Taking place each 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.
This year we will observe the Day of Service on Saturday, January 14, 2023 to support local Gainesville celebrations on the federal holiday. This in one event in a larger campus-wide celebration honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his commitment to social justice through educational programs and service initiatives that are designed to empower you to use your strengths, passions, and talents to better the lives of others and impact your community. For the full list of MLK events, visit the MLK Celebration Homepage.
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.
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