MLK Jr. Weekend of Action

MLK Jr. Weekend of Action, January 17th – 20th, 2014

OACS invites you to join the Vanderbilt community in a weekend of action and
reflection as we honor the contributions of Dr. King in seeking justice and
challenging the discourse on civil (dis)obedience. This year we will also
honor the contributions of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela as an example of justice
and equality worldwide.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to
join us for projects that address specific community needs through intentional
service and action.

OACS Reflections on Service and Social Justice

January 20th, 5:00-6:00pm in the OACS Lounge
Students, faculty and staff that dedicated time to service over the weekend are invited to a reflect with us on their experiences through the lens of our great social justice leaders, MLK Jr. and Nelson Mandela.


Please head to our ANCHOR LINK WEEKEND OF SERVICE page to register a project or sign up to participate in one.
If you would like to submit a request for grant funding for your project, please click HERE for more information and the proposal form.

Sign up to particpate on a project HERE

We have multiple projects to sign up for and even more to come!
Here are our current opportunities:
Date Time Sponsoring Group Project Project Description Contact Sign Up
Friday, January 17th
9:00am-5:00pm LGBTQI Life Nashville CARES We will be working with Nashville CARES to stuff condom kits as well as learn about the processes and services of Nashville CARES. Nashville CARES  Sign Up
10:00am-2:00pm S.H.A.D.E.S. (Serving, Helping,   and Affirming the Divinity in Every Sista) Community Food Advocates We will engage in outreach about food assistance programs at local soup kitchens   and community meal sites in East Nashville. Communtiy Food Advocates Sign Up
12:30-4:00pm Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital We will be working at stations consisting of tables with 2-3 volunteers. Each station will have one of five activities, which are UV Light and Sunprints, Straw Rockets, Cryogenics, Lava Lamps, and Polymer Worm. Each activity will take approximately 1-5 minutes and are simple enough for children ages 5 and up to comprehend. Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital Sign Up
2:00-4:00pm AMIGOS Conexiones Americas We will be serving at the office of Conexiones Americas, a non-profit organization that supports the Latino community in Nashville. Conexiones Americas Sign Up
4:30-7:00pm MESA and MSA Nashville Rescue Mission We will serve dinner to guests in the dining room, help with the preparation of food items, and light cleanup. Nashville Rescue Mission Sign Up
4:30-7:00pm Vanderbilt College Republicans Room in the Inn We will cook dinner for 50-70 individuals experiencing homelessness. We will hear about their lives and learn more about charitable organizations in Nashville. Room in the Inn Sign Up
Saturday, January 18th
9:00am-12:00pm Vanderbilt Alternative Spring Break Second Harvest Food Bank We will help sort donated food for Middle Tennessee families who need a helping hand. Second Harvest Food Bank
9:00am-3:00pm Vandy PAWS Freedom Farms Animal Sanctuary We will be working with Freedom Farms Animal Sanctuary to help socialize their cats and dogs. They will also discuss the responsibilities and expectations of adopting an animal to those interested. Freedom Farms Sign Up
9:30-11:00am VPHIS Morningside of Belmont We are hoping to get performing arts groups or individual students to play instruments/ sing for the residents. If we do not have enough performers, we will facilitate games, such as Pictionary, for the residents. Morningside of Belmont Sign Up
10:00am-1:00pm Manna Project International Hands On Nashville We will paint gymnasiums, game rooms, and more. Volunteers should wear clothes that they do not mind getting dirtied, long pants and closed toed shoes. Hands On Nashville Sign Up
10:00am-2:00pm Vanderbilt Interfaith Council Vanderbilt Office of University Chaplain and Religious Life We will clean the garden between the building and the annex in order to create a zen garden. We will also weed, sand, and build benches. Vanderbilt OUCRL Sign Up
10:00am-2:00pm Juggling and Physical Arts Tools for Schools We will help with construction projects, such as building desks or installing shelves, to provide a better learning environment for students. Tools for Schools Sign Up

****has  been changed to Monday, January 20th. ***

Vanderbilt Initiative for Vegetarian Awareness Nashville Humane Association We will assist the humane association in its shelter, by doing daily chores, such as cleaning kennels and feeding animals. Nashville Humane Association Sign Up
11:00am-1:00pm Are You Making a Difference? Loaves and Fishes We will work in a soup kitchen by serving meals to individuals in need. Volunteers will also be able to speak with guests and provide them with greeting cards that will be mailed to their loved ones. Loaves and Fishes Sign Up
11:30-4:30pm MLK Joint Service Day with Belmont, TSU, Trevecca and Vanderbilt MCKISSACK MIDDLE SCHOOL / 2ND HARVEST FOOD BANK / HADLEY PARK / PROJECT C.U.R.E. Participants will join more than 300 volunteers from local colleges and universities to paint McKissack Middle School, alleviate hunger in Middle TN through sorting food at Second Harvest Food Bank, sort medical supplies at Project C.U.R.E. and help out at Hadley Park Community Center. Joint MLK Day of Service Sign Up
Two Shifts 9:00am-1200pm and 1:00-4:00pm Vanderbilt CKI Hands on Nashville We will send a team of Vanderbilt students to be project workers and leaders at MLK Weekend of Action for Hands on Nashville. Once we assemble a team, we will be assigned to a Fire Station that we will clean/paint and beautify. Hands on Nashvile Firehall Sign Up
1:00-4:00pm SPEAR Friends of Warner Park We will aide the Friends of Warner Parks in the removal of invasive plant species around Edwin Warner Park. Friends of Warner Park Sign Up
2:00-4:00pm Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science We will construct “kits” containing the materials needed to teach VSVS science lessons. These kits will be sent out to rural communities throughout Tennessee that our organization cannot normally reach out to. VSVS School Kit Sign Up
Thursday, January 23rd****
4:00pm-8:00pm International Students and   Services Dismas House We will serve dinner and share a meal with Dismas House residents. Dismas House Sign Up