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MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service is a national initiative to make the recognition of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a “Day on, not a day off." Volunteers learn that small changes can have a huge impact within their own neighborhood.

Past projects undertaken on MLK Day of Service have included painting, landscaping and remodeling houses for low-income families and homeowners, tutoring elementary school students, and upgrading school classrooms and resource centers.

Get Involved

MLK Day of Service is a great opportunity to bring a diverse group of people together for a common cause. Volunteers will arrive at the Millennium Student Center for check-in, breakfast, and a brief program before being disbursed to their sites via carpool (see Day of Schedule). The service projects are approximately three hours. Walk-ups are welcome, but will only be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, pending available space. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. 


MLK Day of Service is open to anyone 13+. Minors must be accompanied by an adult and waivers must be signed by the parent/guardian (sent in advance). The registration deadline is January 5 (or when sites are full, whichever comes first). 

UMSL Students, Staff and Faculty will register at

Community members (includes alumni and non-UMSL guests) will register at

Questions? Contact Ashlee Roberts at or (314)516-5291. Email will be the best option after December 13.


Event schedule

The following schedule offers a general overview of the day:

 7:45 AM: Volunteer check-in begins at the MSC

 8:30 AM-8:40 AM: Opening Program

 8:45 AM: Volunteers head to their designated service sites

12:00 PM-12:30 PM: Volunteers return from service sites to the MSC

12:30 PM-1:30 PM: Lunch and Closing Program