MLK Jr. Day of Service

Image of piled up cans with a quote, "The time is always right to do what is right" by Martin Luther King, Jr.

14th Annual MLK Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 17, 2022 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Welcome event at 11 a.m.

Making a donation for the Brown Bag Food Project?

BGSU students can participate in the 14th Annual MLK Day of Service Community Food Drive with the Brown Bag Food Project from January 15th-17th. Donations can be brought to the Civic Engagement offices in 304 University Hall during the week of January 10th. Donations can also be delivered directly to Brown Bag Food Project in downtown Bowling Green.

Registration for MLK Jr Day of Service has closed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we opted to reduce the number of service projects and number of volunteer spots available. Interested students may still sign up to participate in the MLK Jr Semester of Service below.

Bowling Green State University's Civic Engagement in the C. Raymond Marvin Center for Student Leadership is thrilled to host the 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 17, 2022. This day of service is an opportunity for BGSU students, faculty and staff to connect with the Bowling Green, Ohio and northwest Ohio community to perform community service activities.

Throughout the country, MLK Day is often viewed as a day "off" from school or work, as many businesses and institutions close for the day. For the past 13 years, BGSU and the Marvin Center has worked to make MLK Day a "day on, not a day off" by getting more and more students, faculty and staff involved in civic engagement. Marvin Center is hoping to make this year's event the largest attended event in BGSU history!

What are the ways that I can get involved?

Student volunteers are essential to MLK Jr Day of Service. As a volunteer, you will be assigned to a service project on campus or in Bowling Green. Volunteers will be guided by a site leader and all the sites are on-campus or within walking distance of campus.  Volunteers will receive 5 service hours.

Note: Any volunteer who needs assistance with accessibility to be able to participate in the MLK Jr. Day of Service should email

Semester of Service
Register for weekly updates about earning service hours all semester!

Didn't participate in MLK Jr Day of Service? No problem! The 2022 MLK Jr Day of Service is a kick-off for BGSU's Semester of Service. Sign up for weekly updates and participate in service opportunities all semester long. Participants who serve 5+ hours during spring semester will be eligible for a free t-shirt while supplies last.

Why is MLK Day of Service so important to BGSU?

  • For the public good
  • Value of community
  • Value of the individual within community
    • Individuals have the power to make a big impact in their community
  • Equality and equity
    • Creating a more just and compassionate community
  • Value of service
    • Service can come in many forms


10:00 a.m. Volunteer check-in - locations vary
11:00 a.m. Opening Session and Welcome - virtual
11:30 a.m. Site Leader Meetings with volunteers - locations vary
12:00 p.m. Volunteers depart for service destinations
4:00 p.m. Students return from service site and are dismissed