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Students preparing meal at MLK Day of Service site

Why One Day Service Events?

Our One-Day Service Events program (ODSE) was designed to provide members of the AU community with a myriad of opportunities to connect with the diverse communities of Washington, DC. Although this program primarily focuses on the facilitation of short-term community service projects, we've made several enhancements that allow participants to experience deeper levels of community engagement during our seven sponsored ODSE events each year.  Whether you're an AU student, alum, staff or faculty member, we hope you'll consider serving with us soon!

Meet with a CCES Staff Member

Interested in coordinating an community service project? Would like to get more involved in the District?  Speak with Jose E. Cadiz by calling (202) 885-3627 or e-mail at 

Ongoing Service Opportunities

We sincerely hope our students participate in meaningful short-term service opportunities that inspire them to deepen their engagement with vulnerable communities. Check out EngageNet for some ongoing service opportunities for committed students.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week 2018

This year, MLK Day of Service will take place on Sunday, January 14-19, 2018.

MLK Week will provide attendees the opportunity to learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement through volunteer engagement in Washington, DC communities, lectures, panel discussions, performing arts, music, and workshops. This is a campus-wide initiative with direct support from a variety of campus and community partners. We look forward to having you all support by attending our events. 

Our Day of Service this year is co sponsored by Student Activities, Fraternity & Sorority Life, The Office of Sustainability, Eagle Endowment and Kay Spiritual Life Center. The AU community will honor Dr. King's vision of a community generated by love on Monday, January 15, 2017.

Trip to MLK Memorial 

Join the Center for Community Engagement as we unite in solidarity and remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (there will be a reflection component)

12PM-1PM Meet in MGC Corner Lounge (Light Refreshments) 

1PM-1:45PM Travel to MLK Memorial

2PM-3:30PM Program begins

3:30pm Return to AU

MLK Day of Service

  • 8:30AM - 9:15AM - Participant check-in, breakfast, and opening ceremony

  • 9AM- Program Begins MGC Tavern

  • 9:45- Last minute remarks and Dismiss Sites

  • 9:45AM - Volunteers depart campus

  • 10:45AM - 11AM Site orientation

  • 11:00AM - 2:00PM Service Project

  • 2:00PM - 3:30 On-site reflection/ Lunch

  • 3:30PM - Volunteers depart site

Join us for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. theatrical commentary on Dr. Kings Legacy.

Fades & Fellowship is a theatrical commentary set behind the backdrop of a barbershop that delves deeply into some of the most central issues affecting not only the communities in which the barbershops reside, but also the larger collective consciousness of America – issues ranging from educational inequities to racism and homophobia, from entrepreneurship and wealth consciousness to police brutality, and from health and image to relationship wellness.
It combines the power of reflective storytelling with the raw and culturally significant setting of the barbershop. This experience invites you into the world of barbers and the community of the barbershop as part of a provocative, unscripted, and narratively responsible storytelling experience.

Fades & Fellowship is both theatrical and conversational, simultaneously simple and complex. The experience is a celebration of both the raconteur who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life and the storytelling novice who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the show dances between documentary and theater in a unique, intimate, and enlightening experience.
Each show starts with a theme that the barbers explore, often in unexpected and thought-provoking ways, and includes facilitated small group discussions on how to be part of the effort to affect change.

7pm-9pm Kay Spiritual Center

Movie Night – civil rights inspired movie

MLK Reception” – Our first annual celebration honoring the legacy of MLK Jr. Dinner & MLK Service Award ceremony. Eagle Endowment MLK Grant Awards

Dr. Seuss Day of Service

Dr. Seuss Day is a birthday celebration of the famous author. Join the Center for Community Engagement and Service and Read Across America in celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday! Volunteer visit several District elementary schools to read and play games with students.

Dr. Seuss Day festivities represent more than just the celebration of a century of literary achievements by one of America's most beloved authors; the use of rhyming patterns make his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be life-long readers. More importantly, literacy is a fundamental tool that helps ensure students reach their highest potential and develop into well-rounded leaders of tomorrow!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Volunteer to read with local elementary schools to promote literacy! On March 1st, you will have the opportunity to read to children between grades pre-kindergarten and third grade. Transportation will be provided for volunteers.


  • 8:45am Volunteers check in (MGC 2)
  • 9:00am Depart from AU
  • 9:30am Arrive at school
  • 11:30am Depart from school
  • 12:00pm Arrive back at AU