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MLK Day of Service

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”  It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”

Why Serve on MLK Day of Service?

Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live—creating the Beloved Community.

The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit.

Volunteers across Utah are engaging in service on or around Martin Luther King Junior Day. Many of these service opportunities are looking for more volunteers. Check out the list of service opportunities or if you have a project consider registering it by visiting the site.

We also have Toolkits for creating projects.


Projects sponsored by UServeUtah

Bennion Center – U of U
January 18th
Maliheh Free Clinic, where volunteers will do building repairs, cleaning, and painting; First Step House, where volunteers will work with residents on deep cleaning projects; The Big Brothers/Big Sisters donation sorting center, where volunteers will sort clothing and other donations prior to sale at Savers.

Boys & Girls Club of Weber-Davis
January 17th
Beautification and Upgrades at Odyssey in Ogden:  1) Installation of new backboards, hoops and nets on the basketball courts; 2) build a box garden for teacher and student use as a learning tool in growing vegetables and herbs in the spring; 3) make hygiene kits and write letters to local armed forces;  4) Conduct a major clean-up for Odyssey Park and Public Park areas.

January 20th
Our goal is to have over 1,000 volunteers come to BYU the morning of MLK day. There will be 20-25 different service projects from which volunteers will be able to choose from and volunteer 2 hours of service.

Cache Valley
January 13th – 20th
Community Mini-Lending Library Project~
TEAM Mentoring and several of our partner organizations will be building mini-lending libraries to be set-up in various locations around the valley. The project will also include a book drive to stock the mini-lending libraries.
Volunteer Center Social Media ‘Service Forward’ Marathon Project~
Utilizing social media to promote the ‘Pay It Forward’ model in a service project marathon from January 13th-20th, this project has a goal of including more than 1,000 Cache Valley citizens in service and getting them linked to the volunteer center social media sites.

Iron County
January 13th – 20th
Our MLK Day of Service project will include a food and clothing drive and making quilts for the Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center. The Iron County Quilters Guild will be a partner for the event, teaching anyone interested in learning how to quilt. Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center provides a quilt to each family as they enter the shelter that they can take with them when they leave.

Kol Ami
January 19th
We will gather as families and individuals at Congregation Kol Ami, the state’s largest synagogue, to remember the legacy of Dr. King and to do a variety of projects to benefit the community: blood drive, making seed bags for growing food, writing letters to legislators, making blankets for children in hospitals, and making cards for homebound elderly.

Washington County
January 13th – 20th
Washington County School District and elementary students and teachers will be writing letters to military members and veterans in the Washington County area.
* We will package meals and school supplies for low-income students in the Washington County School District service area.  We will be doing a food drive and clothing drive for the five county service area (Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Washington) we serve.
* We will be working with other local area businesses and nonprofits to provide a hot breakfast for homeless and low-income residents, including veterans and children.
* We will be having our youth service corps helping our local Habitat for Humanity with several homes that they will be constructing during that week.

Weber State University
On Monday, January 20th, NAACP will be hosting a breakfast and Freedom March.
On Tuesday, January 21st, the American Democracy project will be hosting an WSU Remembers MLK Week of Service kickoff event wherein students will listen to the I Have A Dream speech and hear from one of WSU’s alumni Amir Jackson.
On Wednesday, January 22nd, volunteers will assist in the YMCA appreciation for reading program.
On Thursday, January 23rd, volunteers will tie fleece blankets for the St. Martha’s Baby Project room and the Linus Project.
On Friday, January 24th, volunteers will be visiting classes of cooperating teachers at Odyssey Elementary to deliver MLK bookmarks and teach the students about Martin Luther King Jr, his values and about social justice.
Throughout the WSU Remembers MLK Week of Service, volunteers will be conducting a week-long food drive to help re-stock the Ogden Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank after the holiday blitz on food.