Martin Luther King Day of Service

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. 

MLK Day Marathon Reading

Monday, Jan. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center

The Office of Civic Engagement and Africana Studies invite you to participate in a marathon reading of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”  Readers will assemble at 9 a.m. All ages and abilities are welcome.

See more information and sign up as a reader.

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at Rutgers–Camden

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Rutgers–Camden Campus Center
Address: 326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102
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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.

Service site placements are subject to change. We cannot guarantee placements, so please contact Chris Countryman at if you are planning to bring a large group.

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

volunteer opportunities

  • Bancroft
  • CamCare
  • Center for Environmental Transformation
  • Cooper-Grant Neighborhood Association
  • Cooper's Ferry Partnership
  • The Neighborhood Center
  • New Jersey Tree Foundation
  • UrbanPromise
  • Volunteers of America Delaware Valley

Better Together

During the Day of Service, select teams of students and faculty will also be working alongside Camden residents to make progress on our Better Together: North Camden and Better Together: Parkside initiatives. Funded by a grant from Campus Compact, the goal of these initiatives is to build relationships and foster ongoing collaboration between students at Rutgers University-Camden and neighbors in the North Camden and Parkside sections of the city through the co-creation of neighborhood-based projects.  If you are a student and are interested in participating in one of these projects, please email Michael D'Italia, engaged civic learning program coordinator.

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.

More Information

For additional information, please contact Michael D'Italia, engaged civic learning program coordinator.