Villanova Celebrates 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service

Villanova Celebrates 16th Annual MLK Day of Service

VILLANOVA, Pa.– Villanova University celebrates the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service. This event honors Dr. King’s vision of peace and social justice through participation in programs and service opportunities both on and off campus.

Villanova’s MLK Jr. Day of Service will take place on Monday, January 16, when people of all ages and backgrounds will come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers and move our nation closer to the "Beloved Community" that Dr. King envisioned. Members of the University community volunteer at Villanova or throughout the greater Philadelphia area. 

This year, volunteers will service over 15 locations throughout the region. Groups will participate in activities that highlight and commemorate Dr. King’s legacy, such as rejuvenating a community hall or church and serving food to those in need. 

There will be a send-off for the volunteers at the Jake Nevin Field House on Monday from 7-7:30 a.m. and the event committee members will be recognized during halftime at the Villanova men’s basketball game on Monday.

Additionally, Villanova will host a donation drive from January 9-16 to benefit the Bethesda Project. Items will be collected in the Talley Center lobby in commemoration of the MLK Jr. Day of Service. Donations will also be collected at the women's basketball game on Saturday, January 14, at 2 p.m., and at the men's basketball game on Monday, January 16, at noon, in the Finneran Pavilion. Please click here to see a list of requested donation items.

Sponsors of the MLK Jr. Day of Service include: The Villanova School of Business (Gold sponsor) and United Health Care, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Villanova University College of Nursing (Bronze sponsors). 

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit