MLK, Jr. Day
Monday, January 15, 2018
Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Lenhart Grand Ballroom &
Community Partner Sites in Northwest Ohio
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is an annual community service event that is open to all students, faculty, & staff at BGSU. The event engages over 800 volunteers and more than 45 community partners. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., volunteers serve on MLK, Jr. Day to make it “a day on, not a day off.”
Sign up to volunteer
There are many different ways you can be involved!
Each volunteer role is very important and our community partner organizations are counting on us to complete much needed projects. We ask that all volunteers commit to the following :
- Be prepared to learn about community issues and the Northwest
- Demonstrate flexibility and
adaptability for a complex, multi-faceted event,
- Complete necessary pre-trainings (applies to site leaders, event
staff, and drivers only),
- Show up on the day and be
commited to serve.
General volunteers are individuals or groups of students who serve at
a community partner site completing a service project. This is the
most common volunteer role for the day. This is a great way for first
time volunteers to be involved.
Site leaders serve as a facilitator of a group at a service project site. Site leaders must apply for this role and attend a mandatory group meeting in November and participate in a half day training January 13, 2017. If you are unable to commit to these meetings, please register as a general volunteer or event staff.
No longer accepting applications
Event staff help to set up the event the day before MLK Jr. Day and
also assist with the smooth operation of the event with such tasks as
check-in, lunch distribution, directing volunteers to shuttles, and
clean up. Must participate in a few hours of training on January 13,
Drivers are needed to drive vans to drop off groups at community
partner project sites. Drivers must be 21 years or older and be
certified by BGSU to drive. Drivers are typically graduate students,
staff members, and faculty members.
De-Register as a Volunteer
Whoops....you can no longer volunteer? That's fine. Just complete
the de-registration form below. This link will be available until the
first week of January 2018, so please let us know if you have to drop
out as a volunteer before then.
Community Partner Project Registration
To accomodate a large volunteer group (roughly 800 volunteers) we
are seeking approxiamately 45-50 community partner projects.
We are seeking projects that meet an identified community partner need and can be completed within four to five hours. Common projects from past events have included: cleaning, painting, contructing boardwalks, canvassing, organizing, sorting canned goods, and more. See past project descriptions. Community partners may request as many volunteers needed to complete the project.
Community Partner Project Expectations
- Educate the volunteers about the purpose of your organization and the impact of the project.
- Ensure safety of volunteers
while at your project site.
- Facilitate any needed
training before beginning project.
- Provide adequate staff to supervise the volunteer group at your project site.
- Supply any materials, equipment, or tools needed to complete the project.
BGSU will provide volunteers with transportation to your project site, a bag lunch, and site leaders for each group.
If you need assistance or have questions feel free to contact the
Center for Community & Civic Engagement (firstname.lastname@example.org or
Frequently Asked Questions
BGSU volunteers work as a team to accomplish a service project at a local non-profit agency in Northwest Ohio. The team projects remain a mystery until the day of the event. Each team is required to utilize their unique talents and skills to complete the project. This is a great way to apply your problem-solving skills, meet new people, and contribute to the Bowling Green and Northwest Ohio communities.
Last year, BGSU volunteers engaged in the following:
- Organizing a food bank and serving a community lunch
- Reading to and playing with children
- Building raised beds for a community garden
- Refurbishing picnic tables
- Cleaning, painting, and organizing
Our community partners are located in Bowling Green and throughout Northwest Ohio. Past partners have included the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Habitat for Humanity of Wood County and Maumee Valley, Metroparks of Greater Toledo, Toledo Animal Shelter, Bittersweet Farms, and Downtown Bowling Green just to name a few.
BGSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni are encouraged to participate. You may volunteer as an individual and be assigned to a team OR you may sign up and complete a service project as a group. When you complete the registration form, please be sure to indicate which group you want to serve with. We will do our best to make sure all requests are honored, but due to the volunteer placement needs of our community partners full groups cannot always be accomodated and are sometimes split into smaller groups.
The event takes place on the third Monday of January, which is MLK, Jr. Day. There are no classes on MLK, Jr. Day. #BGMLK18 will take place on Monday, January 15, 2018.
9:30am - 10:00am: Breakfast & Check-in
10:00am - 11:45am: Opening Ceremony
11:45am - 12:30pm: Travel to project sites
12:30pm - 3:30pm: Challenge Projects
3:30pm - 4:00pm: Travel back to BGSU
4:00pm - 5:00pm: Closing Ceremony & Reflection
You will receive a free t-shirt, breakfast, a light lunch, and service hours for volunteering for the event. You will also have a unique experience based on your service project.
Yes! We encourage you to sign up as a group with your friends, student organization, classmates, and colleagues. Just be sure to indicate which group you want to volunteer with on the registration form.
You will receive a breakfast and a light lunch thanks to the support of BGSU Dining.
We encourage you to wear layers and proper winter apparel (hats, gloves, scarves, and warm coats). Keep in mind that you may be cleaning, painting, or constructing. You may want to bring a personal bag or backpack, a water bottle, donations, medications, and additional snacks.
The hashtag for this year's event is #BGMLK18.