MLK Day of Service Returns

After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, we are excited to announce the return of the Joliet-Area MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16.

The event kicks off in the Joliet Central High School Student Center Cafeteria, 201 E. Jefferson Street, with volunteer registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., followed by the program launch at 8:30, and community service completion at locations throughout the community from 9 a.m. to noon. After projects are finished, volunteers return to the Central Cafeteria for lunch, project re-caps, and family friendly entertainment provided by Gabe Lozano from RIELTYME CREATIVE SOLUTIONS of the Chicago Bulls.

“The MLK Day of Service is 16-year tradition in the Joliet-area community, drawing between 750 to 1,000 volunteers who complete service projects for organizations throughout the community,” said Ericka Williams, MLK Day Co-Chair.

“It is an event for all ages where families can volunteer side-by-side. Whatever the age or ability, there is a project for everyone as we make our community stronger while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Projects can include painting, cleaning, organizing, volunteering in food pantries, making blankets for the homeless, decorating valentines for veterans and much more. “We invite residents of all ages and backgrounds to help advance Dr. King’s vision of equality and opportunity for all by making the holiday a ‘A Day On, Not A Day Off,” said Williams.

Community groups wanting to submit project visit

To volunteer, visit

Those interested in helping to sponsor lunch visit


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