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.
Explore the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service website to learn more about MLK Day.
||2014 King Day of Service
2014 MLK Celebration
Sponsored by: Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment, Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission, Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Arts Council
2014 MLK Celebration Video
2014 MLK Awards information and List of Winners
2014 Kentucky AmeriCorps Participation
Kentucky AmeriCorps programs participated in various community service projects in honor of the national day of service. Check out photos on the KCCVS Facebook page.
ATEAM: Members will coordinate the Hearts From Home project in support of veterans and military families.
Build Corps: Members will attend local marches and organizing small community service projects. Louisville-area members may serve at the Olmsted Parks Conservancy project, Lexington-area members may serve with Catholic Action and Frankfort-area members plan to provide a disaster preparedness training.
FRYSC Corps: Members are participating in various service projects, including a blood drive, creating Valentines for seniors, holding a shoe drive, writing letters to troops, making seedling starter kits for community gardens, knitting scarves for adult day care center, serving at local thrift shop and donation centers and serving meals.
Kentucky College Coaches: Members are participating in various local MLK-related projects, such as organizing a local march and holding a canned food drive. Members are also collaborating with the PartnerCorps program at Berea College.
MSUCorps: Members are organizing service projects at their school sites.
REACH Corps: Members will volunteer at the PTA Clothes Closet in Louisville.
Senior Connections and Disaster Services Corps: Members will watch the MLK Jr. Legacy video during training.
||2015 King Day of Service
KCCVS plans to sponsor food drive competitions beginning in 2015 to coincide with the MLK Day of Service as an alternative to Make A Difference Day. This change will boost donations for local food banks during the post-holiday period when food insecurity rates tend to rise.
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.