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MLK Day Service Network

Businesses and nonprofits are key to the success of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. Businesses see MLK Day as an important way to give back to the community, connect with customers, increase employee morale, and demonstrate corporate social responsibility. For nonprofits, participating in MLK Day is an opportunity to bring in new volunteers, partners, and funders that can provide resources to support your organization's work throughout the year.

Your business or nonprofit organization can support MLK Day of Service in a variety of ways. You can organize a volunteer project, give employees time to serve, provide financial or in kind support such as product donations, and raise awareness about the day and the opportunities to serve. However you participate, you are honoring Dr. King’s life and legacy and helping further his dream by making a difference in your community.

Contact Us

For more information on corporate sponsorship or collaboration opportunities in support of MLK Day of Service, please contact Rhonda Taylor at rtaylor@cns.gov or (202) 606-6721.

National Sponsors

Corporation for National & Community Service

CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service each year through its core programs, Senior Corps and AmeriCorps, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.  In 1994 CNCS was charged by Congress to lead the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service.

  • Corporation for National and Community Service
    1201 New York Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20525
    www.nationalservice.gov

Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to advancing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through various programs and partnerships, we strive to educate the world about his life and teachings, inspire new generations to further his work, and strengthen causes and change makers continuing his efforts today.

MLK Day Service Leaders
The MLK Service leaders are organizations that are planning and carrying out service projects to bring Americans together to meet community needs on the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. These organizations will engage hundreds of thousands of Americans to help students increase educational achievement, support veterans and military families, assist individuals and communities in preparing for disasters, and meet other pressing needs across the country. See the MLK Day Subgrantees
Cesar Chavez Foundation
HOPE worldwide
Points of Light Institute
Service for Peace
Wisconsin Campus Compact
Youth Service America

"With their natural creativity, curiosity and passion, young people are uniquely positioned to improve their communities through service and service-learning projects. With thousands of kids across the nation beginning their Semester of Service on MLK Day, Dr. King's dream of the 'beloved community' lives on."

- Steve Culbertson, President & CEO, Youth Service America

National Strategic Partners
MLK Day Strategic Partners have pledged to help advance and promote the MLK Day of Service by holding service activities in at least 3 different cities or states. These projects will promote the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and at least one of the Corporation for National and Community Service focus areas. Their projects will celebrate Drum Major for Service Awardees as well as include local public officials who will help serve on King Day.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

"The Sunday Supper provides a forum where the Sorority can work jointly with those it serves to find solutions to challenges that impact them. Similarly, by working together during the Martin Luther King Jr., Day of Service, Alpha Kappa Alpha will fortify its already strong bonds to the community. The Sorority's 260,000 members in 975 chapters worldwide have always used the occasion of King's Birthday to lift up the civil rights hero's memory through service. It is fitting that the events coincide with the Sorority's 104-year anniversary."

- Carolyn House Stewart, International President, Alpha Kappa Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc

"Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity chapters worldwide plan to celebrate their prestigious member Martin Luther King, Jr.'s day of service by uniting to strengthen communities, empower individuals and bridge barriers. Chapters from London, England to South Africa to campuses all of the United States, plan to host scholarship breakfasts, service projects and remembrances that focus on Brother King's legacy and the most pressing social issues Brother King focused his life on: hunger, homelessness and poverty."

- Herman "Skip" Mason, Jr., 33rd General President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

American Red Cross

"At the American Red Cross, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday marks the time of the year when our volunteers reach out to their neighbors, appearing on their doorsteps to talk about fire safety, because home fires are one disaster that can usually be prevented, the program offers volunteers a valuable service activity that directly saves lives by helping our communities understand how to protect their families from this most common disaster threat."

- Jerry DeFrancisco, President, Humanitarian Services, American Red Cross

Be the Change, Inc.

"Dr. King demonstrated to all of us the collective impact that small actions can have, both on a community as well as an entire nation. At Be The Change, we couldn't think of a better way to honor Dr. King's legacy than by uniting the passions of our two campaigns - Opportunity Nation and Service Nation. By leveraging the power that today's technology offers, our campaigns will be promoting unique ways that individuals can improve economic opportunities through service in their communities."

- Kevin Jennings, CEO, Be The Change, Inc..

