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MLK Jr. Days of Service

Join us for our annual MLK Jr. Days of Service from January 30th to February 10th, 2023! 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 in either a morning or afternoon session to serve, reflect on the meaning of Dr. King’s legacy, and make meaningful connections with nonprofits in our area. Historically, this event has been held in one day, but given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 we have decided to split our service up over the course of two weeks to better serve students and the community alike. Sign Ups and more information will be made available as the dates get closer.

Staff/Faculty Registration

Student Registration

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.

We are closely monitoring the situation and following all university guidelines. We have expanded what is usually a day of service into two weeks of service in order to accommodate smaller groups.

Yes! All students will receive 2 hours of community service that can be logged at

If you sign up for a service slot and you are unable to attend the 2022 MLK Jr. Days of Service, please remove your sign-up from the SignUpGenius link 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.

If your service time is less than 72 hours away, and therefore you cannot cancel on Sign Up Genius, and you have tested positive or been exposed to COVID you need to complete the university COVID Support form found here. Once you have completed the form you need to forward the confirmation email to with your name, the date of your service, and the time of your service. You must complete the form and forward us the confirmation to be excused from the cancellation fee.

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

Wear comfortable and warm clothing and note that 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.