Week of Service

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this year the University Community Service Center has developed and curated a set of programs to bring campus and community together for a variety of service events. From community-partner-led in-person opportunities in Bronzeville to mentoring students virtually, there is a way for every member of our community to engage safely and effectively.

Virtual Service and Donation Opportunities Are you in a position to volunteer virtually this MLK Day? UCSC developed a guide to virtual service and donation opportunities so everyone can engage with our communities comfortably and safely. From sending books to incarcerated women to writing cards for seniors, many organizations stand ready to help foster connection this MLK day. We’ll be adding new events to this resource all week, so be sure to check back for the latest information. Get involved.

In-Person Day of Service: Bronzeville – On Monday, January 17 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., join the fourth annual King Day of Service: Bronzeville, which brings together residents, nonprofits organizations, and institutions to support local schools in the community. The service day, organized by Organic Oneness, will focus on beautification projects at Chicago Public Schools in Bronzeville. Participants will receive their assigned school by Friday, January 14 at 5 p.m. This is an in-person opportunity and strict adherence to COVID guidelines is expected. Register now.

My Block My Hood My City's MLK Day of Service 2022 – On Monday, January 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., join My Block My Hood My City at the oldest rescue mission in Chicago, the Olive Branch Mission on 63rd. They'll be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and collecting winter weather gear for Chicagoans facing homelessness. Come out and bring a donation of winter coats, gloves, hats, scarves, or socks! Items for all ages and genders are needed. Learn more.

Entering and Exiting Communities: Virtual Training On Tuesday, January 18 from 12 to 1 p.m., join the UCSC for a training introducing frameworks for engagement with neighborhoods around UChicago. The UCSC’s signature training helps students and other UChicago stakeholders examine how they approach community interactions and understand the University’s civic engagement history and philosophy. Participants examine how their identities and experiences impact the way they show up to and engage with community. This training is offered in partnership with the Office of Civic Engagement and the Rustandy Center. Register now.

Calling All Alumni: Register for MLK Day of Service Projects  Join the UChicago Office of Civic Engagement, the Alumni Club of the Bay Area, the Alumni Club of Chicago, and the Alumni Club of Los Angeles in community service events that bring together students, staff, faculty, alumni, family, and friends during MLK weekend January 15 – 17. There are several service projects to choose from in each community, focusing on everything from alleviating hunger and homelessness to providing much-needed clothing for children in need, neighborhood clean-ups, and more. Register now.