MLK Day of Service


Taking place each year on the third Monday in January every year, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service (MLK Day) is the only federal holiday that is also designated by Congress as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” Participation in service activities has grown each year as more Americans are encouraged to provide meaningful change in their communities. Whether service meets a tangible need, such as fixing up a school or senior center, builds a sense of community or mutual responsibility. In Frederick, we will be completing community-based projects for all ages including making pillows, blankets, kindness rocks, kindness wall art, bookmarks, and other crafts to be shared through the communities we serve.

No matter the choice, service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. It breaks down barriers by bringing people from different backgrounds together and it benefits those who choose to serve. Coretta Scott King said, “The greatest birthday gift my husband could receive is if people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds celebrated the holiday by performing individual acts of kindness through service to others.”  

As stewards of America's lands and natural resources, the work we do epitomizes Dr. King’s belief in the power of service, as expressed in his legendary quote, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” In keeping with Dr. King’s example, let us embrace the belief that our destiny is shared and accept our obligations to each other, future generations, and the American people by strengthening the bonds that hold together the most diverse Nation on earth.  Each one of us can help answer his call by pledging to love and serve.

To learn more about becoming an MLK Day sponsor, contact Lisa Clark, ASTAR Director, at 301-697-3359.




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We are an AmeriCorps grantee and receive funds as part of their State and National Program as well as the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism 

National Days of Service

January 15, 2024
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

April 21-27, 2024
National Volunteer Week

September 11
9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

October 26, 2024
Make a Difference Day

November 11
Veterans Day


Contact ASTAR

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Lisa Clark
Director, ASTAR

University of System of Maryland - Hagerstown
32 W. Washington St, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301.697.3359
Fax: 301.687.7049