ServeOhio, in conjunction with AmeriCorps and the American Electric Power Foundation, provides grants to support community service projects organized for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January), Global Youth Service Day (April), ServeOhio Day (June), and Make a Difference Day (October). Non-profit and public organizations in Ohio including, but not limited to, volunteer connector organizations, school districts, community colleges, universities, and local governments are eligible to apply.
There are no current National Days of Service funding opportunities.
Please refer questions regarding National Days of Service Funding to Sarah Short, Volunteer Engagement Program Officer at Sarah.Short@serveohio.gov.
The projects selected for ServeOhio Day 2022 will be posted in late May.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Occurs on the third Monday in January
Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." Visit AmeriCorps for more information on MLK Day of Service,
Global Youth Service Day
Occurs in April
Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year. Visit Youth Service America for more information on Global Youth Service Day.
Occurs on the summer solstice
ServeOhio Day intentionally takes place on summer solstice, the day in the year with the longest period of daylight, to maximize participation in a number of service projects ranging from educating at-risk youth about summer safety to community clean-ups.
Make A Difference Day
Occurs on the fourth Saturday in October
Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of volunteering to meet community needs. Make A Difference Day, which takes place on the 4th Saturday in October, is held in partnership with Points of Light and corporate sponsors.
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