MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service Information

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

It brings together over 500 students, community members, and community partners, and often encompasses over 15 projects both on- and off-campus. 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.

 

Masks are optional but not required for this event.

Registration for on- and off-campus projects will begin promptly at 8:30 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.

Stockton University's 19th Annual
MLK Day of Service

Monday January 16th, 2023
8:30 a.m.

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

 

MLK Day of Service Community Engagement Award Nominations

Do you know someone in the Stockton community who is committed to building and supporting their community? Nominate them for a 2023 Community Engagement Award!

A sample of January 2022's projects included:

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. 

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 on-site 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 Theater

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

 

This year's special give-away are Stockton beanie hats!

 

Lunch bags will be distributed after the breakfast and during the morning registration.

 

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