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. Although this year will look different with all events being virtual, we want you take some time out of your week to give back to the communities that give so much to us.
2021 Volunteer Opportunities January 18 - 22
Synergy Services – Valentine’s Card
Spread some cheer! We are looking for volunteers to make cards, encouraging fliers or kind photos to our friends at Synergy Services. Instructions:
- Feel free to create your card or flier in Microsoft word, or in another software like Canva, you can even draw by hand!
- Once you completed designing your virtual design (or scanned copy of your design) and please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you send us a picture of you creating your card to email@example.com> you will be entered into a raffle to win one of four cool prizes!
- Primrose Retirement Community/ Benton House – Letters/Signs for Primrose
- John Knox Village/ Jeanne Jugan Center – Valentine's Day/ Thinking of You Letter
The small things matter most especially when it comes to our elderly. We are looking for volunteers to help create virtual Valentine’s Day or Thinking of You cards to bring some cheer to our elderly. Because of COVID-19 our elderly are encouraged to stay home and have less interactions with family and friends. Creating a virtual card is a small way to help us bridge that gift and for you to give back to your community.
- Microsoft Word Card: Launch Word, click the “File” tab and select “New.” Click the “Cards” button, then double-click the “Note cards” file folder icon.
- Scroll through the template offerings. Choose between Holiday (Valentine’s Day) or Personal (Thinking of You)
- Click the picture on the cover of the card.
- Highlight the placeholder text on the front of the card.
- Check the back of the card.
- You can also use a another program such as Canva if you choose
- Once you completed designing your card please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you send us a picture of you creating your card to email@example.com you will be entered into a raffle to win one of four cool prizes!
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.
Visit United Nations Volunteers.
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.
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.
Visit Amnesty Decoders.
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.
Visit Translators Without Borders.
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.
Visit Crisis Text Line.
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.
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.
Visit Project Gutenberg.
DoSomething empowers young people to enact social change both online or off. Volunteer online throughone 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.
“KidsTLC was founded in 1972 & located in Olathe, KS. They are an organization that provides emergency shelter for abused and neglected youth. KidsTLC has also had a huge impact in their community, by implementing programs for any areas they see needs improvement. For more information check out their website: kidstlc.org. They are looking for assistance with decorating their facility for Valentines Day. Stop by the Welcome Center (Blue River) or the Student Cervices Center (BT) to pick up your craft kit, and once you have completed your craft return them to the Welcome Center (Blue River) or the Student Cervices Center (BT) no later than Friday, February 5th. Have fun & if you take any photos of your progress, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Send us your picture!
Send us a picture of you doing service to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be entered into a raffle to win one of the following prizes.
- Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
- Bookstore Gift
- Amazon Echo Show 5
- Campus Life and Leadership Mystery Pack
***You must have your picture emailed by 4pm on January 22nd to be qualified to win.***
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