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  • A community service dream comes true

    With the seventh year of funding from the Florida Legislature, St. Petersburg College and the MLK Advisory Committee are looking to make the 2019 MLK Day of Service on Monday,Jan. 21, 2019 the most memorable community service event to date.

    You are invited to join hundreds of local citizens who will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving the community through a variety of service projects. Let's make MLK Day a day on, not just a day off!

    How do I get involved?

    • Plan a service project and apply for a 2019 MLK Day of Service Award of up to $5,000 to fund the project. Apply online by 3 pm on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 
    • Serve as a volunteer in another organization or group’s service project on the MLK Day of Service
    • Organize a service project and have the service project posted to this website
    • Become a donor or sponsor

    Want to learn more about the 2019 MLK Day of Service and Service Awards?

    The MLK Day of Service Advisory Board is offering information sessions to provide a brief overview of the MLK Day of Service and information on applying for a service award. Attendance at an information session is MANDATORY prior to submitting a service award application.

    The following information session will be held at St. Petersburg College's Allstate Center (3200 34th Street South, St. Petersburg)

    • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, 6:30-8 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, 6:30-8 p.m.
    • Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 6:30-8 p.m.

    The following information session will be held at St. Petersburg College's Midtown Center (1300 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg)

    • Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    The information sessions are free of charge. Register for an info session here or call 727-341-4602.

    To qualify for project funding, the service projects must take place in St. Petersburg or Gulfport.

    **Please note: Information presented at each information session is identical. Attending at least one 2019 MLK Day of Service Information Session is required for all organizations and groups applying for a 2018 MLK Day of Service Award. ** 

    Youth Ambassadors

    In the spirit of honoring Dr. King’s dedication to service, the Advisory Board and staff of the 2019 MLK Day of Service project are seeking high school students to serve as Youth Ambassadors for the Day of Service, "A Day On, Not a Day Off" on Jan. 21, 2019. Youth Ambassadors will be volunteering their time working with various community service projects during the 2019 MLK Day of Service project.

    Students serving as ambassadors will benefit especially if volunteer hours are required as a part of the high school curriculum, college application, or scholarships. In addition to the wonderful feeling of giving back to the community, Youth Ambassadors continue to perpetuate Dr. King’s legacy.

    How do I volunteer?

    Check back in December for volunteer registration information.


    Review our planning guide and sample application for more details on applying for the 2019 MLK Day of Service projects.

    For additional questions, please email MLKdayofservice@spcollege.edu or call 727-341-4601 or 727-341-4602.

    2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Projects Announced

    The MLK Day of Service Advisory Board in collaboration with St. Petersburg College awarded funds to local organizations to host service projects scheduled in connection with the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday on Jan. 15, 2018. These projects involved 56 nonprofits, organizations and public agencies selected as part of the MLK Day of Service Advisory Board’s annual effort to transform the holiday into “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

    These projects include youth education programs, delivering meals to the needy, refurbishing homes and community gardens, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, health education, promoting nonviolence, and more. The MLK day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to unite our community. The MLK Day of Service provides each of us with an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to tackle community challenges and strengthen our communities.

    See all the organizations and projects that were awarded and received funds in 2018.