Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

About the Event 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”

Each year, the University of Washington in partnership with United Way of King County hosts the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: an event that places nearly two thousand volunteers in day-long service projects throughout King County, providing vital people-power to organizations that support our county’s most vulnerable populations.

This event is part of the President’s United We Serve initiative which, calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our nations most pressing problems.

Sign Up to Volunteer

There are still volunteer spots left! Sign up to volunteer by attending the kickoff.

Attend the Kickoff

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is rooted in recognizing and celebrating the many ways people engage in service and activism. We celebrate the work being done by community members at our volunteer Kickoff, which, for the second year, will be hosted at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. Please join us for our celebratory Kickoff on:

This year, we are honored to welcome Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu as our keynote speaker. For over 14 years, Justice Yu has developed a deep record of service both on and off the bench, supporting programs that develop civic responsibility in young folks and bringing socially-conscious leadership to local organizations. In addition to Justice Yu, a finalist from R.E.T.R.O.’s Winter Poetry Slam will perform. R.E.T.R.O. Revolutionary Poets is a student group, developed to create a forum for underrepresented students to express themselves.

Other honorable event partners include our emcees Briana Jarrett, ASUW’s black student commissioner and Magdelawit Negussie, president of the Black Student Union. And, Kickoff speakers Sheila Edwards Lange, vice president for minority affairs and vice provost for diversity and Blair Taylor, chief community officer at Starbucks.

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Schedule of Events

Event Kickoff!

  • 8 a.m.–9 a.m.
  • Ethic Cultural Center
Service Projects

  • 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Various Locations


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