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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - Jan 16, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - Jan 16, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

What Is EKU’s MLK Day of Service Project?

Each year, EKU Service Program chooses one project each year to spend a day making a lasting impact in our service region.  This year we are partnering with the American Red Cross to assist with their home fire campaign.  The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to reduce death and injury by installing free smoke alarms for those who need them.

On average:

  • 7 people die every day from a home fire

  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day

  • Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year

Volunteers are needed for this lifesaving community outreach effort. Working in teams, volunteers canvass neighborhoods, install smoke alarms, review a fire safety and home hazard checklist and provide information about creating a fire escape plan with residents. Training is provided.

Red Cross smoke-alarm installation volunteers help their neighbors reduce the risk and effects of home fires, saving both lives and property. Smoke-alarm installation is a great opportunity for you to help the Red Cross to make an impact on reducing home-fire deaths and injuries.

Lunch will be provided.  

To Recieve Transportation from EKU Richmond or Manchester Campus - sign up HERE

If you are from the area and plan to transport yourself - sign up HERE 

If you have any questions, contact Will Keaton, Assistant Director of Student Life for Community Service, at or 622-3855.

What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service?

After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The 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."

Why Serve on MLK Day of Service?

Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live—creating the Beloved Community. The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions.

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Contact Information

William Keaton

Published on January 10, 2017

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