Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 


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January 21, 2013

"Life's most persistent and urgent questions is: What are you doing for others?" – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year, thousands of Illinoisans make the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday "a day on, not a day off." This year Serve Illinois asks you to join your neighbors in giving back. Below, please find details on service projects that are planned by Serve Illinois partners. You can also search for more projects with the Volunteer Opportunity Portal.

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Project Project Description Organization & Contact Person Date, Time, & Location Number & Types of Volunteers Needed
Book Drive and Community Reading Day Uniting America AmeriCorps Program with the assistance of 40 volunteers will run a month long Book Drive to collect resources for local libraries in Chicago (Cook County) and Waukegan (Lake County). Books will be collected among employees and customers of local businesses. On Tuesday, January 22nd 15 volunteers and 10 AmeriCorps Members will deliver collected books to libraries and will engage in book reading activities. Libraries, where books will be delivered to are located in the immigrant and minority neighborhoods. Uniting America will work with local schools to invite students to participate in the Community Reading Day. Uniting America will strive to bring to the Community Reading Day students from different backgrounds and together learn more about Martin Luther King and his legacy. Uniting America AmeriCorps Program – Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Monika Starczuk

Phone: 312-344-2217
1/2 - 22/2013

Chicago and Waukegan, IL
MLK Feed the Needy AmeriCorps Members will serve at Cosgrove's Soup Kitchen in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. AmeriCorps East St. Louis

Tenille Traylor

Phone: 815-788-4385


Cosgrove's Soup Kitchen
3718 State Street
East St. Louis, IL
Let Freedom Ring The AmeriCorps members would like to collaborate with the Garden Quarter Resource Center in McHenry, which is a resource center within a low-income area that primarily work with at-risk youth and with the McHenry Area Public Library. AmeriCorps members will collect household items such as tissues boxes, paper towel rolls, rubber bands, beans and rice, coffee cans and other household items to create homemade musical instruments with the youth at both organizations. Prior to making homemade instruments AmeriCorps members will read age appropriate books to youth about MLK Jr. and the importance of the day. The youth will then have the opportunity to play music as a group and take home their homemade musical instruments. AmeriCorps of McHenry County

Sara Diedrich

Phone: 815-788-4385
1/16, 18, & 19/2013

8:30am - 3:30pm

Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center
4508 Garden Quarter Rd., Apt #36
McHenry, IL


McHerny Area Public Library
809 N. Front St. (Route 31)
McHenry IL
“Peace Never Sleeps” Members will be serving in the capacity of covering the 6 weekend shifts at the Twin City Pads Shelter, 111 E. 29th Street, Sterling, IL . They will be responsible for serving four meals during the weekend. ABC AmeriCorps of Sauk Valley Community College

Lisa Peck

Phone: 815-835-6313
1/18 - 19/2013

7pm - 7am

Twin City Pads Shelter
111 E. 29th Street
Sterling, IL
America’s Sunday Supper Belleville AmeriCorps is hosting an “America’s Sunday Supper” on Sunday, January 20th, 5-7 pm, in observance of the MLK National Day of Service. It will be held in the Atrium of the Belleville Human Resources Department. The following organizations, Human Relations Commission; Center for Racial Harmony; The BASIC Initiative; BASIC Youth Board; and Belleville AmeriCorps, are invited to participate in bringing people together in service, dialogue and civic engagement while sharing a meal. These community leaders will exchange meaningful reflection (dialogue) on issues affecting the community. Belleville AmeriCorps

Earnestine Gilbert

Phone: 618-641-5713

5pm - 7pm

Belleville Human Resources Department
510 West Main Street
Belleville, IL
Bicycles 2 Work LSSI will hold a bicycle gathering and rebuilding day at Hurricane Baptist Church in Herrin. The goals are:
  1. to gather used bicycles to refurbish for returning citizens and for children
  2. to refurbish a minimum of 8 bicycles on that day.
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois/Prisoner and Family Ministry

