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 several projects.

Food and Basic Needs Drive

Throughout the week, donations will be accepted to benefit local food pantries. Donations may be dropped off at locations throughout Iowa City and Coralville, from Monday, January 16 through Friday, January 20, 2023, at noon.

Houses into Homes

Friday, January 20th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Houses into Homes is an organization that provides gently used beds, furniture, and household items for families and individuals in Johnson County who are exiting homelessness, domestic violence, and other crisis situations. 

Coat Drive

Community members will be able to donate coats for those in need and our houseless neighbors. Shelter House will distribute the coats. 

Meals on Wheels

Volunteers pick up meals for their assigned route from our Coralville office (add address) between 10:30 and 11:00 am and deliver lunch to homebound and/or disabled seniors in the community. Volunteers are welcome to bring friends or family along! 

Day of Service

Iowa City's Day of Service will start with a Unity Rally and March at 9:45 a.m. (starting from UAY at Eastdale Plaza and walking to Mercer Park Gym). After the Unity Rally and March there will be a celebratory program at the Mercer Park Gym, including entertainment performances, a keynote speaker, and free lunch. Events are free and open to the public; no registration is necessary.

Additional Community Projects

Visit the City of Iowa City's Martin Luther King Day page to learn more about community projects and opportunities.