MLK Day of Service

tiles of photos and artwork of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is Stockton University’s signature Annual Day of Service.

It brings together over 900 students, community members, and community partners, and often encompasses over 25 projects both on- and off-campus, with several virtual projects available. The goal of Days of Service are to provide an intensive, community-wide experience for students and to introduce them to partners where they can serve long-term and develop an ongoing relationship.

COVID-19 Guideline Update for the Day of Service 2022:

Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in our community, all in person, on campus and select off campus projects will be restricted to students and staff only. Masks are required at all times.

Community members, partners, and alumni are welcome and encouraged to participate in one of our remote project opportunities for the day of service. 

Stockton University's 18th Annual
MLK Day of Service

Monday January 17th, 2022
9:00 a.m.

Please join us at our Galloway, Atlantic City and Hammonton campuses for students and our virtual projects for community members!

 

Circle K International

A series of mini projects creating various crafts, cards, and resources for local organizations. The majority of these projects get donated to local organizations in the surrounding community, mainly Atlantic City, and then throughout the state of New Jersey.

C.L.A.W.S. (Collaborative Leaders Advocating Wellness at Stockton)

Volunteers will create necessity Kits that are donated to shelters to aid in lack of supplies. Kits would include basic hygiene supplies, feminine products, nonperishable foods, underclothing (socks, gloves, underwear), reusable water bottles, soap, comb, lotion etc. All in reusable, foldable totes.  

Stockton Honors Program

The honors program does intellectual service, and this project will allow students to learn or practice skills that will better them. Volunteers will participate in their ASL program along with recording their own videos in addition to the posters. 

Active Minds

Active Minds is an organization whose mission is based in spreading positivity and mental health awareness across college campuses. A project like this would be nothing but spreading this message. Volunteers will be creating an art-based project that would involve writing positive affirmations and messages for students to see across campus. 

Graduate Student Council

Volunteers will be creating letters and care packages for active service members. GSC's mission is to support all graduate programs, provide education and resources to those interested in the graduate programs.  As an organization that supports all graduate programs we support their and Stockton's values as well.

Los Latinos Unidos

Volunteers will be stuffing and decorating pencil cases with school supplies for local school children. 

Book Smiles

Volunteers will be leveling and sorting over 1,000 books. Once organized, the books will be brought over to storage for eventual donation and distribution to local community centers.

Alpha Phi Delta

Members of Alpha Phi Delta will be participating in a roadside clean-up on streets surrounding the University. Registration open to Alpha Phi Delta members ONLY. 

Virtual: TogetHER/ Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc presents Grow with Google Digital Skills for Everyday Tasks

Grow with Google is a project designed to help community members learn technology skills with the google suite to improve their everyday lives. This project will help attendees learn how to utilize the suite for organizations, budgeting, marketing, promotion and other life skills. This project is being offered in-person and virtually. Pre-register for the software here: TinyURL.com/GWG11722

Virtual: Zeta Tau Alpha

Volunteers will be making cards for breast cancer patients and engaging in awareness and resources. This project is being offered virtually. 

Virtual: Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Center 

Volunteers will participate in a virtual event to raise awareness and fundraise for a domestic violence center and the WGSC. A presentation and discussion about power-based personal violence and domestic violence will be facilitated by the center. Volunteers will also create social media posts and share their creations with the fundraising link. 

Virtual: Delta Phi Epsilon

Volunteers will be creating cards for the non-profit organization Love Our Elders. This project is being offered virtually.

Virtual: New Jersey Organizing Project

NJOP will be hosting a brief organizing 101 and then hold short interviews with students interested in paid community organizing and digital communications fellowships.

Virtual: Eastern Service Worker's Association

Volunteers will learn more about the services ESWA provides and work to create posters to promote their services throughout surrounding communities. Supplies needed: poster board, markers. Suitable project for high school students. 

Virtual: Inland Family Success Center 

A community-based, family-centered neighborhood gathering place where community residents can go for family support, information, and services. The Family Success Center’s goal is to enrich the lives of children and adults by making families stronger and empowering them to succeed. Volunteers will participate in a virtual escape room. 

Funny Farm Rescue

Funny Farm Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. They provide food, shelter, medical care, compassion, and love for the rest of their natural lives in a permanent, safe, and healthy environment. Volunteers will help with feeding and watering the animals, mucking stalls and corrals and general clean up around the farm. Transportation will be provided from the Main Galloway Campus. 