Jeff Gee

Phone: 618-525-8418

Hurricane Memorial Baptist Church
1500 S 13th St
Herrin, IL
Cards for the Military Children volunteers will be making cards to military service personnel. PCC AmeriCorps

Lucy FLores

Phone: 708-524-7685

PCC AmeriCorps
14 W. Lake St
Oak Park, IL
Crisis Food Center Service Project LSSI will work with the Crisis Food Center in East St. Louis to organize and distribute food baskets. The goal is to provide a 5 day food supply, clothing and household items. Lutheran Social Services of Illinois/Prisoner and Family Ministry

Michele Graham

Phone: 618-535-4063

Crisis Food Center
East St. Louis, IL
FNCA - What's Up Micronsesia? The Junior Optimist Club at Franklin School will particiapte in activities and crafts to send to our pen pals in Micronesia. We will share culture and our character words in an attempt to form a global community. Belleville AmeriCorps

Ashley Nail and Maddy Ligon

Phone: 618-233-1710

Franklin Elementary School
301 North Second Street
Belleville, IL
Harmony Neighborhood Assocation Service Project AmeriCorps Members will visit with visit with retirees at First Christian and St. Mathews. Belleville AmeriCorps

Amanda Guinn

Phone: 618-235-2700 ext. 5709

Belleville, IL
MLK Celebration & Service AmeriCorps members will attend the 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon at the Peoria Civic Center. The luncheon will provide a Civic Engagement Training opportunity as members network with Peoria leaders and learn about Dr. King’s legacy through a special message delivered by this year’s guest speaker - former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Following the luncheon we will be joined by a group of youth and complete a service project at the Midwest Food Bank. VISTA members serving in the Peoria area also plan to attend the luncheon. Fostering Transitions AmeriCorps – Children’s Home

Julie Siebert

Phone: 309-687-7440

Peoria Civic Center
201 Southwest Jefferson Avenue
Peoria, IL
Project MORE Martin Luther King Service Day On January 21, 2013, AmeriCorps Project MORE members and staff and community volunteers are going to five Chicago homeless shelters to distribute donations and engage parents and children in family and financial literacy activities. Through this initiative, families in shelters are encouraged to be more involved in their child’s literacy development by members and community residents. Simple and easy to do activities are demonstrated, and the accomplishments and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King are highlighted. UIC AmeriCorps Project MORE

Jennifer Jones

Phone: 312-355-4227

4628 North Clifton Avenue
Chicago, IL


Marguard Center
1645 W. LeMoyne
Chicago, IL


New Moms
2845 W. McLean Ave
Chicago, IL


San Jose Obrero
1856 S. Loomis
Chicago, IL
Read for Martin Luther King Jr. In celebration of MLK Jr. Day, Jumpstart Corps members and volunteers will host a story hour and activities associated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at North Lake Public Library in Northlake, Illinois. Children and families in attendance will also package 50 coats to be distributed to Spencer Elementary School in the Austin Neighborhood of Chicago. Jumpstart River Forest at Dominican University

Stephanie Swope

Phone: 708-524-6757

Northlake Public Library
231 North Wolf Road
Northlake, IL
Looking for 10 more volunteers
VOCAL AmeriCorps MLK Day of Service Activities Members will take part in three service activities:
  • Jesse Owens Elementry - Time TBD
    Help organize K-3rd grade children's library.
  • Franciscan Outreach Association - 4:45pm - 7pm
    Set-up & serve food (center will cook meal) and meet and greet diners.
  • Lincoln Park Community Shelter - 7:30am - 11am
    Prepare and serve breakfast to the shelter residents and homeless in area.
  • Illinois Youth Center in Harrisburg - Time TBD
    MLK Literacy activities with the youth.
Literacy Volunteers of Illinois - VOCAL AmeriCorps

Chamala Travis

Phone: 312-857-1582

Times vary - See describtion

Jesse Owens Elementary
12450 S. State
Chicago, IL


Franciscan Outreach Association
1645 W. LeMoyne
Chicago, IL


Lincoln Park Community Shelter
600 West Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL


Illinois Youth Centers 1201 W. Poplar Harrisburg, IL
United We Serve Following the saying “Am I My Brothers Keeper?” The Springfield Urban League, Inc. will partner with local agencies to provide information surrounding the pressing issue of violence prevention. Several events will take place to highlight the principles of Dr. Kings non-violent approach. Springfield Urban League, Inc.

