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Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, ServeOhio

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25th Annual MLK Day of Service

The 2020 MLK Day of Service is almost here – and Americans across the country are rolling up their sleeves in service. Here in Ohio, thousands of volunteers will serve in their communities and turn their day off work into a day on for service. ServeOhio is proud to support ten service projects across the state which will engage 2,286 volunteers dedicated to improving their community. These are the projects.

  • Canton City School District, Canton – 30 student volunteers will improve the physical condition of the Monroe Neighborhood Community Center by providing a deep-clean of the interior and painting a mural inside the center.
  • College Now Greater Cleveland, Cleveland – 300 volunteers and AmeriCorps members will collect, package, and distribute care packages that will be delivered to college students in greater Cleveland who are at high-risk of poverty/hunger.
  • Hamilton Urban Garden Systems (HUGS), Hamilton – 40 volunteers will winterize the HUGS community garden by cleaning out raised box beds, preparing berry beds for winter, trimming and removing tree and shrub growth along the perimeter, and removing larger gardening materials and waste not needed for the 2020 growing season.
  • I Know I Can, Columbus – 40 volunteers and AmeriCorps members will participate in an intergenerational service project in which students at Easthaven Elementary School and seniors at the Martin Janis Community Senior Center will exchange letters of encouragement and assemble care packages to be delivered to fourth and fifth grade students at Easthaven.
  • Ohio Hi Point Career Center/Bunsold Middle School Career Connections, Bellefontaine – 34 students at Bunsold Middle School will create and launch “The Monarch Food Locker”, a inconspicuous food pantry for students who are at high risk of hunger.
  • Ohio University, Athens – 37 volunteers and AmeriCorps members will host a community market in the Trimble area of Athens County. The market will provide free clothing, hygiene products, food, and books for any community member in the area of the Trimble Local School District.
  • Otterbein University, Westerville – 250 students will participate in a stop-and-serve event to build community while educating students on strategic efforts to address social issues. Students will package trail mix packets for food-insecure elementary school children, create stuffed animal dogs to give to children at a local shelter, and make plarn mats for the homeless in Franklin County.
  • Shaker Schools Foundation, Shaker Heights – 1,500 students in the Shaker Heights School District will participate in the Shaker Schools MLK Day of Service. K - 4th graders will make fleece blankets to give to the homeless. 5th – 8th graders will assemble personal care and cleaning kits to donate to Bellfaire JCB, Family Promise, and Fostering Hope. High school students will coordinate a volunteer fair where students and community members can sign up to volunteer at a nonprofit, and several high school clubs will have a bake sale that generates funds to donate to one of the District’s nonprofit partners.
  • The RIDGE Project, McClure – 30 volunteers from the student leadership group Ohio Youth Congress will support and encourage students at Holgate Local Schools by embellishing 51 bathroom stall doors with positive quotes and/or phrases.
  • YMCA of Central Ohio, Columbus – 25 volunteers and AmeriCorps members will prepare and serve a pancake breakfast for the male residents in the Downtown YMCA transitional housing shelter. Additionally, volunteers will design and paint a mural symbolizing MLK’s commitment to serving others with YMCA residents contributing their handprints to symbolize our continuing connection to the legacy of MLK’s work and spirit. Finally, volunteers will engage residents in a service project assembling Blessing Bags to be distributed as part of the YMCA health worker outreach.

Making time to volunteer for the 2020 MLK Day of Service is a great way to engage with your community while honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Whether you plan on grabbing a paintbrush, mentoring a young person, or helping to clean up a public space in the next few days, know that what you do makes a world of difference. Ready to get involved? Go to to find resources and volunteer projects in your community.

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