MLK Day of Service 2021

Dr. King challenged us to address the “fierce urgency of now.” As many individuals, families, and communities struggle with the effects of the coronavirus and additional circumstances that compound the pandemic, we must still ask and answer that important question, "What are you doing for others?"  

The MLK Day of Service is a way to honor MLK’s legacy and teachings by engaging in community activities that continually address social problems. Service breaks down barriers by mobilizing people from different experiences and brings us together – volunteering can instill unity and solidarity while building stronger communities. Last year, over 300 students participated in MSU's MLK Day of Service. Students served at sites, such as United Way, Starkville Parks & Recreation, Ms. Smith's Educational Services, Boys & Girls Club, Sally Kate Winters, Habitat for Humanity, & MORE!  

This year we are offering Days of Service on the following dates:  

Monday, January 18, 2021, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon)  

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon)

Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon)

AND service begins at the community agency of YOUR choosing, here on Cowbell Connect under the 'SERVICE' tab, OR the sign-up link at and login via myState.  

At 10 a.m., volunteers will head directly to the community agency they signed up for via the link (log in via myState). Upon arrival, volunteers are instructed to find their site leader, wearing an MLK Day of Service shirt with 'Site Leader' printed on the left sleeve. APPLY TO LEAD HERE! 

Site leaders are undergraduate and graduate student peer leaders who have chosen to serve as project directors for the various service sites. The Student Leadership and Community Engagement - Maroon Volunteer Center and several MSU student organizations will host an information table on campus at Barnes and Noble on the 2nd floor in Event Rooms 1 & 2. 

Volunteers are directed to come to this location ONLY for the following reasons:  

1. If you have questions about how to get to your site or need directions  

2. If you would like to have a snack or drink provided to you  

3. If you have concerns and/or questions  

4. To redeem an $8 meal voucher AFTER service  

Once volunteers have completed service for the day (around noon), optional meal tickets are available for pick up at Barnes and Noble on the 2nd floor in Event Rooms 1 & 2. Anyone volunteering on 01/19 or 01/20 can pick up their t-shirt and meal ticket by 5 pm on Friday 01/22 from the Maroon Volunteer Center (3rd floor, Moseley Hall).  

As an increased safety precaution for COVID-19, we will NOT conduct day-of sign-ups nor provide transportation to service sites. Participants will receive free t-shirts provided by the MVC at your service site for those volunteering on 01/18. All other volunteers must come to the MVC in Moseley Hall 3rd floor to retrieve your t-shirt for the 01/19 & 01/20 service dates. 

Participants understand that by completing an RSVP for this event, all will arrive at their designated time to secure their spot and support the physical distance guidelines in place by event organizers.  

To safeguard the health of all members of MSU and the surrounding volunteer community during this global pandemic, the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement highly recommends following all CDC guidelines, MSU recommendations, and Guidelines for Student Life Activities to engage safely in our events. To mutually protect the MSU community, community partners, and their patrons and provide a safe environment, everyone at this event is required and agrees to practice the following: self-screening, on-site temperature checks, wearing face coverings, frequent sanitization, and social distancing of at least six feet. Also, the university has published requirements for the use of face coverings while on campus. If you cannot wear a face-covering due to a medical condition, request accommodations through the Office of Disability Support Services. We ask that individuals who willingly choose to disregard these recommendations forego registering for the event.  


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