National Days of Service Funding


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. 


MLK Day of Service 2022

ServeOhio will fund 9 projects for MLK Day 2022. These projects will occur in 7 cities and involve nearly 300 volunteers.

  • Community Food Initiatives, Athens – Volunteers will install ADA-approved raised garden beds at several community gardens to make them more accessible.
  • Elder Tree Forest School, Dayton – Volunteers will remove invasive plant species and add compost and woodchips throughout a trail. Volunteers will also add an information board to share information with the community regarding the trail and other ecological projects or events.
  • Focus Learning Academy of Northern Columbus, Columbus – Students will work together to compile community resources and pass out food in partnership with INPREM, a local subsidiary of the Mid-Ohio Food Collective.
  • Franklinton Farms, Columbus – Volunteer crew will build raised beds, improve irrigation, mulch growing sites, and pass out home-growing kits to community gardens and neighbors across Columbus.
  • Geary Family YMCA, Fostoria – Student and adult volunteers will paint the gymnasium in preparation for new wall pads.
  • OneEighty, Wooster – Volunteers will put together self-care bags for residents or the emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Rebuilding Together Dayton, Dayton – Volunteers will put together Fix-It-Kits consisting of smoke and CO2 detectors, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, cleaning supplies, and exterior security lights to help homeowners age in place in a safe and healthy home.
  • Ursuline College, Pepper Pike – Students will engage with residents at local nursing homes through writing cards and delivering gift bags with wellness activities.
  • Wyandot County Public Health, Upper Sandusky – Volunteers will add a shed and picnic table to the community garden.



Current Funding

There are no current National Days of Service funding opportunities. Applications for Global Youth Service Day will open mid-February.




ServeOhio Days of Service 

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. 

ServeOhio 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.