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MLK Jr. Day of Service

We're going virtual, but you can still pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through at-home service and education!

Due to the rising COVID-19 numbers, Pay It Forward has transitioned the in-person Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2022 to a virtual experience this year. To continue honoring Dr Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, will still be hosting our educational sessions of educational and judicial equity in a virtual space, and will additioinally be handing out at-home service kits for students to complete community service in an socially distant capacity. Please see further information below on how to continue to celebrate Dr Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy safely from home.


Schedule of Events

Update (1/20): Please note that the At-Home Service Kit sign-up is currently CLOSED due to an amazing but unprecedented amount of interest! Students who have already completed the form will be emailed with pick-up or waitlist information. Thank you so much for helping us make this at-home service opportunity an incredible success! Students who still wish to give back may contact My Very Own Blanket directly to learn more about how to make your own blanket kits at home.

  • At-Home Service Kit Pick-Up: Thursday, January 20th (3PM - 6PM) and Friday, January 21st (12PM - 3PM) - Ohio Union Info Desk
    • Help us safely give back to the community in honor of Dr King Jr! At-home service kits will be available for students to pick-up at the Ohio Union Info Desk on Thursday, January 20th from 3PM - 6PM and Friday, January 21st from 12PM - 3PM. Completed tie-blankets will be going to children in the foster care system through My Very Own Blanket and to the animals housed at Columbus Humane. Return your completed service-kits to the Ohio Union Info Desk by January 31st for the chance to receive a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service shirt.
    • All students must register to receive the service kit here and will receive a conformation email from our team with pick-up instructions.
    • If you are interested in picking-up an at-home service kit but are unavailable at the times above, please email our team at for coordination of an alternative pick-up date.


  • Educational Session: Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Closing the Gap in Education: Advancing Educational Equity


  • Educational Session: Thursday, January 20th, 2022 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Closing the Gap in the Criminal Justice System


Please email Pay It Forward at