MLK Day of Service

MLK Day, January 16, 2012

A community celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.


Contact Stephanie Corbett for more information: 515-268-5323 or


Join an MLK Service Project:

  • Assemble care packages for families at ACCESS, the local domestic violence shelter
    • Sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Story County & United Ames
    • Location:  Auditorium of the Collegiate United Methodist & Wesley Foundation Annex (130 South Sheldon Ave, Ames 50014)
    • Time: 10am-12pm
    • Needs up to 50 volunteers
  • Accept, sort, & process donations at the Ames Goodwill
    • Location: Ames Goodwill, 3718 Lincoln Way
    • Time: 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm, scheduled time flexible
    • Needs up to 15 volunteers
  • Create  Greeting cards for Birthright of Ames' clients & donors
    • Location: Birthright of Ames, 108 Hayward Avenue
    • Time: Stop in between 10am and 4pm
    • Needs up to 25 volunteers, best for volunteers ages 4-16
  • Supermarket Stakeout food drive for the MICA food pantry
    • Sponsored by the Wesley Foundation
    • Location: various grocery stores
    • Time: 10am-2pm, for 1-2 hours
    • Needs a minimum of 8 volunteers
  • Clean & Organize Shelter Rooms
    • Sponsored by ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support)
    • Time: 10am-2pm, scheduled time flexible
    • Needs up to 15 volunteers

Click here to register for a service project!

If you've already signed-up to volunteer, please remember to print and fill out a photo release form (volunteers under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the form) and bring to the event.


Film and Discussion

Location: Collegiate United Methodist & Wesley Foundation Annex, 130 South Sheldon, Ames

Time: 1-3 pm

View the documentary, "Food Stamped;" with 1 out of 8 Americans on food assistance, this documentary explores America's food system & if people can eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget.  Following the film, discuss Story County's hidden hunger & how we can work toward Dr. King's vision of a community that does not allow hunger, poverty, & homelessness to exist.

High school age and older are encouraged to attend the film and discussion!

Learn more about the film HERE!

Sunday Supper

Location: First United Methodist Church (516 Kellogg Ave.)

Time: Sunday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., America's Sunday Supper invites people from all backgrounds to come together to share a meal, discuss issues that affect their community and highlight the power each person has to make a difference! In Ames, we’ll be gathering at First United Methodist Church (516 Kellogg Ave.) on Sunday, January 15 at 5:30.  The Sunday Supper will take place along with Food at First, the free meal program.  To sign up (not required, just helps with the planning), go to


Dr. King Birthday Celebration

Location: Ames Middle School

Time: 6-7:30pm

Have a slice of birthday cake and socialize at the Ames Middle School while enjoying music from the Ames High School Jazz Band from 6-6:30pm.

Program will begin at 6:30pm. A variety of community groups will present songs, skits and speeches celebrating the life and inspiration of Dr. King.

Food Drive

A food drive will be conducted throughout MLK Day - canned food and other nonperishable food items can be dropped off at the Collegiate United Methodist & Wesley Foundation Annex's auditorium during the day (9am-4pm) or at the Celebration event in the evening.  Donations will be donated to the MICA food pantry.