The Center for Civic Engagement would like to extend a huge thanks to all of the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service volunteers. We had 293 volunteers who completed 12 projects and almost 700 hours of service, making this the largest MLK Jr. Day of Service in Oregon State University history!  These large days of service would not be possible without each and every on of you!

Save the date: The 2018 MLK Day of Service will be held on Saturday January 13, 2018.

Interseted in helping as a project site leader or with set-up/check-in? We can use your help. Sign up here.

Students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children are all invited to participate in OSU’s largest day of service of the year. Projects will take place at various times with all projects starting in the morning. A light breakfast, snacks, and hot lunch will be provided to volunteers by Global Community Kitchen. Check in will be located in the MU Horizon Room 49, and transportation to all projects will be provided.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is about coming together to honor Dr. King's life and legacy and help further his dream for peace working together to and strengthen our communities. MLK Day of Service honors Dr. King’s legacy through service. The event empowers individuals, strengthens communities, builds bridges, breaks down barriers, addresses social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of strong, beloved communities.

Summary of the 2017 projects:

  • Feline Fun with Heartland Humane Society | Volunteers socialized and fed animals, cleaned and folded 6 full trash bags of laundry, and mopped floors.
  • Craft N’ Care for Meals on Wheels | Volunteers created dozens of Valentine's themed crafts.
  • Craft N’ Care for BENCO | Volunteers created dozens of Winter themed crafts for BENCO.
    • Please click the links for more information about BENCO.
  • Food Packing Party | Volunteers packaged 3,300 lbs (approximately 150 boxes, 24 lbs each) of beans.
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore | Volunteers recycled several hundred pounds of E-waste, recycled shipping pallets for chicken house construction, and filled a large commercial dumpster with construction debris that could not be recycled.
  • Deep Clean of Whiteside Theatre | Volunteers cleaned, scaped gum, swept, and mopped about 15 rows of the theatre floor.
  • Produce for the People | Volunteers moved at least 400 cubic yards of leaves to cover garden walkways, prevent growth of weeds, and use as compost next season; they also planted seeds, sterilized pots, turned compost, and cleared debris.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Park Landscaping | Volunteers collected 28 cubic yards of debris and pruned trees throughout the park.
  • Remodeling with OSU Military and Veteran Resources | Volunteers built one bookcase, put together 5-6 lockers, painted 4 rooms, and moved furniture.
  • Smoke Free Campus Clean-Up | Volunteers collected 20 lbs of trash.
  • Starker Arts Garden for Education | Volunteers mulched a large area, laid down soils and cardboard, moved bricks, and turned compost.
    • Please click the links for more information about SAGE community garden.
  • Boys & Girls Club Painting Project | Volunteers painted a hallway, swept, mopped, and vaccumed.

To view the photos from the day please click here to view the Facebook album.


Honor the work, life, and legacy of Dr. King everyday.

Below are just a few sentiments from Dr. King demonstrating his call for us to work for civil rights, social justice, and to serve and be in community with one another. 

“We are faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” 

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” 

"Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”


The OSU Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is a campus-wide, week-long celebration with multiple events and hosts. The CCE's Service day is just one of these opportunities to experience. For more information about other events taking place on campus, visit the celebration Facebook page here.