Candace Silas

Phone: 217-891-5172

Springfield, IL
MLK Day of Service AUSL AmeriCorps members will participate in events either held at their school or partner events in Chicago. School based projects include read alouds, awareness activities and artwork. Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL)

Kara Intrieri

Phone: 312-301-6512
1/21 - 25/2013

Chicago, IL
Service to Veterans Families-Fisher House The 11 AmeriCorps members serving at the Food Depository will provide a day of service to the Fisher House, located at the Edward Hines V.A. Hospital. The Fisher House provides “a home away from home” for families of Veterans receiving medical treatment at major military and V.A. medical center. The Food Depository’s MLK Day project provides assistance to veterans and their families. which has been recommended by CNCS for 2013. The service project will include: various beautification projects at the house, house chores, and preparing lunch for the veterans and families. Greater Chicago Food Depository

Adam McGriffin

Phone: 773-843-7281

8:30am - 3:30pm

The Fisher House
5000 South 5th Ave.
Hines, IL
City Year Chicago’s MLK Day of Service On Monday, January 21, 2013, volunteers will join City Year’s 2,000 corps members at locations across the United States to participate in a day of service to commemorate the civil rights movement and honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. City Year celebrates Dr. King's birthday as a "day ON, not a day off” by honoring his legacy through service projects such as painting murals, restoring park areas, landscaping community spaces and leading educational activities for children. Here at City Year Chicago, we are proud to announce that we are partnering with Jean De Lafayette Elementary School for MLK Day 2013! Lafayette is a traditional pre-K through 8th grade CPS elementary school in the Humboldt Park community. Lafayette serves its students with two Head Start classrooms, support for students with Autism, and one of the largest elementary stringed orchestra programs in Chicago. The school building itself has been around for decades and currently houses 480 students. Lafayette is very diverse - in demographic population and in the types of support the students need. A day of community service to restore the beautiful elements of the building would provide a conducive and revitalizing environment to allow the school's diversity to flourish and develop academically. Volunteers from across the city will come together to transform and beautiful Lafayette with murals, painting, and construction projects. City Year Chicago
Teach for America
Illinois JusticeCorps
Asian Human Services

Andrea Serrano

Phone: 312-423-7170

8:30am - 3pm

Jean De Lafayette Elementary School
2714 W. Augusta Blvd
Chicago, IL
Casa Guanajuato-Shorinji Kempo Studio Members will begin the day by meeting with children at Casa de los Ninos preschool. They will run educational programming at the preschool.  Then the Members will move to Casa Guanajuato, where the Shorinji Kempo Studio is located.  At the Shorinji Kempo Studio Members and volunteers will paint and remodel. American Red Cross - Safe Families Illinois

Jeff Cornelius

Phone: 309-736-7727

9am - 4pm

Casa de los Niños
1401 16th Street
Moline, IL


Casa Guanajuato Quad Cities
525 16th Street
Moline, IL
Schuler Cleans Up Members will clean up and organize, paint, and do minor repairs to an elementary school in north Chicago. Schuler recently partnered with North Chicago High School and last year we did a similar project in a middle school. Our hope is to continue to build a strong relationship within the school district. Schuler Scholar Program

Amanda Marshall

Phone: 763-219-6507


North Chicago High School
1717 17th Street
North Chicago, IL
17th Street Corridor Neighborhood Association – MLK Conversation Café Forum 17th Street Corridor Neighborhood Association will facilitate a Conversation Café Forum, Topic: Civil Rights – Rhetoric or Reality? Belleville AmeriCorps

Gloria Crowder

Phone: 618-234-6138

10am - 12pm

Belleville, IL
Highland Park's 4th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service Partner with other members of the community by participating and completing fun, meaningful projects in honor of MLK Day. Projects will include assembling toiletries for local shelters, writing letters/ creating valentine's and tablecloths for soldiers and their children, creating squares for Project Linus, and decorating flower pots for hospital patients to name a few.

