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 Presented by Wells Fargo

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, inclusion, diversity and equality
  • Health issues affecting men, women or children
  • Community Service for a local, national or international charity or community organization

From May 29, 2014 to July 6, 2014 MLS fans nominated themselves or another individual who set an example as a leader in the community and uses soccer as a tool to help make a positive impact.

Grand Prize voting took place from July 7, 2014 - July 25, 2014.  The Grand Prize winner was announced on July 25, 2014 from the @MLSWORKS Twitter account.

Congratulations to the 2014 MLS WORKS Community MVP Contest presented by Wells Fargo Grand Prize winner Bill Yoachim, representing the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Meet Bill Yoachim: The 2014 MLS WORKS Community MVP Grand Prize Winner

Learn More About the 2014 Community MVP Local Nominees