About MLK Day of Service

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On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed into law HR3706, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday bill written and introduced by Representative Katie Hall. Beginning in 1986, Martin Luther King Day — the first federal holiday honoring an African American — was observed on the third Monday in January. The National Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service was created in 1994 through federal legislation co-authored by former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wolford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, both veterans of the Civil Rights Movement with Dr. King – and signed by President Bill Clinton. Wolford and others led some 3,000 volunteers in 150 service projects, along with corporate sponsors, community leaders, and students throughout the region all to honor Dr. King’s legacy and uplift the community as he would have, with “A Day On” of service, not a “Day Off.”

Since that time the project has expanded across the country and has grown tremendously. In the Pennsylvania region in 2011, a record 75,000 people of all ages and backgrounds volunteered in some 1,200 service projects; the Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service remains the largest event of its kind in the nation with a record 1,800 service projects throughout the region. Through funding secured by State Senator Darryl Rouson from the Florida Legislature, St. Petersburg College, serving as the fiscal tracking agent in collaboration with a Community Advisory Board made up of citizens of the City of St. Petersburg, initiated the first Annual MLK Day of Service in St. Petersburg, Florida which served as the pilot for the State of Florida. The primary focus of the Day of Service is to perpetuate the goal of promoting the MLK Day of Service, “A Day On, Not a Day Off." To that end, community organizations were encouraged to develop and complete community service projects that would positively impact the community and honor Dr. King’s legacy of social uplift, racial equality, and non-violent activism.

As a result of the success of the 2013 implementation of the MLK Day of Service in St. Petersburg, the Florida State Legislature provided additional funding to expand the MLK Day of Service from St. Petersburg to include Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota, and Broward Counties to be administered by Hillsborough Community College, State College of Florida, and Broward College respectively.

Through funding from the Florida Legislature, Broward College, in cooperation with the MLK Day of Service Advisory Board made up of citizens from Broward County, seeks to perpetuate the same goals for the upcoming year by promoting the MLK Day of Service. This project offers awards to organizations and groups to develop and complete a service project that will positively impact the community while honoring Dr. King’s legacies of non-violent activism, racial equality, service to others and social uplift.

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The awards are intended to encourage service projects that address education, healthy futures, clean energy/environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, basic needs, disaster preparedness, veterans and military families’ issues, public safety, neighborhood projects, or a proposal that you feel will positively impact our community.

We seek to award funds up to $5,000 to support projects honoring the MLK Day of Service. The awards are intended to encourage service projects that address education, healthy future, clean energy/environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, basic needs, disaster preparedness, supporting military & veterans, public safety, neighborhood projects, or a proposal that you feel will positively impact our community.

Please note: These funds are available solely to engage people in volunteer projects. Salaries, wages, operating costs, and some capital improvements, etc. will not be funded. More information on the disallowed costs can be found by reviewing the Application Planning Guide.

Also, projects should demonstrate collaboration with others in the community. Some examples of ways groups may collaborate with others is to partner with organizations such as colleges, volunteer centers, youth service organizations, sororities, fraternities, military family support programs, city departments, service organizations, athletic organizations, elementary and middle schools, high schools, parent-teacher associations, professional organizations, etc.

Application Open: September 16, 2019 – October 11, 2019

Application Due: October 11, 2019, at 12 p.m. SHARP *Late applications will not be accepted or reviewed.

Service Grants Announced: November 11, 2019

Before proceeding with the application process:

2019-2020 MLK Day of Service Timeline - Timeline for 2021 will be released in the fall

16th – Application Opens
17th – Broward College Info Session #1 -111 E. Las Olas Blvd., 12th floor, Rm. 1208, 1-2 p.m. RSVP
19th – Broward College Info Session #2 - 111 E. Las Olas Blvd., 12th floor, Rm. 1208 3-4 p.m. RSVP

11th - MLK DAY OF SERVICE APPLICATIONS DUE at 12 p.m. Late entries not accepted.

11th - Broward College Announces Winners.
20th - MANDATORY PROJECT ORIENTATION WORKSHOP - 111 E. Las Olas Blvd., 12th floor, Rm. 1208 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Groups to receive 1st wave of payment.

11th - Interim Report Due at 12 p.m.
13th - Last day to register for MLK project and receive a t-shirt (if applicable for the year).
19th - 2nd wave of funding will be mailed to groups.

7th - Broward College MLK Shirts Distributed - 111 E. Las Olas Blvd., 4th floor, Rm. 411 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (if applicable for the year) / Last day to register to volunteer for an MLK project
11th – MLK Day of Service Projects may begin
20th – MLK DAY SERVICE - All projects must occur and conclude.
31st – Final Reports Due at 12 p.m.

28th– MANDATORY AWARDS LUNCHEON 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. 111 E. Las Olas Blvd., 12th floor, Rm. 1208 - Groups to receive 3rd/final wave of payment.

The following information is a resource for all MLK Award Recipients to guide them through the reporting process.

MLK Award Recipients

MLK Day of Service Application Form

The 2020 MLK Day of Service grant application process is open from September 16th - October 11th of 2019. Please review the Criteria section before applying. To apply, click on the link below to start the service grant application form

You will receive a confirmation receipt via email upon submitting your application. Please do not close your web browser until you receive your confirmation email. Confirmation emails will be sent to the contact email listed in the application.

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MLK Day is a chance to start the year off right by making an impact in your community. Join the hundreds of thousands of people who serve on MLK Day. Find a volunteer opportunity in Broward and join us as we take the “Day On” to​ impact our community.

For 2020, Broward College awarded 29 community groups with the Broward College MLK Day of Service Award to help nonprofits and community organizations create impactful service projects in the community.

To learn more about a specific project, please check out our Volunteer Guide to find a Broward College MLK Day of Service volunteer opportunity and join us as we take the "Day On" to impact our community.

Register to Volunteer

  1. Register Online using our Eventbrite website
  2. Please click the green "Register" on the right
  3. Select the number of volunteers you want to register
  4. Fill out the form for each individual you are registering

Please reference the Volunteer Guide for specifics (date/time/location) on your project.

December 13, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. - Last day to register and receive the official Broward College MLK T-Shirt (Limited to first 250 people). Shirts will be provided to the group you are volunteering for. You will pick up your shirt once you arrive at your designated volunteer project.

January 7, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. - Last day to register for a volunteer project. If you miss the deadline, you may contact the community organization directly. Please refer to the Volunteer Guide to a group's contact information.

If you need to edit/update or cancel any information on your registration, you may log into your Eventbrite account and follow their instructions.


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Contact Us

For more information about this initiative, please contact:

Melissa Gapud | Programs & Data Analyst, Strategic Philanthropy/MLK Day of Service Project Manager | E: Melissa@strategicphilanthropyinc.com

Kelly Alvarez Vitale | President, Strategic Philanthropy | P: 561-985-2418 | E: Kelly@strategicphilanthropyinc.com

Ellice Martinez | AVP, Community Partnerships & Institutional Events | P: 954-201-7048 | E: emartine@broward.edu