Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a National Day of Service to honor Dr. King's commitment and contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and social justice. Join the Center for Civic Engagement and people across the nation on as we serve our local community in Dr. King's memory.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'"
Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to serve their neighbors and communities.
The MLK Jr. Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
We are excited to partner with the YWCA of McLean County for this year's MLK Jr. Day of Service Project! The project will take place January 21 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Our volunteers were originally going to paint rooms at the YWCA. However, the YWCA has been forced to restrict building access to volunteers at this time due to the increase in local COVID-19 cases. Instead of painting, our volunteers will now be assembling "I have a dream" craft kits at CCE. The kits will later be distributed to the YWCA Young Wonders program and/or other afterschool programs.
Please note: the project is now full and registration is closed.
We're partnering with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to offer seats at the Division's On Common Ground event taking place directly after our service project. This is an in-person event that takes place before and after the University's Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote. The event brings together students, faculty, and staff to have dialogues on diversity and social justice issues. On Common Ground participants also have the opportunity to spend additional time with the evening's keynote speaker. Dinner will be included.
This year's keynote speaker is Jemele Hill, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, co-founder of Lodge Freeway Media, and contributing writer for The Atlantic,
This opportunity is only available to our service project registrants. When you register for the project, you will be asked if you would like to also attend the On Common Ground event.