MLK Day of Service to take place Jan. 21


Maria Zaynor, a senior managerial marketing major, Lizzi Petrey, a sophomore sign language interpreting major, Rebecca Dillon, a senior exercise science major and Marisa Stephens, a senior managerial marketing major, prepare bread for croutons on Jan. 15, 2018. 

Kimberly Fisher

University College and Hillel Jewish Center are hosting Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Jan. 21.  

The 10th annual day of service will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.


Bingo with senior citizens

  • Kentway Senior Living

Bowling with people with (dis)abilities

  • Eastway Center Bowling Alley 

Constructing a children’s play space

  • Upper Room Ministries

Construction with Hattie Larlham for people with (dis)abilities

  • A community house

Cooking with Campus Kitchen

  • Campus Kitchen in Beall Hall

Creating for days for girls

  • Hillel

Creating literacy kits

  • United Way of Portage County

Creating reusable t-shirt tote bags

  • Women’s Center

Knitting for those in need

  • 4th floor of the library

Serving breakfast

  • Skeels-Mathews Community Center

The day will start at Oscar Ritchie Hall with a performance by the Kent African Dance Ensemble and opening words from Eboni Pringle, the dean of the University College.

Lunch will be provided to volunteers at one of the three workshops available after the day of service.

Each workshop will be hosted by different organizations with discussion topics to promote reflection, said Amanda Woodyard, director of Community Engaged Learning. 

“What MLK stood for was breaking down barriers, breaking down walls, not focusing on our differences but coming together to work through challenges and turning simple dialogues into simple solutions for the community,” Woodyard said.

Volunteers can sign up at, registration closes when spaces run out or before the shifts end.

Kimberly Fisher is a general assignment reporter. Contact her at [email protected]