In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”
If you are looking for an opportunity to serve in our local community, the Gators Volunteer website is a great place to start. You can also contribute to UF’s student-led MLK Day of Service efforts, sponsored by the David & Wanda Brown Center for Leadership and Service, by donating PPE and toiletry items to GRACE Marketplace. To do so, access the Day of Service Registration Form and sign up under the “Drop and Go” heading.
“This year, more than ever, in the face of recent mob violence threatening our increasingly diverse democratic process, I encourage us all to take action and reflect in whatever capacity large or small to remember Dr. King’s courageous and selfless leadership example of nonviolent action to promote lasting change through the expansion of our civil rights and pluralistic democracy,” said UF Chief Diversity Officer Antonio Farias.
Additional information on statewide and national efforts may be found on AmeriCorps’ MLK Day website.