an honest day's work of good-doing, make some new friends, then toast to it all that evening.