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.
Rutgers is open and operating. The university has moved to remote instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. Some services and facilities may not be operating or are operating on limited schedules.
Martin Luther King Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 at Rutgers–Camden
8 a.m. to 12:30 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. Register for the 2020 Martin Luther King Day of Service.
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 Michael D'Italia if you are planning to bring a large group.
Youth must be in at least 9th grade 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.
- Joseph's House of Camden
- Lanning Square Block Supporter Initiative
- NJ Conservation Foundation
- NJ Tree Foundation
- Parkside Business & Community in Partnership
- South Jersey Land & Water Trust
- The Neighborhood Center
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.
For additional information, please contact Michael D'Italia, engaged civic learning program coordinator.