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.

2022 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

Days for Girl’s mission is to increase access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating Social Entrepreneurs, mobilizing volunteers and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigma and limitations for women and girls. Participants will assist in the production of Days for Girls International Hygiene Kits and their components. Cutting, marking, tracing, snap-installation, folding, as well as machine sewing are some of the activities. No experience necessary
GRACE Marketplace is a homeless shelter in Gainesville, Florida that provides a one-stop approach to social services including emergency shelter. Volunteers will assist with cooking and serving meals in our Cafe 131 for GRACE guests. As well as other tasks on the GRACE Marketplace campus.
Grow Hub is a beautiful and safe place where adults of all abilities can find meaningful work. Grow Hub’s collaborative community programs and partnerships provide cultivating and empowering education, training and job opportunities for disabled adults to improve sustainable living. Volunteer’s will create food and herbs garden for workers with disabilities to have access to free fresh produce as well as beautification projects on site.
Keep Alachua County Beautiful is committed to addressing the problem of litter as a health and safety concern. Our service project will beautify the community by mobilizing volunteers to help keep our paradise litter-free. Maintaining the beauty of Alachua County is only possible with the assistance of hardworking volunteers and KACB is committed to assisting the public by performing community service in a safe manner. Volunteers will help to remove litter from public lands and right of ways.
Operation Catnip works to improve the lives of cats and the communities in which they live by spaying, neutering, and vaccinating free-roaming cats, preventing the births of kittens, mentoring other programs around the country, and training veterinarians to save America’s community cats. Volunteers will assist staff by Cleaning our catio. Our catio is where we house our “working cats,” poorly socialized cats who are awaiting adoption into non-traditional homes, such as warehouses or barns. This catio is screened-in and requires deep cleaning periodically.
The Einstein School was started as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charter school in Gainesville, FL established to serve students with learning difficulties in reading, writing, speech and/or language. Our research-based teaching methods help children develop the skills needed for better academic performance, higher self-esteem, and a greater occupational future! Volunteers will assist staff by Cleaning classrooms and the playground as well as organize school classroom and resources for teachers.
The UF Native Plant Nursery is affiliated with the Natural Areas Teaching Laboratory at the University of Florida. The Nursery works to produce native plants for research, teaching and restoration projects for the university. Volunteers will assist the nursery by helping pot native plants into larger pots, and seeding new trays of native plants.
The Natural Area Teaching Lab (NATL) is a 60-acre conservation area located on southwestern corner of the University of Florida Gainesville campus. The mission of NATL is to help teach students and the public about ecology, biodiversity, and conservation. Volunteers will assist the NATL Operations Team in a variety of tasks to help maintain the area. Examples of such tasks include: helping remove invasive plants, pulling/trimming vines that are growing over fences and trails, helping remove trash from the area, and helping us prepare sites for future restoration projects (e.g., planting of native plants).”
Hunger Project is a fun, high-energy and hands-on meal packaging events that empower volunteers to make a tangible difference in the fight against hunger. With music booming, volunteers will work together to package delicious meals for the millions of Americans living below the poverty line, including children, seniors and veterans across the country.

Day of Logistics*

8:00 am – 8:50 am                Check-in, breakfast at Rion Ballroom

8:50 am – 9:00 am                Welcome

9:00 am – 9:10 am                Keynote: Patricia Jordan, Director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs

9:10 am – 9:30 am                Service Group Introductions

9:30 am                                   Travel to Service (responsible for own travel)

10:00 am                                 Service at Site

1:00 pm                                    Service Concludes (ending times may vary by site, please check details of the specific service opportunity)


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

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