MLS WORKS Community Service Program
Unite. Volunteer. Serve.
The MLS WORKS Community Service Program is a collaborative effort to combine sport and service, promote goodwill within MLS markets and improve lives and communities at the grassroots level. In 2009, the White House launched "United We Serve" - a nationwide service initiative - to help meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn. With the knowledge that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools, United We Serve aims to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own "do-it-yourself" projects. United We Serve is intended to grow into a sustained, collaborative and focused effort to promote service as a way of life for all Americans.
MLS WORKS will continue to support United We Serve and galvanize the entire soccer community including MLS clubs, players, supporters groups, fans, ownership groups and corporate and media partners to participate in Unite. Volunteer. Serve. Click here for more information on United We Serve.
Community Service Projects
MLS WORKS, in partnership with MLS clubs, create sustainable projects at MLS special events and in targeted local markets.
Learn more about our projects.
Community MVP Contest
Each year, the League recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to make a difference in their community. One (1) Community MVP is selected to represent each of the 19 MLS clubs. Each Community MVP is recognized, both nationally and locally and receives a Local Prize Package.
Winners are selected based on their efforts in one or more of the following areas:
- Social issues focusing on acceptance and equality
- Health issues affecting men, women or children
- Community Service for a local, national or international charity or community organization
From May 30 to June 20, MLS fans have the opportunity to nominate themselves or another individual who sets an example as a leader in the community and uses soccer as a tool to help make a positive impact.
One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice and a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game.
MLS WORKS 2012 Community MVP Grand Prize winner Andrew Pocklington represented the Philadelphia Union at last year's AT&T All-Star Game. Andrew won $10,000 for the Animal Care and Control Center of Philadelphia.
Humanitarian of the Month
Each month, MLS WORKS will highlight the charitable efforts of our players on MLSsoccer.com and make a donation to the player's charity of choice.
Click here for the Humanitarian of the Month archive.