Save Barnegat Bay

Volunteers will help with constructing the milkweed protection structure with chicken wire in the monarch garden. Planting milkweed seeds in the structure. This project will help with restoration, conservation, and education. Transportation will be provided from the Main Galloway Campus

Dare2care Foundation

The Reflections Garden Walkway is a symbol of inspiration and encouragement to cancer survivors and maintaining it's grounds show respect to our community. Volunteers will help with the garden walkway clean-up. Transportation will be provided from the Main Galloway Campus.

South Jersey Horse Rescue 

Volunteers will help with sand replacement to the horse run-ins by wheel barrel. This will help the rescue by maintaining the property for the rescued horses to keep them safe. Transportation will be provided from the Main Galloway Campus.

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County 

Volunteers needed onsite at Jewish Family Services' food pantry. Volunteers to make pantry bags, and organize items at the food pantry. Volunteers will need to wear a mask, and able to lift 20-30 lbs. Transportation will be provided from the Main Galloway Campus.

Reed’s Organic Farm 

Volunteers will be weeding blueberry fields; Gathering trash on the farm's property, to support farm operations. Transportation will be provided from the Main Galloway Campus.

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge 

Volunteers come to the site to walk the trails and help us collect trash and waste. The refuge is a very active gathering spot for individuals to walk, run, drive, etc. Keeping these public access areas clean and free of debris is an important part of our Visitor Service Program. Transportation will be provided from the Main Galloway Campus.

Painting Tile Project

Painting Tile Project for Our Lady Star of the Sea Regional School. Stockton AC will offer volunteers the opportunity to hand paint  original designs on hand made tiles made by MudGirls Studios of Atlantic City. The theme of the designs will be centered around the Schools’ mission of Educating the Mind, Empowering the Heart, and Engaging in Service. The completed tiles will be installed on an interior wall in the dining hall, which serves as a programming and community gathering space at Our Lady Star of the Sea Regional School in Atlantic City. This will be an ongoing project as a part of our Day of Service, as we look to add additional painted tiles to the wall every year, completing a mosaic of color, beauty, and positivity to the community-based school.

Atlantic City Hospitality Kits 

Volunteers will decorate small bags, design and complete handwritten note cards and fill the kits with personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and paste, lotion, body wash, etc. and a healthy snack) donated by local casino properties and dentist offices. The kits will be donated for distribution to clients of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. This project provides opportunities to collaborate with local businesses for products that are needed by the AC Rescue Mission for distribution to its clients and to provide continued support. 

Career Bootcamp Initiative

In connection with EOF and Career Education and Development, participants will be led in discussion and cover topics such as job searching, interviewing, organizing your search, how to maximize a bridge year, lessons learned, and balancing all of this while finishing strong before graduation. Event is at capacity.  

Eagle Theatre

Volunteers will be helping with the office and theatre renovation and outdoor beautification projects. Volunteers will meet directly at the Eagle Theatre, and will need to provide their own transportation. 

 

 

Are you a student interested in volunteering? Take advantage of this leadership opportunity and register to become a project leader! 

Project Leaders serve as a "Point Person" for a designated project  between our community partners and event organizers on the day of service.  Job duties in the past have included organizing students, leading reflection sessions, collecting surveys, volunteering during the service project, and/or ensuring participant safety.

This year's ~special~ give-away is reusable Stockton lunch bags! Lunch bags will be distributed during morning registration. 

Come down to F101, the Stockton Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, and show us your completed survey to receive a FREE MLK Day of Service t-shirt!

Volunteers serving remotely are also welcome to stop by the office to pick up a t-shirt within the week after showing the completed assessment. Hammonton volunteers will receive their t-shirts at their volunteer site. 

Registration for on and off-campus projects will begin promptly at 9 a.m. on the Galloway and Atlantic City campuses. Volunteers will be directed to their pre-selected project. Hammonton projects will meet at their volunteer site. 

A breakfast bar and bagged lunch will be provided to all in-person volunteers.

 

 

2021 Spotlight on Service

Throughout 2021, many individuals within the Stockton Community dedicated themselves to service. We have compiled the students, alumni, faculty, and staff who were nominated by their peers to be commended for their commitment to service.

 

2022 Community Engagement Awards Recipients

Undergraduate Recipient: Cecilia Munoz, Social Work Major 

Alumni Recipient: Brooke Nolan, Physical Therapy graduate student

Stockton Organization Recipient: Los Latinos Unidos

Staff Member Recipient: Roxana Perez-Nieves, GEAR UP Lead Academic/Career Counselor

Faculty Member Recipient: Adam Aguiar, Assistant Professor of Biology

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