Community Engagement

MLK Day of Service

Once per semester, OSCIE invites the campus community to participate together in a day of service to the Dallas community. 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. 

In 2018, over 400 SMU students participated in MLK Day of Service! We are so excited to see what 2019 brings. Here are some of the organizations we have worked with in the past:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

  • Voice of Hope MinistriesVoice of Hope Ministries exists to provide children living in the neighborhoods of West Dallas with strong character models, education support, life skills, and family support services needed to become productive Christian citizens. Volunteers will be working with the soil in various raised beds, as well as other kinds of physical labor and gardening tasks. The work will require shoveling, raking, lifting, etc

  • Equest - to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs using horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted activities and therapies. Volunteers will hekp with maintenance and barn projects. 

  • Society of St.Vincent de Paul - provides temporary assistance for basic needs as well as educational, advocacy and referral support to promote self-sufficiency. Volunteers will help with merchandising, hanging up clothes, and sorting various items in the store such as clothes, books, shoes, etc.

  • The Bridge - plays a significant role in North Texas continuum of care for homeless recovery services and is the primary partner of the City, Dallas County, and State in supporting this population. Volunteers will help those in homeless recovery by organizing, sorting and assembling items for people in the Dallas region.

  • The Magdalen House - an agency consisting of a group of dedicated professionals and recovered individuals with a commitment to creating no-cost, accessible and effective programming to help alcoholic women and their families obtain long-term, sustainable recovery. Volunteers will assist in the maintenance of the property.

  • Take Me Home Pet Rescue - nonprofit organization committed to reducing our homeless pet overpopulation. Volunteers will complete tasks like cleaning, repainting and executing tasks within the center, causing Take Me Home to have a more appealing space for potential adopters to visit.  

For more information about MLK Day of Service, please contact Community Engagement Coordinator, Brittany Barker