MLK Day of Service 2020

Join the Iowa City community for an indoor Day of Service in Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2020! Register to participate on the United Way Volunteer Center website at

Our 2020 theme is based on the quote, "Let us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls. Rather than borders, let us look at distant horizons together in a spirit of acceptance, helpfulness, co-operation, peace, kindness and especially love." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Iowa City's Day of Service will start with a Unity Rally and March at 9:00 AM (starting from UAY at Eastdale Plaza and walking to Mercer Park Gym) and include service projects from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at various locations. After serving, volunteers will enjoy a celebratory program at the Mercer Park Gym, including entertainment performances, a keynote speaker, and free lunch! The event will conclude by 2:00 PM. Parking is available on site. Individuals of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend!

By participating in this event, you will be able to:
• describe your role as an active member of the Iowa City community
• describe the importance of community engagement
• identify opportunities for future engagement within our community

This event is part of the Iowa City community's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week, which is a collaborative effort between the City of Iowa City, the University of Iowa, and numerous nonprofit agencies. For more information about the week, visit

"MLK Day of Service is a federal holiday dedicated to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of his legacy and passion for service. Legislation signed in 1983 marked the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, MLK Day of Service is observed as a 'day on, not a day off.' MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a 'Beloved Community.'" (

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Office of Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement in advance at 319-335-3059.

Date of publication

Friday, January 10, 2020