Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
The King Day of Service is a way to transform the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. into community service that helps solve social problems.
Each January, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals and break down barriers.
||2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration
Save the date
When: 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
Where: Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort
Who: Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission
What: The celebration is open to the public and will include food, entertainment, speakers and award presentations for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award and King Awards for winners of the K-12 student art and essay contests.
||2014 King Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
Explore the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service website to learn more about MLK Day and how you can participate.
Interested in planning a service project? Check out the website resources such as Project Toolkits and MLK Day Planning Webinars.
Kentucky AmeriCorps Participation
Kentucky AmeriCorps programs typically participate in various community service projects in honor of the national day of service. More information will be shared once available.
||50th Anniversary March on Frankfort
Save the date
When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 4 p.m. EDT
For more information: E-mail Allied Organizations for Civil Rights, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights or visit the public blog.
Allied organizations gearing up for thousands to recreate 1964 Frankfort Civil Rights March, KyFoward.com 12-6-13
||2015 King Day of Service
Beginning in 2015, the KCCVS will sponsor food drive competitions to coincide with the MLK Day of Service instead of with Make A Difference Day. This shift will boost donations for local food banks during the post-holiday time period where food levels are typically low.
Stay tuned for more information or contact Shannon Ramsey, (502) 564-7420, ext. 3841.
||General Information about MLK Day
In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action.
The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work.
Learn more at the King Day of Service website.
Learn about the Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission.
The 2013 King Day of Service was Jan. 21, 2013. Kentucky AmeriCorps programs participated in various community service projects in honor of the national day of service.
Pictures and stories were posted on the KCCVS Facebook page.
The 2012 King Day of Service was Jan. 16, 2012.
Check out photos from the Kentucky AmeriCorps MLK Day of Service 2012 on the KCCVS Facebook page.
Learn more about Kentucky AmeriCorps and other community projects/events KCCVS had posted on our website here.
Learn about EKU Corps projects here.
Learn more about Murray State University's projects here and watch their video.
CNCS Press Release: Preliminary Report on 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service (Jan. 28, 2011)
Watch the video with Governor Steve Beshear about the 2011 MLK Day of Service.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Central Kentucky continues to grow. The 2010 event, Blood, Sweat and Cheers, was led by the Central Kentucky Association of Volunteer Administrators. Almost 500 volunteers participated in 30 projects across Central Kentucky on January 18.
Read the full report of the 2010 King Day of Service.
Watch the YouTube video highlighting the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service activities planned by the Central Kentucky Association of Volunteer Administrators.
The Central Kentucky Association of Volunteer Administrators asked local faith and community based organizations to plan and host a one time service project on Jan. 19, 2009, as a way to encourage our community to honor the memory of Dr. King and promote volunteerism and community service in Lexington and the Bluegrass Region.
23 projects took place, involving more than 540 volunteers. Read the full report and view a picture slide show below.
2009 King Day of Service Report
2009 King Day of Service Picture Slide Show
Watch The Learning Corps' Tribute to Dr. King on YouTube.
Read about the Central Kentucky Association of Volunteer Administrators participation.
Read about AmeriCorps programs Homeland Security Corps/Senior Connections participation.
Read about AmeriCorps program SERV Corps participation.
Read about AmeriCorps program MSU Corps participation.