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 rooted in recognizing and celebrating the many ways people are engaging in service and activism and we celebrate the work being done by community members at our volunteer Kick-Off, which for the second year will be hosted at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center.

Sign Up to Volunteer

We are currently recruiting project leaders! Project leaders select a specific service site, and are responsible for recruiting volunteers to participate in their project.  They will sign volunteers up with United Way, and help with facilitation at Kickoff and their service site during the Day of Service.  Project Leader Registration Opens November 12th!

If you are interested in participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, but don’t want to be a Project Leader, check out our public projects. More opportunities will become available as we get closer to the event.

Visit the volunteer solutions page to sign up.

Attend the Kick-Off

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

  • January 19, 2015
  • 8am – 9am
  • Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
  • Morning beverages and pastries will be provided

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, we have invited R.E.T.R.O.’s Winter Slam winner to perform at this event. R.E.T.R.O. Revolutionary Poets is a student group, developed to create forum for underrepresented student 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, Kick-off Speaker, Blair Taylor, Chief Community Officer at Starbucks.

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Schedule of Events

Event Kick-off!

  • 8am-9am
  • Ethic Cultural Center
Service Projects

  • 9am-4pm
  • Various Locations

This event is a 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 most pressing national problems. 

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Thank you to our sponsors!

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