Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteer Service Project


Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Through Awareness and Service

LWTech’s Workforce Development Office, United Way of King County, the RISE Center, and the LWTech Fitness program are coming together for a Volunteer Service Project! Following a campus-wide food drive, donated food items will be distributed to people in our community dealing with food insecurity.

LWTech plans to implement a multifaceted, volunteer service project that honors Dr. King’s legacy and his fight against poverty and inequality. The center of our project is a Community Resource Fair that will be held at LWTech on January 11th. This event will bring community and college resources together in one location to support low-income, marginalized populations who face multiple barriers. Services will include housing, transportation, food assistance, TANF, mental health, immigrant/refugee services, health & dental care, training & education, domestic violence, disability support, and others. 

 Prior to the resource fair, LWTech will launch a 2 month long campus-wide food drive to collect non-perishable food items for people suffering from food insecurity. During the food drive, information will be provided to students, staff, and faculty about poverty and hunger in America in order to bring awareness to the food insecurity crisis. Student volunteers will assist in creating materials for this campaign, and the college community will be asked to contribute to the food drive and to volunteer their time in preparation for the Resource Fair.  

On January 10th, a team of over 20 volunteers will gather to assemble food bags. This will be done in our open mall area to bring greater awareness of the project and the issues around food insecurity. On January 11th, prior to our Fair, volunteers will participate in an educational workshop facilitated by our Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion. Volunteers will learn about food insecurity, will explore which communities are disproportionately affected, and the systemic reasons at the root of this disparity. Volunteers will learn about the legacy of Dr. King and brainstorm concrete actions that will contribute to a more just and equitable society.  Following the workshop, volunteers will welcome attendees to the fair and hand out the pre-assembled food bags to those in need.

LWTech MLK Volunteer Service Project will consist of the following:

This project will incorporate Dr. King’s legacy to fight against poverty and inequality for individuals facing one or more of the barriers listed below, that low-income, marginalized populations face on a daily basis. 

 The LWTech Community Resource Fair will target low-income, marginalized populations who may face barriers including the following:

  • Training & Education
  • DSHS Program Assistance
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Nutritional Challenges
  • Disability Support Services
  • Poverty
  • Mental Health
  • Healthcare / Dental Care 

Poverty and hunger in America:  Even in the world’s greatest food-producing nation, children and adults face poverty and hunger in every county across America. In 2016:

  • 41 million people struggle with hunger in the United States, including 13 million children. In 2015, 5.4 million seniors struggled to afford enough to eat.
  • A household that is food insecure has limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.
  • Households with children were more likely to be food insecure than those without children
  • 59% of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the major federal food assistance program — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps); the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (often called WIC)

Source: Feeding America

Pre-Event Happening


11/7/17 – 1/5/18

Food Drive - A campus-wide will be held for non-perishable food items that will be used to assemble food pantry bags prior to the event that will be given out to those in need at the January 11th, 2018 Community Resource Fair. The food drive will run from 11/7/17 thru 1/5/18.

Day Before Event


11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Food Bag Assembly: 20+ Recruited volunteers will meet in the East Mall area at designated spot to assemble food bags that will be given out at the January 11th, 2018 resource fair.  The goal is to recruit a minimum of 10 volunteers consisting of staff, faculty, and students, to help assemble the bags.  This will be done in the East Mall area in the open, so that people passing by can also stop and help make a bag if they would like to.    

Day of Event


10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Prior to the resource fair, volunteers will participate in an educational workshop facilitated by LWTech’s Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion. In this workshop, participants will learn about who is impacted by food insecurity at a national, state, and county level. Specifically, they will explore which communities are disproportionately facing food insecurity and the systemic reasons at the root of this disparity. Participants will also brainstorm concrete actions, past volunteering on MLK day each year, that will contribute to a more just and equitable society.”

11 a.m. to 1p.m. 

Volunteers will staff a “Welcome Table” at the resource fair and will host a designated food drive table at the resource fair to pass out the pre-assembled food drive bags to those in need.