Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

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 and United Way of King County work together to organize students and community members throughout Seattle to join people across the country in an effort to answer that question with service.

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The Day of Service begins with a community building Kick-Off event where participants are able to connect with fellow volunteers over morning refreshments and learn more about the legacy of service Martin Luther King Jr has inspired. After the Kick-Off, groups set-off to make a difference at local nonprofit organizations throughout the city.

 Schedule of Events

8 am – 9 am Event Kick-off!

The Day of Service begins with a Kick-Off event at the UW’s Ethic Cultural Center. There, participants will be able to connect with fellow volunteers and community partners over morning refreshments and learn more about the legacy of service Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has inspired. 

Key note speaker: TBD

9 am – 10 am Projects Begin

Student, faculty, staff, and community partners will set out to volunteer all over the greater Seattle area. Projects range from planting trees  to marching for social justice.

To sign-up or browse our service positions this year, check out the United Way of King County website.


Be a Project Leader!

We are currently recruiting for Project Leaders!

What does it mean to be a Project Leader?

  • Recruit volunteers to join your MLK Day project
  • Communicate with your host organization
  • Communicate with volunteers who sign up for your project
  • Use the United Way online registration system to sign upand register group members
  • Help frame why this event & your specific service project are important for the volunteers
  • Coordinate t-shirt pick for your group members

Project Leader registration opens November 10th. Questions? email

Thank you to our sponsors!

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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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