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. 17 from 10 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’s iconic “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”  Readers will assemble at 9:30 a.m. All ages and abilities are welcome.

See more information and sign up as a reader.

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 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 of Camden and the state of New Jersey.

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."


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

8:00 a.m. - Registration begins, light breakfast provided
8:45 a.m. - Welcome and Program Start
9:00 a.m. - Volunteers leave for off-campus opportunities via buses (provided)
9:45 a.m. - Projects begin
12:30 p.m. - Project wrap-up, volunteers begin boarding buses
1:00 p.m. - Volunteers return to campus

volunteer opportunities

  • Cathedral Kitchen
  • Center for Environmental Transformation
  • Cooper Grant Neighborhood Association
  • Food Bank of South Jersey
  • Neighborhood Center
  • Respond, Inc.
  • Rutgers Law School
  • Rutgers University–Camden English Department
  • Salvation Army Kroc Center
  • TeenSHARP
  • UrbanPromise
  • Volunteers of America, Delaware Valley

Bring an Item to Donate

We're also collecting food, toiletries, and other items on the MLK Day of Service.


We will be collecting the following food items for the Kroc Center.

  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Cans of tuna and chicken
  • Jars of peanut butter (plastic)

Toiletries and Personal Items

We will be collecting the following items to assemble into kits for Cathedral Kitchen and Volunteers of America.

  • Bars of soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Handi-wipes
  • Combs and brushes
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Lip balm
  • Dental floss
  • Hand/body lotion
  • Hair bands
  • Small tissue packets
  • First aid supplies/kits (bandages, alcohol wipes, etc.)
  • Nail clippers
  • Manual can openers
  • New socks (men, women, and children)
  • Diapers
  • Disposable plastic ponchos

More Information

For additional information, please contact Chris Countryman at 856-225-6995 or