Bluestar Families

"It's wonderful to watch the country coming together for the Martin Luther King Day of Service, our military families volunteer at high rates in their communities because they understand the importance of service and giving back to the community. We're excited to promote this day of service because, while not everyone can serve in the military, anyone can make a difference through volunteering."

- Mark Smith, Executive Director, Blue Star Families

Campus Kitchens Project

Communities In Schools

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life to braking down racism and eliminating poverty. Communities In Schools is an expression of his call to action. One of the most powerful opportunities to grow our leadership is through service – service rooted in creating lasting change in our lives and the lives of the children, women, and men of our communities. No better opportunity exists than the National Day of Service on January 16, 2012.

Let's begin by making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a powerful way to come together and harness our power to lead."

-Dan Cardinali, President, Communities in Schools

Rebuilding Together

The National Urban League

"The National Urban League was founded in the spirit of service, and Urban Leaguers stood beside Martin Luther King, Jr., in the struggle for civil rights. Nothing can honor Dr. King's legacy more than a positive effort to empower communities and share our time and talent with our brothers and sisters. I look forward to a powerful and enriching Day of Service all across the nation."

- Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, The National Urban League

George Washington University

Greater DC Cares

Habitat for Humanity International

ServiceNation

United Way Worldwide

"MLK Day of Service provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of how ordinary individuals can volunteer their time to help make their communities a better place. This year, United Way will participate in MLK Day of Service by highlighting the Education Call to Action to recruit one million volunteer readers, tutors and mentors. United Way believes that education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. It also builds a stronger foundation to help improve equality, social justice and economic opportunity - issues of great importance to Dr. King. In 2008, United Way launched a 10-year initiative to cut by half the number of young people who drop out of high school by 2018. On MLK Day we invite individuals to learn more and pledge to join us in this effort!"

- Mei Cobb, Vice President of Volunteer and Employee Engagement, United Way Worldwide

MLK Service Network
The MLK Service network is helping to promote the MLK Day of Service by holding projects and networking with other organizations planning and holding service activities. They have pledged to promote the MLK Day of Service throughout their network, and encourage their affiliates to do the same.
AARP After-School All-Stars

Allan Houston Legacy Foundation

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

APCO Worldwide

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

America's Promise

Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism

B.E.Y.A Leader Youth Organization

Business Civic Leadership Centers

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Breakthrough Collaborative

National CASA Association

The Case Foundation

Causecast

CITYarts

City Year

The Corps Network

Do Good Get Rewards

Do Something

The EMILY Fund

Feeding America

First Baptist Church

First Book

4-H

Global Youth Justice

The Kindness Connection

The King Memorial Foundation

Lutheran Services in America

MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership

MyGoodDeed

National Alliance of Faith and Justice

National Marrow Donor Program

NBA Cares

National Council of La Raza

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

North Carolina Campus Compact

Operation Hope

Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral

Risen: From Jamestown to the White House

Safe Places

Sigma Alpha Lambda National Honors and Leadership Organization

Student Conservation Association

The Superstar Challenge

SweatMonkey.org

Truist

U BE the Change

United Way of America

United Way of King County

Uplift Community Foundation

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa

YouthBuild USA

Youth Volunteer Corps

Corporate Sponsors

Corporate and business entities represent one of the most powerful forces for change in our nation. Each day corporations and their employees contribute substantial time and financial support to communities in need. They invest their expertise and financial resources to strengthen communities and solve critical social problems such as health, fitness, education, literacy, energy and environment, community revitalization, and safety and security.

In collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service, companies can help address local needs, bring service efforts to scale, and impact communities through volunteering and civic engagement.

Our corporate supporters range from national retailers and service companies to consulting firms and manufacturers. These companies are making a difference by supporting volunteering and civic responsibility on a local, regional, and national level.

For more information on corporate sponsorship or collaboration opportunities in support of MLK Day of Service, please complete the form on the Become a Partner Page or email us at MLKDay@cns.gov.

ARAMARK

Best Buy

Capital One Financial Corporation

Cola-Cola Company

Citi

CVS Caremark

The Home Depot

Google

ING and ING Foundation

Kraft Foods

Microsoft

Pfizer

Shell

SparkPeople

Starbucks

Target

UPS

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