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.
||2015 King Day of Service
2015 Kentucky AmeriCorps Participation
Learn more about what happened on and around MLK Day on Jan. 19, 2015.
Members are participating in the annual Hearts From Home project, which provides handmade Valentine’s Day cards and handwritten letters to active duty military and veterans.
Members are identifying a community need and planning a project to address that need. Members are working on various projects across the state (most of them in small teams). Examples include food drives, diaper and clothing drives, book drive, "know your rights" workshop, neighborhood clean-up and human trafficking awareness event.
Disaster Services Corps/Senior Connections
Members will be writing cards or letters to veterans to thank them for their service and tell about the AmeriCorps experience. Members will take them to the Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center.
Economic Empowerment Corps
Members are hosting financial education groups at shelters across the state. One member will offer tax volunteer training.
Members will participate in service projects in their local communities. Other members are organizing service-learning projects for their students. One example includes "Back a Vet" project, in which donations of personal care and other items will be collected for local veterans.
Kentucky College Coaches
Members are facilitating Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops for high school students and parents.
Members are promoting the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. The members will be trained and certified to provide Income Tax Assistance to members of the rural counties where the sponsoring agency has neighborhood centers.
Members are organizing service projects at their school sites. Some are doing bulletin boards and lessons with their students. Some members are doing "pledge slips" with their students, where the students record a good deed they did on MLK Day.
Members are hosting a FAFSA day for parents and students at each local high school.
PartnerCorps School Turnaround
Members are collecting art supplies, crafts and games to donate to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
Members will volunteer at the 15th District PTA Clothes Closet Program (CAP), which provides clothing assistance to thousands of students each year. Members will help coordinate and assist with the PTA CAP communitywide coat drive in January.
Teach For America – Appalachia
Members will teach lessons about civil rights and incorporate civil rights literature in their instruction.
UNITE Service Corps
Each member is doing an individual program/instruction regarding the significance of the impact that Dr. King made advancing the progress of civil rights. Members are collaborating with other academic disciplines to enhance the instruction for students. Members are using videos of the I Have a Dream speech as well as other significant events, with an emphasis on King’s approach to non-violent protest of racial discrimination.
Questions? Contact Shannon Ramsey.
2015 MLK State Commission Celebration
2015 MLK Awards information and List of Winners
||2014 King Day of Service
2014 MLK State Commission Celebration
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.
||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.
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 Jan. 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.