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The Bonner Office of Civic Engagement

The Bonner Office of Civic Engagement works with students, faculty, staff, community partners and alumnae to facilitate common efforts that address the most pressing challenges of our time.

It is our goal that Spelman College, in partnership with the community, will empower students to become creative leaders, support nonprofit organizations in addressing community-identified needs, and inspire academic innovation and interdisciplinary problem solving. 

Spelman Bonner Office Hosts MLK Day of Service 2023

MLK Day of Service

Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

  • Various Locations


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

The Spelman College Bonner Office of Civic Engagement  will host Spelman College's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. The Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities. 

The College has partnered with community agencies who serve our Westside community to offer a combination of on and off campus activities. We invite students, alumnae, faculty, staff and their family members to join us for an engaging day of service. 

Students should register on; interested faculty and staff members should email and alumnae will receive an email regarding sign-up from the Office of Alumnae Engagement. We look forward to honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy alongside our Spelman community. 

MLK Day of Service — Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

1. West Atlanta Watershed Alliance 
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1442 Richland Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Trail and garden maintenance - Help the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance to restore and maintain habitat at the Outdoor Activity Center, a 26-acre urban forest, in southwest Atlanta and the Hartnett Community Garden.

2. Trees Atlanta 
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Belt Line Trail 1408 Lucile Ave. SW Atlanta, GA 30310
Tree Planting & beautification - Celebrate MLK Jr. Day by planting new street and yard trees in the Westview neighborhood to help sustain our urban forest.

3. Village Tutorial and Enrichment Program 
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
W.J. Scott Elementary 1752 Hollywood Road, NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30318
Support our agricultural (garden) build a W.J. Scott Elementary - Volunteers will assist in clearing and prepping garden beds for spring planning, beautify and stain elementary school fencing, and install greenhouse flooring.

4. Omenala Afrocentric Griot Museum 
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
337 Dargan Pl SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

5. No Sew Fleece Project 
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This service will take place on campus.
Volunteers will handcraft up to 80 blankets to donate to local organizations supporting those in need. No sewing experience needed.

6. Westside Future Fund 
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Join Westside Future Fund in supporting the Westside community through varies service activities. Additional details will be provided at a later date.

7. Back to School Drive 
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
This service will take place on campus.

Assist efforts in supporting students in Jackson, Mississippi. Volunteers will pack school supplies to ship to Jackson students.

MLK Day of Service - quote

What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service?
After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." 

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

Why Serve on MLK Day of Service?

Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live—creating the Beloved Community. The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions.

Spring 2023 COVID-19 Policy Update on In-Person Community Service 

The Bonner Office of Civic Engagement remains committed to doing work that meaningfully addresses community needs. Because we care about the health of our students and our community, we want to provide the following guidelines as students return to in-person service.

For the Spring 2023 semester students are asked to continue to observe campus health and safety protocols which include mask wearing, frequent handwashing, disinfecting and testing.

We are working with community partners to identify and develop volunteer opportunities that keep the health and safety of all in mind. You can find community service opportunities in Spelman Serves. New opportunities will be sent via email as they arise.

We know the tremendous benefits of in-person community service, both for students and for our community. We look forward to supporting in-person community service activities whenever it is safe to do so. We will revisit these guidelines in the event that community health conditions change to determine if adjustments are necessary.

Any students, faculty, staff or partners who have questions about this policy update can reach out to The Bonner Office of Civic Engagement at

Contact Us

Bonner Office of Civic Engagement
350 Spelman Lane S.W.
Box 1543
Atlanta, GA 30314

Campus Location
Manley Student Center, Upper Level

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