UCI Volunteer Programs

MLK Jr. Day of Service

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Program on hold for 2021-2022.  For MLK Jr. Day of Service, visit ccc.uci.edu.  

MLK Day of Service

"Make it a day on, not a day off"
Mon. Jan. 18, 2021

MLK Jr. Day of Service is annual tradition for Anteaters to continue Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy through service to the community. In years past, Anteaters have volunteered at the OC Food Bank to help prepare food for the local community. Despite not being able to meet in person this year, the 2021 virtual activities serve as an opportunity to engage in honoring Dr. King’s commitment to social justice and community nourishment. The MLK Jr. Day of Service is presented in collaboration with the UCI MLK Jr. Symposium, hosted by the Cross-Cultural Center. See website for more events & activities.

Below you will find community service opportunities and virtual events/celebrations you can participate independently. Be sure to interact with your fellow Anteaters in our Community Boards!

MLK Community Service Activities

Participate in any of these activities and be sure to share your experience in our Community Board! Some opportunities can continue beyond the Day of Service! These opportunities below are not sponsored by the Office of Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs. Please follow general safety precautions and CDC guidelines.

Opportunity Description Hosted by

National Day of Service Search Engine

Search for virtual activities or opportunities near you. Presidential Inaugural Committee

MLK Food Drive Drop-Off

Due to COVID, we will not be hosting our annual food packaging event on MLK Day. Instead, we are encouraging volunteers to participate in our Food Drive to drop off specific items needed to pack the food boxes, which will be delivered to seniors and those in need throughout the Orange County community. Sign up for a drop off time below! OC Food Bank

Boxes of Compassion Toolkit

Boxes of Compassion invites faith communities, school groups, and service organizations to distribute boxes to their members, printed with a list of the items most needed by vulnerable families. Members of each organization will be asked to donate the food items needed to fill those boxes and return the full boxes to the organization. Filled Boxes of Compassion will be delivered to the Orange County Food Bank who will distribute the food boxes to vulnerable families. OC Food Bank

VIRTUAL - Gift Card Drive - Give the gift of dignity & respect

Our clients are overcoming tremendous obstacles as they work to achieve the Power of a Paycheck.  Sometimes everyday obstacles, like finding food, shelter and transportation become barriers to their success.  You can help them succeed by providing relief in a way that gives them dignity and respect through a Gift Card Drive. Our clients also love to hear your words of inspiration. Consider including a Note of Encouragement along with your gift card. Just a few words of inspiration to encourage them to continue to work towards their goals of finding meaningful work.  Working Wardrobes

VIRTUAL NEED - Remote Helpline Volunteer

211 Orange County is a nonprofit looking for volunteers to work remotely from home to help our increased need for the volume of client calls and texts we have been receiving due to the pandemic. We are hoping to find long term volunteers. Our organization couldn’t run without the help of our volunteers! Volunteers would focus on connecting the community with food pantry resources. Must be willing to work in case of disaster, due to the current health crisis, volunteers will mainly focus on helping connect to food pantry resources and other disaster-related inquiries. 211 Orange County

Red Cross Blood Drive Volunteer - Santa Ana

Help provide professional customer service in a medical setting to make blood donors feel inspired to return. Blood drives are held throughout Orange County. Volunteer hours accumulated can be used to satisfy applicable class prerequisites, strengthen your skills, learn new skills or potentially lead to a recommendation letter resource. *Volunteers will have access to an online calendar and can schedule themselves for the shifts and locations of choice. American Red Cross

VIRTUAL NEED - Donations: Water, Non-Perishable Food, Sanitation Materials

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, the Orange County Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) has been activated to support immediate volunteer needs, including hands-on and virtual opportunities during this disaster.

WISEPlace provides programs that inspire, support, and empower women to become positive contributors to the Santa Ana community.

ON-SITE NEED - Calling all Warehouse Warriors for MLK Day of Service

Grandma's House of Hope Needs Volunteers! Are you an expert organizer? Clean warehouses and inventory efficiency is your thing? Are you able to lift heavy items? Join our volunteer team and assist Grandma's House of Hope to help organize our donation center. Grandma's House of Hope

ON-SITE NEED - Farm Hands Needed!

The Giving Farm is a farm-to-food bank program that works to promote student and community engagement in the California agricultural industry through the collaboration between, the OC Food Bank, Westminster High School Agriculture Sciences Program, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, and the OC Farm Bureau.

Every person that volunteers with The Giving Farm will be an empowering force to helping change our community.

Community Action Partnership of OC

Food Hero "Driver" - Meal Delivery to vulnerable (Central/North OC)

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, the Orange County Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) has been activated to support immediate volunteer needs, including hands-on and virtual opportunities during this disaster.   PICK UP food at a restaurant at 12pm, then deliver until about 2:30pm.  No Contact Delivery - Safer during COVID times.

Delivering with Dignity Orange County

Coat Drive for One Warm Coat-Orange County

One Warm Coat invites you to leave a note of encouragement in the pocket of each coat you donate. That note will remain inside the pocket and will be given to the recipient of your coat! There is 2 drop off locations in the area. You may drop items off at either: Eddie Bauer San Clemente - 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa Suite 158, San Clemente, CA 92672 OR Shared Breed - 243 S Broadway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277-3309, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Warm Coat

Donate Food to Children's Hospital Los Angeles Div. of Adolescent Medicine's Emergency Food Pantry

Donate needed food to stock the Emergency Food Pantry at CHILA's Division of Adolescent Medicine. Donate through this Amazon Wish List & items are shipped directly to the Division

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

MLK Virtual Events & Celebrations on Jan. 18

Event Description Hosted by
California African American Museum MLK Day Celebration beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific. California African American Museum
MLK Day - Virtual "Dinner & Dialogue" Event This virtual dinner is a culmination of hundreds of multi-cultural volunteers that will join us earlier in the day as part of a drive through, socially distanced donation drop-off at the food bank, as well as thousands of community volunteers within Orange County, in honor of Dr. Kings life of service and accomplishments. OneOC
Virtual Parade Across America A "Virtual Parade Across America" to recognize Martin Luther King Day of Service volunteerism as part of the 46th Presidential Inauguration. President-Elect Joe Biden

Minecraft March on Washington: Virtual Exploration

Tour a virtual exhibit of the historic 1963 March on Washington through the world of Minecraft to interact with Civil Rights leaders like Dr. King himself and activists who are continuing Dr. King's legacy today. LA Works
National Museum of African American History & Culture The People's Holiday program at 1 p.m. Pacific. National Museum of African American History & Culture