This year come experience Aaron Freeman, radio commentator, comedian and author put his comic take on Dr. King’s “Dream” (10:30), hear Edgewood Middle School Chorus sing freedom songs (10:00), and come explore your First Amendment freedoms by visiting the McCormick Foundation’s Freedom Express, a 45-foot traveling museum.

This is your chance to turn community concerns into citizen action.
Volunteer Pool of Highland Park & Westsuburban PADS

Cheryl Levi

Phone: 847-903-9523

10am - 1pm

Highland Park Recreation
1207 Park Avenue West
Highland Park, IL
Details at Higland Park MLK Day of Service
Lunch for Veterans The team will prepare and serve lunch to veterans in the area and veterans who are students on campus. The flyer and invitation was sent by listserv to campus veterans and the Boys and Girls club will send a press release to invite area veterans. The lunch is our way of saying Thank You to veterans for all they have done and continue to do by their service to the country. Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps: Southern IL University Team

Mythili Rundblad

Phone: 618-453-5714

10am - 2pm

250 N. Springer Street
Carbondale, IL
Housting Authority of McDonough County Service Project The children living at the Prairie View Townhouses will be eating lunch, having an education program, and making crafts. Western Illinois Univesity/ Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs - Peace Corps Fellows

Alyssa Wolf

Phone: 763-219-6507

11am - 2pm

Macomb, IL
Diverse Evanston Walks United (DEWU) DEWU, hosted by Y.O.U., is a community-wide celebration of peace, diversity, unity, and leadership held annually on the MLK Day holiday. This year’s theme is “Hear the Echo: My Voice, My Community, My Future” and the event will feature youth-led performances and events exploring themes of pace, anti-violence and community. The event is held at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc. (Y.O.U.)

Ebele Onyema

Phone: 847-424-7737

11am - 4pm

Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service Members will assist the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in serving those who need assistance locally, nationally, and internationally. Illinois Public Health Association

Jennifer Hopper

Phone: 217-522-5687
1pm - 4pm


8:30am - 12pm

Midwest Mission Distribution Center
1022 New City Road
Chatham, IL
Project YES! 6th Annual MLK Jr. Day Literacy Fair Why take the day off, when you can have a day ON? This MLK Jr. Day, come join AmeriCorps Project YES! for a National Day of Service! We need adult volunteers (18+) to help create and implement a dreamy literacy fair for children and families of Chicago’s West Town community. For one magical afternoon, you can help provide the children with fun and educational activities, such as arts & crafts, poetry writing, reading games, and many more! In addition, lend a hand in providing resources to promote literacy for the entire family. We have a DREAM that all children will be able to read and succeed in school. Help us make that dream a reality! Join us as we honor Dr. King’s legacy for our 6th Annual Literacy Fair. Project YES! (Youth, Education, Service)

Claire Unger, Project YES! Manager

Phone: 773-278-7471 ext. 1139
1pm - 6pm

Chicago, IL
MLK Day of Service and Reflection Catholic Volunteer Network – AmeriCorps is a National Direct EAP Grantee. Our Chicago programs plan to host a 2013 MLK Day of Service and Reflection to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as to give our alumni AmeriCorps Members an opportunity to serve again. The 2013 MLK Day of Service will be held on Monday, January 21, 2013, at 3:30pm, at Misericordia Home, which is a Catholic Volunteer Network – AmeriCorps member program. Following the service event, there will be a dinner and reflection. Catholic Volunteer Network—AmeriCorps

Liz Kuhn

Phone: 312-738-7560


Misericordia Home
6300 North Ridge Avenue
Chicago, IL
Habitat for Humanity Members will help rebuild a home on January 22 in Lansing with Habit for Humanity. South Surburban Training - Healthy and Able

Cindy Reno

Phone: 708-755-8030

9am - 3pm

Lansing, IL
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