Each January, Rutgers University–Camden answers a national call to service to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers, families, and community members come together to participate in a day of action, both on the campus and in the community.
Martin Luther King Day of Service
Marathon Reading of
"Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Monday, Jan. 21
9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m. to noon
Reading of letter
As an alternative to participating in a service project, the Office of Civic Engagement and Africana Studies invite you to participate in a marathon reading of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Readers of all ages and abilities are welcome.
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at Rutgers–Camden
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Rutgers–Camden Campus Center
Address: 326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102
Parking is available in all lots except Lot C12
Motivated by Dr. King's vision of the Beloved Community, Rutgers–Camden seeks to create a space on our campus where people from all backgrounds can work and learn together.
Activities are open to students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the university; their families; and children and adults from across the city, the state, and the region.
While we sometimes think of service as one group of people serving another, this day of service involves individuals serving each other and the larger community.
"The time is always right to do what is right." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Martin Luther King Day of Service is open to the Rutgers–Camden community. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are welcome to participate.
- Student, staff, and faculty registration
- Guest registration (users without a Rutgers NetID)
Registration is limited based on the number of available projects. Service site placements are subject to change. We cannot guarantee placements, especially if an individual or group does not register in advance. Please contact Chris Countryman if you are planning to bring a large group.
Youth must be 12 years or older to participate in our traditional service projects; our Ignite STEM program will offer a special on-campus experience for younger participants and their parents. Minors participating in the Day of Service must be supervised by a parent, guardian, or representative of their school at all times.
Schedule for the Day
8 a.m. Check-in and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Program Begins
9:00 a.m. Buses depart for project sites
Noon Buses begin to pick up from project sites
12:30 p.m. Return to campus
This year, our campus will also host several workshops designed to equip participants with skills and practices that they can use to pursue justice and equity in their daily lives. Opportunities include a workshop on advocacy basics and engaging elected officials, a bystander intervention workshop facilitated by our Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, and a special activity for children offered by our Ignite STEM program.
- Camden County Pop-Up Library
- Center for Environmental Transformation
- Joseph's House of Camden
- Lanning Square Block Supporter Initiative
- NJ Tree Foundation
- Parkside Business & Community in Partnership
- Respond, Inc.
- South Jersey Land & Water Trust
- The Neighborhood Center
- Urban Promise
- Volunteers of America Delaware Valley
Bring an Item to Donate
During the Day of Service, we will be collecting food items to help stock our new on-campus food pantry. Please consider bringing some non-perishable food with you to support this important initiative. Learn more about the pantry.
We will also be collecting new or gently-used books for the Camden County Pop-Up Library and empty 2-liter soda bottles for a local community gardening project.
For additional information, please contact Michael D'Italia, engaged civic learning program coordinator.