Annual MLK Day of Service

Posted 1/13/2021

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Proclamation

WHEREAS, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to the advancement of public service and civil rights, believing in a nation of freedom and justice for all and challenging all Americans to participate in the never-ending work of building a more perfect union; and

WHEREAS, Dr. King recognized that everyone can be great because everyone can serve, and during his lifetime encouraged all Americans to serve their neighbors and their communities; and,

WHEREAS, the King Holiday and Service Act, enacted in 1994, is a nationwide effort designated as a national day of volunteer and community service, and grounded in Dr. King 's teachings, that focuses on bringing people together to solve national and local needs, breaking down the barriers that have divided us as a community; and,

WHEREAS, hundreds of Iowa residents use Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a day on, not a day off, by spending it volunteering or performing community service projects each year; and,

WHEREAS, DMACC works closely throughout the year with our non-profit partner organizations and AmeriCorps members across the region we serve to organize and engage in service honoring the goals of the King Day of Service; and,

WHEREAS, the King Day of Service, which falls on January 18th this year, is a time for DMACC community members to recognize Dr. King's teachings on advancing equality and opportunity for all by contributing their own time and talents in a day of service; and,

WHEREAS, the King Day of Service is an excellent opportunity and an important day to encourage each community member to take part in service that will benefit communities and neighborhoods and provide a fitting memorial to the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.;

NOW, THEREFORE, as President of Des Moines Area Community College, I hereby proclaim Monday, January 18, 2021, as “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service” at Des Moines Area Community College and urge our community to honor the memory of Dr. King by putting his teachings into action by participating in the King Day of Service and finding ways to give back to their communities.

Robert J. Denson


Annual MLK Day of Service!

The 2021 MLK Day of Service is almost here – and Americans across the country are rolling up their sleeves in service. Are you ready to get out and serve? Making time to volunteer for the 2021 MLK Day of Service is a great way to engage with your community while honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Whether you plan on grabbing a paint brush, mentoring a young person, or helping to clean up a public space in the next few days, know that what you do makes a world of difference. Here are some resources to help you find out how to get involved in your community:

Find a Volunteer Opportunity | AmeriCorps (
Volunteer Match
Ideas for youth to get involved

January 18th Community Activities:

Local Year-round Volunteer Opportunities in our Community

Resources for Celebration:

How Can I Continue to Serve After MLK Day?
Start by connecting your MLK Day activities to the service you want to do during the year. That may mean that you attend a volunteer training on King Day to prepare to serve as a regular volunteer. Or it may mean that you volunteer with a new organization you want to learn more about. Where and how you serve is up to you – the important thing is to get involved.

Return to News