MLK Day Daycare Facelift

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

—Martin Luther King, Jr., “Conquering Self-Centeredness”, 1957

Each January, we plan events that celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 2014, we took a new approach to celebrating MLK day, hosting four events focusing on service and discussion of Dr. King’s philosophy.

We designed the events to focus on a different piece of his expansive philosophy, including fighting poverty, nonviolent social change, and fighting discrimination. Then, each tenet of his philosophy was tied to the realities of life in our society today. Read more.

2016 MLK Celebration Events

In January, we will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through several service events during the week of 1/18! Join us for one of three events on MLK Day, or another event later in the week.

Assembling_literacy_caddies_MLKChildren’s Nest Preschool & Daycare

Monday, 1/18, 9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Revamp the library with a book hospital. We’ll organize, clean, & repair books in preparation for the semester. Trip is capped at five volunteers.

New River Community Action

Monday, 1/18, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Serve a full day with New River Community Action (NRCA) helping to paint, sand, scrape, clean, and beautify their site.

NRCA has been in the New River Valley of VA since 1965, with a goal of reducing poverty, revitalizing low-income communities, and empowering individuals and families to become self-sufficient. Trip is capped at six volunteers.

YMCA Thrift Store

Monday, 1/18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Organize donations & assist with store maintenance. The Thrift Store offers “low-income families household goods at affordable prices” & proceeds help fund Y programs. Trip is capped at 20 volunteers. Lunch will be provided!

 All events on Monday, 1/18 are full. Thank you to all who registered!

Questions about any of our events on Monday? Contact AmeriCorps Member Jonathan Dworin at jdworin(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

MLK_Book_DriveMayapple School

Tuesday, January 19, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Come and serve with the Mayapple School, a non-profit preschool in Giles County, VA. Tasks will include outdoor work on the playground, weather permitting, and indoor work on the classroom.

This trip is capped at 10 participants, and is first come, first serve.

Transportation will be provided from Virginia Tech campus to the service site, and details will be sent upon registration.

Questions? Contact Lucy Adams, lucya(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) or 540-231-7042.


Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Serve with the Blacksburg/Christiansburg Headstart, making their site a great place for kids to learn!

Tasks will include site beautification, painting, cleaning, and yardwork. This trip is capped at 10 participants, and is first come, first serve.

Transportation will be provided from Virginia Tech Campus to the service site, and details will be sent when you register.

Questions? Contact Lucy Adams, lucya(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) or 540-231-7042.

Past Celebrations

Martin Luther King Daycare Facelift

This event paired students with organizations serving children in the New River Valley to spruce up daycare centers. By leading a team in helping to revitalize the community or joining a team, our students worked to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service four years in a row.

Student leaders planned these service project with local childcare centers. They were responsible for meeting with their service site to develop a plan for their project according to the service site’s needs.

With a budget of $100 for project materials (i.e. paint, brushes, construction materials, cleaning supplies, etc.), teams and individuals completed some great projects. Check out their work below!