The Martin Luther King, Jr. 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." 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. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions.
MLK Day of Service with UConn Community Outreach
Monday, January 16, 2017
Tentative Itinerary for the Day's Events
7:30am Registration begins (for off-campus service)
8:00am Orientation to the day (for off-campus service)
8:25am Groups split for on-campus service and transportation for off-campus service.
Serve *Off-campus groups will depart from service around 1:00pm to come back to campus for lunch.
12:45pm Afternoon service blanket making volunteers register and go to room to serve!
1:30pm Welcome Back: Group reflections and closing remarks!
3:00pm Reflection-World Cafe
Participants are recommended to conclude the MLK Day of Service by attending the presentation by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill in Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts sponsored by the African American Cultural Center at 4:00pm.
Dr. Hill is an award-winning journalist, distinguished professor, social justice activist and organizer, as well as the author of four books including Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond.
On Campus Service
Piecing Together Solutions
Collectively crocheting a blanket for donation
9:00am - 12:00pm | Student Union
Learn about issues of poverty and homelessness while creating a blanket which will be donated to an area homeless shelter. At the beginning of the session participants will learn about homelessness and how local groups are developing a plan to eliminate this social issue. Each participant will crochet a square at the end of the session, which will then be pieced together with all of the other squares to make a complete blanket. Prior knitting or crochet experience is preferable but not necessary. All materials will be provided.
Creating Literacy Kits
9:00am - 12:00pm | Student Union 304
(registration to begin at 9:00)
Community Outreach has teamed up with United Way to offer a MLK Day of Service here on campus. We hope you will join us in helping to engage children in learning by creating United Way Literacy Kits. United Way Literacy Kits deepen children’s reading experience and help them build their libraries at home. Volunteers will be creating arts and crafts to design props, games, or other activities to make reading more interactive and enjoyable for everyone. While creating these kits you will be educated on the importance of the task, and make a meaningful difference in the community.
1:00pm - 4:00pm | Student Union 304
(registration begins at 12:45)
Learn about issues of poverty and homelessness while creating a blanket which will be donated to an area homeless shelter. At the beginning of the session participants will learn about homelessness and how local groups are developing a plan to eliminate this social issue. Each participant will help to create no sew fleece blankets. No prior experience necessary and all materials will be provided.
Off Campus Service
Serve in the local community!
9:00am - 1:30pm*
Join us in celebrating Dr. King’s legacy by volunteering in the community at an off campus agency. All volunteers will meet for an orientation event in the morning prior to departure from campus. Service may include sorting donations for those in need, indoor and outdoor service, and assisting agencies in areas of need.
Transportation & lunch will be provided to all volunteers.
Student groups interested in volunteering together should contact Trisha-Ann Hawthorne at firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
*Includes transportation time