Apple Maps brings VolunteerMatch integration in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Apple customers can now access relevant information about volunteering in their communities right alongside existing curated content that’s available on Apple Maps.

Available in select US cities

This was first spotted by CNET last week.

Normally, when the map shows a city such as San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta or New York City, users can swipe up from the search bar to find items curated by local newspapers and activity-guide companies, ranging from bike trails to lists of lesser-known restaurants and sights. Now it has guides listed by VolunteerMatch too.

These guides in Maps are already available for Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC.

The feature enables Maps users to find nonprofits and locations to volunteer in their communities with the Maps app on their iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

It’s especially relevant as today marks the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is a federal holiday in the US to celebrate civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

The listings indicate that people can also choose to be remote volunteers due to the work-from-home restrictions. “Virtual opportunities are available as well to provide support from home,” reads one such listing. To get further details, check the link for each listing.

How to use curated guides in Apple Maps

Last week, Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook announced Apple investments in historical black colleges and universities, as well as app development centers. The company is also investing in racial justice organizations and donating to The King Center in Atlanta.

The Apple CEO is known for keeping photos of King in his office.

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