Join MCC's Annual MLK Day of Service
Each year more than 500 students, faculty, staff and community members make it a Day On instead of a Day Off by celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of humanity and service. This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of a vital MCC tradition as well as a national event celebrating community service. We want you take some time out of your week to give back to the communities that give so much to us.
2022 Volunteer Opportunities January 17 - 21
MCC-Blue River Campus Life & Leadership
MCC-Blue River will be hosting an event in the Campus Center Café on MLK Day from 9-11 A.M. with donuts, fruit, and drinks. We will be hosting the following activities and then that week student leaders will deliver our items to locations in need.
- Making dog and cat toys for Independence Animal Services – also donation drive leading up to it
- Making hygiene bags for homeless shelters and Mother's Refuge
- Card making for local nursing homes
- Campus clean-up or help with any other projects
MCC-Longview Campus Life & Leadership
Cards of Kindness (Tuesday, January 18): John Knox Village
It's the small things that matter most, especially when it comes to our elderly. Join Campus Life & Leadership as we are looking for volunteers to help create Valentine's Day or Thinking of You cards to bring some cheer. Creating a kind card is a small way to help us bridge that gift and for you to give back to your community.
- On Your Own: Feel free to create your card in Microsoft word or Canva, and bring to Campus Life & Leadership (Campus Center 130)
- In-Person: Come by Campus Life & Leadership (Campus Center 130) to make a card – we will have all the supplies you need!
Happy Kit Creation (Wednesday, January 19): Children's Mercy
Join Campus Life & Leadership to create Happy Kits for the children and families at Children's Mercy hospitals. Help brighten a child's day by creating a kit including stickers, crayons, books, coloring books, etc. which will be distributed in the hospitals. Campus Life & Leadership will provide all the supplies you need in Campus Center 130.
Sack Lunch Packing for reStart(Thursday, January 20):
reStart helps people and families prevent, navigate and end homelessness. Join Campus Life & Leadership to create sack lunches for their clients to take to work. Campus Life & Leadership will provide all the supplies you need in Campus Center 130.
Your choice Service (Friday, January 21) Multiple agencies
Stop by Campus Life and Leadership to learn about virtual service opportunities you can complete, such as the Crisis Text Line, Smithsonian Digital Volunteers, or DoSomething.org. You can also work on one of the projects from earlier in the week.
MCC-Maple Woods Campus Life & Leadership
Cards of Kindness: Primrose Retirement Community/Benton House – Letters/Signs for Primrose
It's the small things that matter most, especially when it comes to our elderly. Join Campus Life & Leadership as we are looking for volunteers to help create Valentine's Day or Thinking of You cards to bring some cheer. Creating a kind card is a small way to help us bridge that gift and for you to give back to your community!
- On Your Own: Feel free to create your card in Microsoft Word or Canva, and bring to Campus Life & Leadership (Student Center 130)
- In-Person: Come by Campus Life & Leadership (Student Center 130) to make a card – we will have all the supplies you need from Tuesday 1/18 – Friday 1/21.
Donation Drive for Vet Tech Program: Maple Woods Veterinary Technology Program
Join Campus Life & Leadership in a donation drive for the sweet animals in our veterinary technology program. We will be collecting toys and treats for dogs or cats. Bring all donation items to Campus Life & Leadership (Student Center 130) Tuesday 1/18 – Friday 1/21. The program also has a pet adoption program each semester.
Synergy Services – (MCC Softball)
The MCC Softball team has a partnership with Synergy Services in the northland. They will be going out on Monday 1/17 for service at synergy locations. If you are interested in joining, please contact email@example.com to RSVP.
MCC-Penn Valley Campus Life and Leadership
Please view our virtual options and email via the email above with a picture of your virtual service (ie. selfie, a screenshot of service, etc.) and be entered to win a prize! Picture due by January 28th at noon. Winners will be e-mailed.
National Service (Volunteer from home!):
- United Nations Volunteers - If you're looking to take your online volunteering worldwide, this is the place to start. UNV connects you with organizations working for peace and development in need of skills like research, writing, art, and design. There are already over 12,000 volunteers from 187 countries lending their talents to organizations around the globe.
- Catchafire - This volunteer search tool is exclusively for online volunteer projects. Each one has a timeline that can range anywhere from an hour to a few weeks. So whether you have an afternoon or several, you can help not-for-profit with tasks like writing thank you letters or editing photos.
- Smithsonian Digital Volunteers - The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex, but even they could use a little help sometimes. Help make their collections more accessible by volunteering online to transcribe historical documents or edit Wikipedia articles related to their artifacts and research.
- Amnesty Decoders - Operated by Amnesty International, this network of digital volunteers helps conduct research into global human rights violations. Volunteers have used their phones and computers to verify the location of oil spills, find evidence of drone strikes, and flag abusive tweets to women politicians in India.
- Translators Without Borders - For those fluent in more than one language, check out this nonprofit that combines language skills with humanitarian aid. Volunteers provide translations (10 million words a year!) to international organizations that focus on crisis relief, health and education.
- Crisis Text Line - Here's a perfect example of technology being used for good. Become a volunteer to help the Crisis Text Line continue to offer free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. If you're at least 18 and can commit to volunteering four hours each week, you can apply to be trained for free.
- Zooniverse - Zooniverse is a platform for people-powered research that literally wouldn't be possible (or practical) without the help of online volunteers. Spend as much or as little time as you'd like identifying endangered animals, classifying galaxy systems, or transcribing Shakespearean manuscripts.
- Project Gutenberg - Founded in 1971, this may just be the virtual volunteering effort that started it all. The goal is to create the largest digital library, and so far they've amassed 59,000 free eBooks. Volunteer by donating eligible materials, transcribing books into a digital form, or proofreading others' work.
- DoSomething.org - DoSomething empowers young people to enact social change both online or off. Volunteer online through one of our campaigns to help solve real-world problems. DoSomething members have used the internet to successfully urge Apple to diversify their emojis, change the dictionary definition of "Black/black", and create the largest crowdsourced anti-bullying guide.
For more information visit the National MLK Day of Service website.
Photos and highlights from previous years
Service is a great way to get together and have fun while meeting new people! - MCC Student
It is a great way to honor all of the hard work that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did so what better way to honor him than giving back to the community by helping out! - MCC Student
If everyone does a little, than we can achieve big things. Someone once said that service is the way we pay rent for living on this planet. I am way behind on "paying rent" so I have a lot of things I need to do and I am glad to be a part of MCC's MLK Day of Service. - MCC Faculty