Donations are accepted Monday January 17 through Friday January 21, 2022, at 5 PM at any drop-off location.

Each year during the MLK Jr. Human Rights Week Celebration, we come together through service projects to serve our community in meaningful and tangible ways, alongside local non-profits. This year, the service opportunities will consist of two projects: community members can assemble an Emergency Care Kits that will be donated to Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) and Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) or donate to our week-long food and basic needs drive.

Drop-Off Locations:

Project 1: Week-Long Food and Basic Needs Drive

Throughout the week of celebration, donations will be accepted to benefit local food pantries. Donations may be dropped off at any drop-off locationthroughout Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty from Monday, January 17 through Friday, January 21, 2022, at noon.

The donations will distributed go to CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Pantry at IowaCoralville Community Food Pantry, and North Liberty Community Pantry. Please see an attached list of donations that each site needs:

Download the full list of needed items in a PDF

Needed items:

We will also be partnering with Iowa City Hy-Vees to serve as a donation site throughout the week. A list of needed items will be provided to shoppers upon arrival, and donations may be given on-site during this time at each of the First Ave, North Dodge, and Cross Park Hy-Vee locations.

Project 2: Emergency Care Kits

Emergency care kits contain basic items that an individual who is escaping a violent environment will need. You and/or your household can donate a fully or partially assembled kit of some basic necessities that will be donated to the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) and Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) of Iowa City.

Emergency care kit donations can be dropped off at any drop-off location throughout Iowa City, Coralville, or North Liberty throughout the week of January 17-21, 2022.

Materials to include in an emergency care kit include:

Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP):

  • Adult sized hats/glove (preferably new)
  • Cold/flu medicine for adults and children
  • Tissue/Kleenex
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand warmers
  • Hand and Body lotion in larger bottles (no travel sized please)
  • Face Masks
  • Emergen-C (or other similar vitamin C heavy drink packages)
  • Deodorant
  • New adult socks - wool and other warm types
  • Underwear (new)

Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP)

  • Laundry soap
  • Fabric softener
  • Diapers size 4, 5
  • Wipes
  • Soap
  • Tooth paste
  • Tooth brush
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Small soft blankets
  • Hy-Vee cards (groceries)
  • Walmart cards (groceries)