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 mlkday.gov site.
We also have Toolkits for creating projects.
Projects sponsored by UServeUtah
Weber State University
Various activities throughout the entire week of January 19-23, 2015 in Ogden will include:
- Monday, Jan. 19 – WSU will host a community breakfast at the Ogden Marshall White Center in conjunction with the NAACP, starting with a viewing of the “I Have a Dream” speech, a Freedom March to MLK Blvd in Ogden, and culminating with a speech by the NAACP President.
- Tuesday, Jan. 20 – A food insecurity awareness event with the screening of “A Place at the Table”, a recently-filmed documentary about the USA being one nation, underfed. Admission to the event will be the suggestion of a food donation for the Ogden Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank.
- Wednesday, Jan. 21 – Homework help and open gym night with the youth of the Ogden Your Community Connection Domestic Violence Shelter
- Thursday, Jan. 22 – Training sessions for special needs workers at the Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center
- Friday, Jan. 23 – Weber Cares pantry redesign and organization
Contact the WSU Center for Community Engaged Learning at 801-626-7737 for more information on projects occurring each day.
Lowell Bennion Community Service Center
The day’s service begins with breakfast from 8:00-8:30 in the Union food court. A welcome and explanation of projects will follow at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will depart for their projects at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the project locations. Work assignments will include:
- Deep cleaning and possibly painting at Maliheh Clinic, Fourth Street clinic and First Step House, Homeless Youth Resource Center
- Friends of Sight volunteers will be trained to become future sight testers in local schools
- Outside clean-up, inside painting and shelf installation at YMCA Redwood
- Sort and fold donated clothing, install shelving and clean at VOA Adult Detox Center
- Other assignments at Red Butte Gardens, Neighborhood House, and YWCA
The event will conclude between noon-1PM. Carpooling is encouraged. Please contact the Bennion Center at 801-581-4811 for questions or additional information. Register for this event online.
Mountainland Head Start in partnership with Brigham Young University
Volunteers will have the opportunity to create and craft projects to be used in the classrooms and at home for disadvantage children. Contact Cindy Jenkins at 801-995-6266 for more information