Registration is now OPEN for the MLK, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 18, 2016.

There are opportunities to LEARN, SERVE and CELEBRATE as a campus community. Register below by January 13.



This year's book is Illegal: Reflection of an Undocumented Immigrant by José Ángel N. "Illegal," is an anonymously written memoir of an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who rises from Chicago restaurant worker to white-collar professional, only to be forced underground when his status becomse a legal issue. It should stimulate a valuable discussion of the parodoxes and complexities of our contemporary immigration system. Registration is required and has already closed. 10 am - noon. Esch Hurvis, Warch Campus Center.



OFF Campus: Join the Volunteer Center and the Conservatory of the Music as it travels to several nonprofit organizations in the Appleton Area. Activities include brightening the gymnasium at Edison Elementary by painting a mural, sorting items at Bethesda Thrift Shop, making someone’s day by playing games with the elderly, and exposing k-6 grade students to the arts. 1- 5/5:30 pm. Meet in Esch Hurvis, Warch Campus Center.

ON Campus: Join LU student organizations with hands-on volunteer activities such as baking cookies to donate, crafting bracelets for the residents of Brewster Village, and joining Greenfire to make hats, scarves, and mittens from old blankets. Each activity will enable students to volunteer right on campus while learning about future ways to get involved with LU organizations. 1-4:00 pm. Throughout campus.



Witness the legendary Civil Rights leader, Dr. Angela Davis, speak at the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. The celebration will also include readings from local student winning essays, the presentation of JLM MLK Community Leader and Educator Awards, and a performance by gospel singers of Lawrence University. 6:30pm. Memorial Chapel.


SERVE: Opportunities both on campus and outside the bubble are available (transportation provided) from 1-5 pm. Review the options on the right and sign up below. Registration deadline is Jan. 13, 2016.


ON-CAMPUS SERVICE: If you select the on-campus opportunities radio button below, you'll be prompted to pick up to 2 opportunities.   Each 90 minute activity/workshop will enable students to volunteer from right on campus while learning about future ways to get involved with LU organizations.Students selecting 2 opportunities will be given priority.
OFF-CAMPUS SERVICE: If you select the off-campus opportunities radio button, you'll be prompted to identify your top 3 choices for community service. We'll strive to assign you to one of your top choices. Transportation will be provided to and from the location to which you've been assigned.


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On-Campus Opportunities

Glamour Gals (Davis, Warch Campus Center)

Join GlamourGals volunteers in making bracelets for elderly residents at Brewster Village.

Greenfire (Volunteer Center)

Join Greenfire in making hats, scarves and mittons from old blankets to donate to local shelters.

Panhellenic Council (Kraemer, Warch Campus Center)

Make fleece tie blankets for Harbor House Domestic Abuse Center.

Sustainable Lawrence University Garden (SLUG)

Flip a compost pile and plant sprouts to be put in the green house, clean the shed/hoophouse, and possibly do some construction of tables and seed tray holders.

Habitat for Humanity (Runkel, Warch Campus Center)

Make fleece tie blankets for new Habitat homeowners.

Food Recovery Network (Sage Basement)

Prepare a meal and donate it to a partner organization.

Rotaract Club (International House)

Bake cookies and muffins for a local homeless shelter.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Bethesda Thrift Store

Volunteers will sort items and tag clothes at an Appleton thrift shop; positively impacting the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Brewster Village

The residents at Brewster Village will be engaging with students on campus around service-related activities. Together, they will make dog toys and blankets for those in need. Following, there will be a performance for the Villagers by Swing Dance (request pending).

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley

Volunteers will engage kids in interactive projects about art, dance, music, or sports that incorporate themes of equality, advocacy and the civil rights movement. Come teach youth the importance of MLK's history!


Volunteers will help with pantry, refrigerator, and freezer cleaning along with some organizational projects, like inventorying hygeine supplies. COTS is dedicated to ending homelsessness and provides temporary shelter for homelss men, women, and children in the Fox Valley region.

Homeless Connections (previously Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley)

Volunteers will help with various projects around the building, such as deep cleaning the living areas, organizing donations, and possibly some other indoor projects. Homeless Connections strives to impact those in need of shelter and food acting as transitional housing.

Edison Elementary School

Volunteers will paint the climbing wall in the Edison Elementary School gym with an inspirational design to enhance K-6th grade learning. Those with artistic talents preferred, but not required.

Harbor House 

Volunteer tasks include child care, deep cleaning of the kitchen, and organization of the basement storage. Harbor House is an integrated and supportive community, surrounding victims and survivors of domestic abuse with a comprehensive range of program options.

Riverview Gardens

Volunteering at Riverview Gardens is an opportunity to engage in community stewardship, and help address the root causes of poverty, homelessness and unemployment, while having fun at an urban farm and park space.  Volunteers experience the mission of Riverview Gardens through meaningful work, mutual respect, willing participation, open communication, and energized spirits. Various volunteer tasks could include harvesting, weeding, preparing beds, winterizing 20 hoop houses, etc. The service project will conclude with a Decoda “Music for All: Connecting Musicians and Community” performance and students will return to campus just a tad later then other projects (5:30 pm).  All volunteers are welcome to this event. Co-sponsored by the Lawrence University conservatory.

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