NKU’s Annual MLK Day of Community Service Draws 600 Students, Faculty and Staff

MLK Day of Service

Edited- Jan. 22, 2019– Northern Kentucky University honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a community day of service on Jan. 21. President Ashish Vaidya asked the campus to join him for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and more than 600 students, faculty and staff participated.

Hosted by the Office of Student Engagement, the community service day is an annual event to remember Dr. King’s legacy. NKU volunteers completed service activities at 28 locations across greater Cincinnati, including the Emergency Shelter NKY, Matthew 25 Ministries and the Cincinnati Zoo.

“In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service – a ‘day on, not a day off.’ It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems,” said President Vaidya. “NKU has a long history of service and engagement, and I’m proud so many volunteered to join me for a day of community service.”

The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community.” NKU’s Office of Student Engagement has hosted Service on Saturday events since 2002. Many of the service days are coordinated with holidays and campus events, like NKU’s Homecoming and Earth Day.

For more on the university’s upcoming “Service on Saturday” events, visit NKU’s Community Service webpage.

NKU Service Locations:

Alpha Phi Alpha Highway Cleanup
Alumni Affairs
Angels for Life
Berhinger-Crawford Museum
Blanket Making
Business Center
Campus Rec Center
Care Closet 1
Care Closet 2
Cincinnati Zoo
Emergency Shelter NKY
Florence ReStore
Florence UMC
Homeward Bound Shelter

Master Provisions
Matthew 25 Ministries
NKU Baptist Student Center

NKU Campus
Norse Notes/Admissions
Ronald McDonald House
Science Center
Student Union
United Ministries NKY

University Housing
Welcome House NKY
YMCA Camp Ernst
YMCA Norwood


About NKU:  Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit nku.edu.