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MLK Jr. Days of Service

Join us for our annual MLK Jr. Days of Service from January 29th to February 9th, 2024! This series embodies the importance of living out the legacy of Dr. King by volunteering and supporting our community. Volunteers will depart to various service sites in the Greater Knoxville area to serve, reflect on the meaning of Dr. King’s legacy and make meaningful connections with nonprofits in our area.

Frequently Asked Questions

We will be departing from the Smokey Statue on the Student Union Plaza. Please try to arrive at least 5 minutes before the start time.

Don’t worry about not having transportation, we’ve got it covered! All students will be transported to their service site by van or bus. Faculty and staff are asked to provide their own transportation.

Unfortunately, due to liability concerns we are unable to allow students to drive themselves to a service site. Students who sign up and do not show up will be charged a $20 fee. Our community partners have generously agreed to host us, and we want to be sure to give accurate volunteer numbers. For more information, please view our cancellation/no-show hold policy.

Yes! All students who register for and attend an MLK Jr. Day of Service event will receive service hours in ServeUTK. Service hours are automatically tracked through your registration in ServeUTK by the Jones Center, so you will not need to add your own service hours for these events.

All registered volunteers will have impacts added and verified for you after checking in with the JCLS staff on the day of the event. You should not create a new impact with MLK Jr. Days of Service. All impacts that are created by students will be duplicates and will be disputed. If for some reason you don’t see an impact created for you for this event, reach out to for assistance.

If you sign up for a service slot and you are unable to attend the 2024 MLK Jr. Days of Service, please cancel your registration in ServeUTK at least 72 hours (three days) prior to your service day. Cancellations made after this date will not be accepted and students will be charged a $20 program fee. Our community partners have generously agreed to host us, and we want to be sure to give them an accurate number of volunteers. For more information, please our cancellation/no-show hold policy.

No. Unfortunately, we are only able to accommodate those with a UT NetID at this time.

Wear comfortable and warm clothing. Closed-toed shoes and long pants are mandatory as most service sites will be outside. Please check the weather before you arrive and dress accordingly.

In effort to practice sustainability, bring a reusable water bottle to use at your service location. Some service sites may also require masks. Please bring one with you if possible.