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2021 martin luther king jr. service projects


MLK Saturday Service Projects

  • In-Person: On & Off Campus
    • Saturday, January 23rd - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm (unless otherwise stated in description)
      • Students, Faculty, & Staff ONLY

 MLK Week Service Projects

  • Self-Directed & Virtual
    • Week of January 18th-23rd (various dates & times)
      • Open to everyone

Thank you for joining the Bennion Center for the Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday Service Project. We hope you will join us in one or multiple opportunities this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking precautions to keep opportunities COVID-Conscious by offering small in-person opportunities that require face coverings, sanitizing hands, and allow for physical distancing. There are also opportunities that are available for pick-up, and drop off, and opportunities that can be done from the comfort of your own residence. Please take a look at the options below to see what works best for you! 


For questions or more information, contact Bryce Williams, Student Programs Manager at Bryce.williams@utah.edu

MLK Saturday Service Projects

  • In-Person: On & Off Campus
    • Saturday, January 23rd - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm (unless otherwise stated in description)
      • Students, Faculty, & Staff ONLY

The following opportunities take place in person in groups of 10 or fewer. These opportunities require that you wear a face covering over both your mouth and nose at all times. If you are sick, have had COVID-19 at any time prior to January 23rd, showing symptoms of COVID 19, or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to January 23rd, you will not be allowed to participate.


Additionally, you will be asked to take a pre-project health assessment prior to showing up to the site of the project. These opportunities are only open to students, staff, and faculty at the University of Utah. Participants must register ahead of time. Walk up or day or registration will not be permitted due to COVID-19 pandemic contact tracing protocols.


In-Person: On-Campus

Olpin Student Union. Room: Union Den. 200 S. Central Campus Drive.

Volunteers will take recycled plastic bags and turn them into a warm sleeping pad for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Volunteer Spots Available: 10

Olpin Student Union: Room Parlor B. 200 S. Central Campus Drive.

Volunteers will cut and assemble cloth that can be reused for feminine hygiene items for girls and women across the world. The purpose of this project is to create resources so that girls and women to not miss out on educational or professional opportunities due to their periods.

Volunteer Spots Available: 10

Olpin Student Union: Union Room 323. 200 S. Central Campus Drive

Volunteers will sew face coverings for people in need to combat the COVID-19 virus.

Volunteer Spots Available: 7

Olpin Student Union:  Union Room 311.  200 S. Central Campus Drive.

Volunteers will cut and tie fleece to make warm blankets for members of our community in need.

Volunteers Spots Available: 8

Olpin Student Union Room: East Ballroom. 200 S. Central Campus Drive.

Volunteers will knit hats using a loom that will be distributed to those in need in our community that utilize services that include the Road Home. Fourth Street Clinic, and others.

Volunteers Spots Available: 10

Olpin Student Union Room: East Ballroom. 200 S. Central Campus Drive.

Volunteers will knit hats using a loom that will be distributed to those in need in our community that utilize services that include the Road Home. Fourth Street Clinic, and others.

Volunteers Spots Available: 10

Olpin Student Union Room: Panorama East.  200 S. Central Campus Drive.

Volunteers will create greeting and upcoming holiday cards for members of the Capitol Hills Senior Center.

Volunteer Spots Available: 10


In-Person: Off-Campus

941 E. 3300 S.

Volunteers will deep clean the various rooms in the Maliheh Free Clinic to allow for patients to been seen in a clean environment.

Volunteer Spots Available: 10

2001 S. State Street

Volunteers will deep clean meal bags and equipment used for the Meals on Wheels program.

Volunteer Spots Available: 10

(Note: This project is at a different time and requires a larger time commitment from (8:00 AM- to 12:00 PM)

437 W. 200 S.

Volunteers will help prepare, serve, and clean up after the meal service.

Volunteer spots available: 10

MLK Week Service Projects

  • Self-Directed & Virtual
    • Week of January 18th-23rd (various dates & times)
      • Open to everyone

These opportunities are available to anyone from the comfort of their own home or on their own time the week of January 18- January 23rd unless a specific time is stated. These are open to the community.


 

Self-Directed and Virtual Opportunities

Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 9-12:30

Online Via Zoom

Volunteers will use a computer mapping system to go over satellite images of communities around the world, usually places that have not had detailed maps done.  They will trace over buildings and roads and then these maps will be uploaded into an international system that is used by disaster workers (like the Red Cross) and other humanitarian aid non-profits who will use these maps to deliver much needed medical services, like vaccinations , as well as other humanitarian aid such as shelters after a disaster.

Volunteer Spots available: 20

Week of January 18-January 23rd

Eligible volunteers will be encouraged to sign up to make a blood donation with ARUP Blood Service.

More information on how to schedule a future appointment will be sent out the week before the MLK Jr. Week.

Week of January 18-January 23rd

Volunteers in this project will be encouraged to contact their elected state or national senator or representative in support or opposition to upcoming legislation.

More information on who represents the individual volunteer, legislation proposed, and how to contact them will be sent out the week before the MLK Jr. Week.

Week of January 18- January 23rd

The University of Utah food pantry provides non-perishable, nourishing food for our students, their families, faculty, and staff. Why? Because there are times when we all have struggles: Loss of a job, paying tuition, medical emergencies. The basic demands of life sometimes make us have to choose between food or bills. We don’t want any member of our Campus Community to have to choose between having some food on the table and keeping up with the emergencies that come up.

Since opening in October 2014, the volunteer-powered Feed U Food Pantry has impacted over 1,000 University of Utah members and their families.

Volunteers are encouraged to make a donation of food or money to the Feed U Food pantry during the MLK Jr. Week. More information about where to donate will be sent out the week prior to MLK Jr. Week.

Week of January 18- January 23rd

The George Floyd Memorial Fund in the Black Cultural Center was established (2020) in response to a national call for action after the death of George Floyd. With your support, this fund will directly support students and programs committed to advancing the interest of the next generation of aspiring Black leaders such as the Black Student Union, Black Graduate Student Association, African Student Association, National Society of Black Engineers and others.

More information on where to donate will be sent out the week prior to the MLK Jr. Week.

Week of January 18- January 23rd

Many families are new to America are unfamiliar with canned food items. The Granite Education Foundation provides items these families are more accustomed to such as flour, rice, and beans. These essentials are in high demands and are difficult for the foundation to keep in supply. A basics bag includes: 2 pound bag of flour, 1 pound bag of dry beans, and a 1 pound bags of rice all assembled in a plastic grocery bag.

Information on where and when to deliver these items on campus will be sent out the week before the MLK Jr. Week.

Week of January 18- January 23rd

Volunteers will create greeting and upcoming holiday cards for members of the Capitol Hills Senior Center.

More information about where materials can be picked up on campus and dropped off when completed will be sent out the week before the MLK Jr Week.

Week of January 19- January 23rd

Volunteers in this project are encouraged to donate a new or gently used book for students in the Salt Lake City School District. Books for all ages are needed and books that display diverse and multicultural characters and images are highly appreciated.

More information on where to drop off books will be sent the week before the MLK Jr. Week.

Week of January 18- January 23rd

Volunteers in this project are encouraged to make a donation of the following new items for children of all ages: underwear, socks, diapers, pull-ups, or menstruation underwear.

More information about where to donate items and more specific needs will be sent the week before the MLK Jr. Week.

Check out additional ways to engage in MLK week this January!

U of U MLK WEEK


Watch the 2019 Legacy of Lowell Saturday Service Projects video below!

Last Updated: 11/17/20