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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.

MLK Day of Service connects UMSL students, community partners and service organizations for a day of service activities on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. UMSL Students of Service provides all materials necessary to complete the project (within budget and capacity), as well as the volunteers. We have had a wide range of projects from our past sites, such as painting, building privacy cubicle walls, cleaning, reading to students, tutoring, and landscaping.

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 (9am-12pm). Walk-ups are welcome, but will only be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, pending available space. 


Apply to be a Site Leader! Students and Faculty/Staff Wanted

Site leaders work with the non-profit/community organization to develop the project and guide people the day of the event. Students and staff or faculty members are paired together to work with the non-profit or or community organization to develop the project and devise a plan to complete the project. This also provides an opportunity to foster relationships outside of the classroom or office setting. If you're looking for a high-impact, short-term leadership opportunity, this is for you! Applications are due at 11:45 PM on October 15.

MLK Day of Service Site Leader Application



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).

Registration information will be available soon.

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


Event schedule

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