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MLK Day of Service

Once per semester, CEL invites the campus community to participate together in a day of service to the Dallas community. Stampede of Service takes place during the fall semester, typically around Homecoming festivities. The MLK Day of Service occurs in January in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. We work with a wide range of Dallas organizations during days of service, and past projects have included organizing food and clothes pantries, cleaning outdoor recreation areas, painting and restoring shelters, building accessibility ramps for homes, and helping teachers organize their classrooms.

MLK Service Day
Saturday, January 27, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m

Brunch and transportation provided

Register today by filling out the Volunteer Registration Form.

As we plan the 2018 MLK Day of Service, check out the following Dallas non-profit organizations we partnered with to host last year's MLK Service Day:

  • We Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn Collegehelps transform the health and well-being of under-resourced communities in southern Dallas by providing fresh, healthy, affordable food options. Volunteers would assist in construction trellises for spring crops, help install weed barriers and prepare rows for spring crops. Skills required: Ability to work outdoors in non- climate controlled environment.
  • North Texas Food Bank- is a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization, providing access to more than 170,000 meals each day for hungry children, seniors and families. Be a part of a dynamic team which helps sort, box and bag food in a warehouse environment.
    Skills required: Ability to bend, squat, push and lift.  Accommodations can be made with advance notice.
  • Foundation for C.H.O.I.C.E. 
    Foundation For C.H.O.I.C.E. (Consider How One Individual Changes Everything) focuses on preparing specifically hand-picked, at risk students for life after high school, while providing them with the resources, skills, and mentoring relationships necessary to promote a seamless transition. Volunteers will assist by helping improve the campus of the chosen school- whether it's picking up trash, painting, yard work, etc. alongside high school students.
  • Dolphin Heights Community Garden - where residents can gather to grow fruits and is also used as a learning tool for the kids in the Dolphin Heights after School Program (ASP). Volunteers are needed to help rake leaves, plant and create sitting designs out of limestone for community garden.
  • Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity & Highland Park United Methodist Church- Highland Park United Methodist Church has worked in partnership with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity for 20 years to build homes across our city. Volunteers will help with the beginning stages of house construction, including loading and installing trusses, sheathing walls, and beginning to install blue board. No construction experience is required.
  • St. Philip's School and Community Center - provides unparalleled education and compatible community services through a faith-based experience, with emphasis on serving low and moderate income families.  Volunteers will assist St. Philip's in preparing the school's campus for its largest and most critical fundraising event of the year. The project will involve readying the campus by cleaning, preparing, and planting in the flower beds and flower pots that surround the school's campus. 
  • Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc. - Donations fuel Goodwill’s social business to create jobs and job services to persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment. You can help Goodwill in their mission to provide job opportunity by assisting with sorting and processing donations in the Goodwill central warehouse!
    Skills required: Ability to stand, bend and life small amounts of weights for up to three hours
  • For The Love of The Lake - dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of White Rock Lake. Help spruce up the old fish hatchery nature area.
    Skills required: Ability to climb through outdoor landscaping and foliage, please be mindful of bugs
  • Hope Supply Co. – serves as a clearinghouse of donated resources for the homeless by providing necessities including diapers, clothing, school supplies, toys and programs to enhance their lives. Be a part of this mission by helping in the warehouse and sorting, counting, and labeling critically needed items for homeless children.
  • Nexus Recovery Center - serves as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction. Be a part of this mission by assisting young women in art projects and creative writing.
    Skills required: Clear and effective communication
  • The Family Place – helps empower victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling and skills that create independence. Volunteers on this project will help organize, restock and assist in the Family Place Resale Shop.
  • Promise House - embraces homeless, runaway and at-risk youth, giving them needed support, encouragement and hope to live a better life. Volunteers will engage residents in the Emergency Youth Shelter by playing board games, outdoors activities (basketball, jump rope, etc) or video games!
    Skills required: An upbeat, excited attitude!
  • SPCA of Texas - (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas) is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. Volunteers will assist with shelter-related activities including laundry/dishes, decorating animal pods (w/colored window markers), assembling pet enrichment toys, or cleaning windows.
  • Trinity River Audubon Center has five miles of established trails and many acres of wetland ponds and grasslands. Use your muscle to benefit these diverse ecosystems when you help clear and expand existing trails, remove invasive species, or restore prairie and wetland habitats.
    Skills Required: Ability to use wheelbarrows, and other items pertaining to trash pick-up
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStores Locally owned and operated, 100% of the profits to Habitat’s ReStores support Dallas Habitat's mission to revitalize neighborhoods through the anchoring hope of affordable home ownership. ReStores need volunteers like you for merchandising, greeting and assisting customers, display presentation and management, pricing, sales, and more!

Please note: In accordance with the SMU Risk Management Policy, ALL student participants are required to use the transportation provided. Any questions regarding the event? Email Brittany Barker