MLK Day of Service

Taking place each third Monday in January, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service — a “day on, not a day off.” The day celebrates the life and legacy of the Civil Rights leader and exists to move the nation closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community” by encouraging all Americans to take the time to volunteer and invest in their community.

2021 Day of Service

Join fellow UF student volunteers and our partnering community members for a day of reflection and service in the local Gainesville community. Learn about service opportunities in Gainesville, meet new people, build awareness of diverse social issues and communities, and experience the community first-hand.

Service Sites

  • Keep Alachua County Beautiful
  • Days for Girls International
  • Grace Marketplace
  • Operation Catnip
  • Alachua County Public Schools Beautification

Day of Logistics*

  • 9 am check-in at reserved service site
  • Brief meeting to review expectations and available tasks for the day
  • Complete service tasks
  • Reflection of the day
  • 1 pm service experience concludes

*PPE will be provided if needed. Please also remember to bring a snack and dress appropriately for the location, some locations may be outdoors.

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