Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 


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January 20, 2014

"Life's most persistent and urgent question 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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Serve Illinois Partner Service Projects

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Project Project Description Organization & Contact Person Date, Time, & Location Number & Types of Volunteers Needed
MLK 2014 Classroom Supply Drive Members will collect and distribute classroom supplies to K-8 schools. ABC AmeriCorps of SVCC

Lisa Peck

Phone: 815-835-6313

Box locations at local libraries (Sterling, Rock Falls, Dixon) and Sauk Valley College (East Mall area).
Cards for Kids AmeriCorps Members get together to make cards to send to children in pediatric hospitals. Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps, Rend Lake College (SIUC)

Margo Wagner

Phone: 618-437-5321 ex 1351

Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale
Safe Families IL AmeriCorps MLK Day Service Project Serving the River Bend Foodbank by sorting and organization food donations and additionally delivering meals to seniors and individuals who are home bound through Project Now. River Bend Foodbank, Project Now, and American Red Cross (Safe Families AmeriCorps)

Martin Makowski

Phone: 312-296-1608
1/20 - 21/2014

Varius Times

Moline and Silvis, IL
Breakfast at Lincoln Park Community Shelter LPCS AmeriCorps members will be preparing and serving breakfast for 30 guests. Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Chamala Travis

Phone: 312-857-1582


Lincoln Park Community Shelter
600 W. Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL.
Martin Luther King Service Day On January 20, 2014, 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. The Following are the homeless shelters MORE members will visit:
  • Cornerstone, 4628 North Clifton Avenue
  • St. Francis, 7811 S. Ellis
  • River of Life, 1663 N. Mozart
  • Hope Village, 7852 S. Essex
  • 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.
AmeriCorps Project MORE

Jennifer Jones

Phone: 312-355-4227


Varius Locations
Chicago, IL

15 years of age and older
City Year Chicago's MLK Day of Service Over 700 volunteer will join City Year Chicago to beautify and transform two Chicago Public Schools in the Rogers Park Community - Sullivan High School and Kilmer Elementary. City Year Chicago, Asian Human Services, Public Allies

Andrea Serrano

Phone: 312-423-7170


Sullivan High School and Kilmer Elementary
Chicago, IL
MLK Day 2014 IPHA AmeriCorps members will be volunteering at the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois. Members will perform a variety of tasks based on MMDC’s needs on that day. Tasks may include assembling disaster relief buckets, school kits, layette kits, personal hygiene kits, or school desks that are distributed as needed to local, State, National, and overseas communities that are in need. Illinois Public Health Association AmeriCorps

Jennifer Hopper

Phone: 217-522-5687


Midwest Mission Distribution Center, Chatham, IL

Preparing and serving noon meal; cleaning; construction, building walls.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Residents in the northern suburbs and northeast metropolitan Chicago are invited to participate in a vibrant morning of service activities for all ages and abilities, sponsored by The Volunteer Center and The Kindness Connection. They have planned a morning full of collaborative and meaningful projects that will serve ten nonprofits to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King.

An array of projects that will benefit people with critical needs include no-sew blankets, pet toys, decorating individual squares to be made into quilts for hospitalized children, designing jewelry for women and girls living in transition, hand made stationery for seniors, Valentines’ Day cards for Vets, flashcards for young Head Start students, and origami for hospital patients.

There is no fee or reservations required to attend this event. However, those interested in making no-sew projects are asked to bring 4 yards of fleece fabric and their own fabric scissors with them. Materials are provided for all other projects. We are also accepting donations of laundry detergent to benefit the New Trier Township Food Pantry, as non-food items are not covered by the LINK card/food stamps.
The Volunteer Center and The Kindness Connection

Barb Tubekis


Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL
Open to everyone
Fisher House Day of Service Veteran and Veteran Families: GCFD AmeriCorps members will be assisting the Fisher House and making lunch for the veteran family members staying at the house. Greater Chicago Food Depository

Adam McGriffin

Phone: 773-843-7281


Fisher House
Hines V.A. Medical Center
Hines, IL.
FNCA MLK Day 2014 Join 4th-6th graders from Franklin Elementary School as they learn about character education through various activities coordinated by volunteers from Belleville AmeriCorps and our local YMCA. Students and volunteers will also be going to St. Paul's Senior Community to visit with residents and make crafts. Belleville AmeriCorps and FNCA

Amanda Guinn

Phone: 618-235-2700 ext. 5709


Franklin Elementary School
301 North Second Street
Belleville, IL
Painting LVI-VOCAL AmeriCorps Training Room AmeriCorps members will be painting the training room at LVI. Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Chamala Travis

