Office of Service-Learning
Volunteer for the MLK Jr. Day of Service Challenge
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Challenge
Monday, January 20, 2014 | 8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m
Lenhart Grand Ballroom & Community Partner Sites in Northwest Ohio
The MLK, Jr. Day of Service Challenge is an annual community service event that is open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni at BGSU. It is a collaborative effort between the Civic Action Now student organization and the Office of Service‐Learning. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., volunteers serve on the MLK, Jr. Day holiday to make it “a day on, not a day off.”
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni can register for MLK Day of Service by clicking on the following:
Please contact the Office of Service-Learning by phone (419-372-9865) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your questions.
1. What is a service challenge?
Volunteers work as a team to accomplish a community service “challenge” at a local non-profit agency in Northwest Ohio. The team challenges remain a mystery until the day of the event. Each team is required to utilize their unique talents and skills to complete the challenge. This is a great way to apply your problem-solving skills, meet new people, and contribute to the Bowling Green and Northwest Ohio communities.
2. Can you give me an example of a service challenge?
You might be collecting books to give to a library in need, building storage space for the Bowling Green History Museum, or painting a room in a nursery.
3. Where might I volunteer?
Our community partners include local businesses and organizations in the Northwest Ohio community. Past partners have included the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Habitat for Humanity of Wood County, Metroparks of Greater Toledo, Food for Thought, and Downtown Bowling Green. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a complete list of last year’s community partners.
4. Who can volunteer?
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are encouraged to participate. You may volunteer as an individual and be assigned to a team OR you may sign up and complete a service challenge as a team.
5. When is the event?
The event takes place on the third Monday of January, which is MLK, Jr. Day. This year’s event will take place on Monday, January 20, 2014, from 8:30a.m. until 4:00p.m. Remember, there are no classes on MLK, Jr. Day!
6. What’s the schedule for the day?
8:30a.m. – 9:00a.m.: Registration / check-in
9:00a.m. – 9:45a.m.: Opening ceremony
10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.: Service challenge
3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.: Closing ceremony
7. How many people participated last year?
Last year, 676 volunteers participated in the MLK, Jr. Day of Service Challenge.
8. Do we get anything for volunteering?
You will receive food/snacks, a free t-shirt, and service hours for volunteering for the event. You will also have a unique experience based on your service challenge.
9. Can I volunteer as part of a group or team?
Yes! We encourage you to sign up as a group with your friends, student organization, classmates, and colleagues. You can even complete a group registration (with a maximum of ten volunteers).
10. Can I count this as service hours for my organization?
11. Will food be provided?
You will receive a light breakfast, lunch, and a snack upon your return to campus.
12. What do I need to bring with me?
We encourage you to wear layers, closed toed shoes, and proper winter apparel (hats, gloves, scarves, and warm coats). You may want to bring a personal bag or backpack, a water bottle, donations, medications, and additional snacks.
Any more questions?
Contact Katherine Bowser in the Office of Service-Learning at:
email@example.com or 419.372.9865
Pictures and Publicity
Below are some pictures and publicity that our event in 2013 generated:
- Local News WTOL Channel 11
- BGSU sponsored video of 2013 MLK Jr. Day of Service
- Twitter - @MLKCHALLENGE, @MLKDAY with #MLKBGSU and #MLKDAY
Outcomes: 2013 MLK, Jr. Day of Service Challenge
48 community partners
4600 hours of collective service
If you would like to learn more about the detailed outcomes of the 2013 MLK, Jr. Day of Service Challenge, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Luther Meadows
- Office of Campus Activities
- Office of Multicultural Affairs
- Office of the Dean of Students
- School of Cultural and Critical Studies
- Student Budget Committee
- The Language Company
- United Way
- WBGU/Tucker Center for Telecommunications
- Women's Center
- Wood County Hospital
- All About the Kids
- BGSU Bookstore
- BGSU Dining
- Chapman Learning Community
- Classified Staff Council
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Business
- Corporation for National & Community Service
- Department of Geology
- Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs
- Division of Student Affairs
- Environmental Programs
- NAOMI Transitional Housing
- Nightingale’s Harvest
- Office of Sustainability
- Open Door Ministries
- Path to Life
- Perrysburg Heights
- Project H.O.P.E.
- Red Cross
- Red Cross Wood County
- Ronald McDonald House
- SAAFE Center
- Silent Witness Project
- The Giving Store
- The Link
- Toledo Animal Shelter
- Toledo Area Ministries
- Toledo Ballet
- Toledo PET Bull Project
- Wood County Park District
- WSOS Jordan Family Development Center
2013 Community Service Sites
- All about the Kids
- Arts Commission of Greater Toledo
- Beach House Family Shelter
- Believe Center
- Bowling Green Manor
- Cancer Patient Services
- Children’s Resource Center
- Collingwood Arts Center
- Common Good
- Community Association
- Feed Lucas County Children
- Foundation Stone Church
- Frederick Douglas
- Garden Sanctuary
- Habitat for Humanity of Wood County
- Heartbeat of Toledo
- La Posada
- Luther Crest
- Luther Grove
- Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity
- Metroparks of Greater Toledo
- Mobile Meals Toledo