More than 200 UNCG students will spend Monday, Jan. 18, living out the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders at UNCG’s annual MLK Day of Service event.

For the eighth straight year, students will gather together in teams of 10-15 to participate in service projects throughout Greensboro. The event, sponsored by the Office of Leadership & Service-Learning (OLSL) and organized by a student committee, begins at 9 a.m. and ends with lunch and a time of reflection.

“It’s really special to be able to give back to a community like Greensboro that has such a strong civil rights history,” said Kristina Snader, assistant director for community engagement for OLSL. “We’re excited to be a catalyst for our students’ involvement in the greater Greensboro community.”

UNCG is partnering with a variety of local nonprofits, including the Interactive Resource Center, the YWCA of Greensboro and BackPack Beginnings, an organization that serves nearly 4,000 children experiencing hunger and trauma in Greensboro and the surrounding area.

“We are pleased to open our office on MLK Day to UNCG students who will be working with our Food BackPack and Food Pantry programs,” said Parker White, BackPack Beginnings founder and volunteer executive director. “The need is high – Guilford County is ranked No. 1 in the nation for food insecurity – but we can make an impact when we have help from community partners like UNCG.”

The event is one of two annual, university-wide days of service that encourage students to live out the university’s motto of “Service.” Both MLK Day of Service and Spartan Service Day, which takes place in August, provide students with the unique opportunity to get off campus and volunteer with community partners.

“From a very young age, I was taught the importance of giving your time to those who are less fortunate,” said UNCG senior Regina Da Silva, who serves on the student planning committee for MLK Day of Service. “Coming to UNCG ignited my passion for serving others. It’s been very humbling to serve not only my university, but the community as a whole.”

MLK Day of Service is sponsored by a $1,000 Campus Compact grant that helps provide lunch and transportation for volunteers.

To learn more about the event and to register as a team or as an individual, visit


Students, employees and alumni who perform service work on Monday are encouraged to share photos of their work with the campus community on social media. Tag photos using #UNCGservice on Twitter and Instagram.


Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Relations