Phone: 312-857-1582


30 E. Adams
Chicago, IL.
Parkland College Martin Luther King, Jr. Day volunteers will help at Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Orpheum Children's Science Museum, and Salt and Light Ministries. Duties will vary by location but include helping to prepare and serve noon meal, cleaning, event set-up, and painting. Parkland College

Mike Moran

Phone: 217-353-3302


Various Locations
Champaign, IL
Open to everyone
PCC AmeriCorps MLK Day Service Project In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day volunteers will be engaged in a variety activities centered on self care - learning about the USDA My Plate Model, sleep habits, phyisical activity and make stress balls to take home or to donate. Program participants/volunteers will hear from State Representative LaShawn K. Ford regarding the significance of MLK Day and the importance of being of service to our communities. PCC AmeriCorps

Lucy Flores

Phone: 708-524-7685


Percy Julian Middle School
416 Ridgeland Avenue
Oak Park, IL
Children's Literacy Drive We are collecting children’s books, construction paper, glue sticks, stickers, washable markers, puzzles, Play-Doh and blocks of all kinds to help the WIU-QC/WQPT AmeriCorps program enhance and improve literacy skills for local young children. WIU-QC/WQPT Early Childhood Literacy Project

Scott Brouette

Phone: 309-764-2400 ext. 62305


Western Illinois University-Quad Cities
Moline, IL
Cook County Forest Preserve at the Dan Ryan Woods at 87th and Western Allies will help with different activities. One is a restoration activity, Carbon foot print/Hike activities, Buckthorn removal and a photography and feedback station. The Allies would serve as an assistant to each station. This will be an outdoors event and there will be hot chocolate. Public Allies

Justin Kriedler

Phone: 312-229-1298


Chicago, IL
Herrin House of Hope N/A Lutheran Social Services of Illinois - Prisoner Family Ministries

Darla Davis

Phone: 618-997-9076


Herrin, IL

Preparing and serving noon meal; cleaning; construction, building walls.
Martin Luther King Day of Service
  • Purposeful Service projects
  • Jesse White Tumblers 11:30am
  • Jesse White to speak about Martin Luther King 12:00
  • Martin Luther King Portrayal by Lynn Epps 10:15
  • Edgewood Chorus 10:30
  • Highland Park High School Jazz Band 10:00
  • Mc Cormick Foundation Freedom Express Museum Bus
Come and bring food donation for the Moraine Township Food Pantry.
Volunteer Pool of Highland Park

Cheryl Levi

Phone: 847-903-9523


Highland Recreation Center
1207 Park Ave
Highland Park, IL
United We Serve Following the saying “Am I My Brothers Keeper?” The Springfield Urban League, Inc. will partner with local agencies to provide safety & health related information to the community. Springfield Urban League, Inc.

Candace Silas

Phone: 217-544-0873 ext. 1801


Brandon Outreach Center
Springfield, IL
Lebanon Kid’s MLK Day 2014 Join the youth of Lebanon, IL by baking and delivering cookies for two important groups in their community. The elderly at a local retirement home and local social service workers (police, firefighters, city hall, etc.). Afterwards, take part in an inter-generational dialogue between the elderly, AmeriCorps members, and Lebanon students regarding the importance of service and Martin Luther King Jr. Belleville AmeriCorps and Lebanon Kid’s Inc.

Abdul Ursani

Phone: 618-235-2700 ext. 5711


First United Methodist Church
603 W Saint Louis Street
Lebanon, IL
DEWU (Diverse Evanston Walks United) DEWU is a free community-wide celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership and service held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event features guest speakers, performances by youth, lunch and interactive anti-violence workshops. Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella)

Jesse Chatz, DEWU project coordinator

Phone: 847-866-1201 ext. 330


Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
Lunch at Ronald McDonald House Charities AmeriCorps members will be preparing and serving lunch for 100 guests. Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Chamala Travis

Phone: 312-857-1582


Ronald McDonald House
211 E. Grand
Chicago, IL
12th Annual Martin Luther King, JR. Day of Service Project Project Pizza party, crafts, games, skating party, and an MLKJ educational session for students, 2nd grade-6th grade WIU Peace Corps Fellows

Belinda Carr

Phone: 309-298-2200


Prairieview Community Center
Macomb, IL
Literacy Fair The Literacy Fair will include storytelling and hands-on literacy activities and games. Volunteers will help with storytelling, puppet-making, journal and bookmark creation, book distribution, one-on-one reading, and more. Project YES and Public Allies

Justin Kriedler

Phone: 312-229-1298


Chicago, IL
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