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MLK Day of Service 2018 — Dream, Believe, Do

MLK Day of Service is an opportunity for students to learn about the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the impact he had throughout the country and around the world. Join us on Monday, January 15, 2018 (1 to 4pm) to share in his legacy and to translate dreams into action on campus and around the community!


All activities are full. Walk-ins are welcome to attend the opening program.  We will also hand out un-claimed activity tickets!

Birthday Kits for Homeless Children (FULL)

Winter Survival Kits  (FULL)

Animal Toys  (FULL)

Epilepsy Awareness (FULL)

Wesley Food Pantry - Meal Packaging (FULL)




Event Volunteer

If you would like disability-related accommodations in order to participate in the Day of Service, please register by Friday, January 5, and provide us with information on how we can best assist you.

A Welcome from Chancellor Jones

We begin the day with a Welcome from Chancellor Robert J. Jones!

Throughout his career, Dr. Jones has worked to make education available to promising young scholars around the world, speaking and teaching in Africa, Asia and Europe. From 1984-1994, he worked with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the Archbishop’s South African Education Program as an academic and scientific consultant.

Dream, Believe, Do

Our featured speaker will be Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, who will share her thoughts on the Dr. King's legacy and the theme, “Dream, Believe, Do.”  Dr. Zamani-Gallaher is Professor of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, and the Director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at UIUC.

Service Projects

Following our Welcome Program, the service begins!  There are many ways for you to make a difference during the MLK Day of Service!

Illini Union Activities — Take part in a variety of activities through the Illini Union

Birthday Kits for Homeless Children — For kids, the birthday party, with cake, candles, balloons, and streamers is the event of the year. Join Feeding Our Kids to help to make this day special for homeless children through the community. (FULL)

Winter Survival Kits — In January, temperatures drop to 16° with snow and ice. Help to assemble winter survival kits, with insulated bottles, warm gloves and other items, to help our campus neighbors who are exposed to the elements. Kits will go to Courage Connection and Phoenix Drop-in Center. (FULL)

Animal Toys for the Wildlife Medical Clinic with Vet Med! Help animals in the care of undergrad and veterinary students. Every week Vet Med gives animals new toys as part of their care and wellbeing! (FULL)

Support projects for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago — Organized by the Illini Epilepsy Project, help develop outreach kits to raise awareness on campus. (FULL)


Off Campus Meal Packaging — Take the short walk from IU to the Wesley Food Pantry on Green Street. Hosted by Illini Fighting Hunger (IFH), meal packages provide nutritious meals to those in need. Since 2012, IFH has provided over 1 million meal packages. (REGISTER NOW!)

Event Schedule

On January 15 check-in will be from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Illini Union at the Illini Rooms ABC (first floor on the east side). Spots are limited for all projects.

Event Schedule for on-campus projects

  • 12:00 pm - Check-in begins (please bring your i-card)
  • 1:00 pm - Welcome and Program
  • 2:00 pm - Service Projects
  • 4:00 pm - Complete any additional service projects with remaining supplies

Event Schedule for off-campus projects (pre-registered groups only)

  • 1:45 pm - Arrive at location
  • 2:00 pm - Start service project
  • 4:00 pm - Finish project


Stay connected to our office throughout the year to help you find, plan, and collaborate on service projects and volunteer opportunities. OVP is located on the second floor on the Illini Union on the Quad/South Side and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out our website and our social media below: