2023 MLK Civic Service Series

The City of Dublin is proud to introduce the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Service Series. This is a collection of volunteer service and community impact discussions to honor Reverend King’s vision of creating a Beloved Community where people are committed to nonviolence and love.

Impact Talks and Service Projects

Join us for impact talks followed by service projects in January, April, September and November to keep sharing Rev. King’s message year-round throughout Dublin.

Monday, Jan. 16 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Impact Talk: Syntero will share information about mental wellness and how to prevent isolation.
  • Service Project: This is a family-friendly volunteer project in conjunction with Dublin’s senior living facilities. People will come together to create caring cards and paper placemats for local seniors. Groups of volunteers will take cards and placemats to assigned senior living facilities.
  • Location: Dublin Community Recreation Center, Community Hall; Dublin senior living facilities
  • Time (Two Sessions Available): 10 a.m. | 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 15

  • Impact Talk: The Dublin Historical Society will explain Dublin’s historic core.
  • Service Project: This day will include three service projects: cemetery preservation, Grounds of Remembrance cleanup, and street planter box planting
  • Location: in the community
  • Registration for the event opens March 1.

September (date to be announced)

  • Impact Talk: Neighbors in needs will be the focus of this project day. The Dublin Food Pantry, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Neighborhood Bridges and One Dublin will join the discussion.
  • Service Project: There will be donation collection points and distributions areas to benefit the Dublin Food Pantry, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Neighborhood Bridges and One Dublin.
  • Location: in the community

Saturday, Nov. 4

  • Impact Talk: Forever Dublin representatives and Washington Township Fire Department will talk about home safety for older adults
  • Service Project: Volunteers will help seniors with home winterization for senior homes, such as changing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Location: Neighborhood-based with volunteers assigned to homes for leaf collection and home checks

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Tweet

Make It a Day ‘On,’ Not a Day ‘Off’

Monday, Jan. 16, is not just a day to remember Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. Here in Dublin, it’s a way to honor and participate in our community. Find a way to complete an impactful at-home service project that gets the whole family involved or branch out into volunteering around your neighborhood.

Volunteer with the City of Dublin

Serve your community! Volunteer engagement is a hallmark in Dublin, and we’re grateful when residents or visitors sign up to offer their support. Apply now.

Spread Joy through Art

Lift spirits in your neighborhood with kind messages and cheerful art displays in your window, sidewalks or driveway. Anyone passing by will a get a boost of happiness and joy as they smile at your handmade creations. Get ideas here.

Litter Cleanup

Walk to your nearest park, stream, tree line or bike path. Wear gloves (garden or disposable) and take trash bags with you to collect litter. Take a separate bag to collect recyclable items!

Neighborly Good Deeds

Check on your neighbors, especially elderly and vulnerable residents who could use a little extra help. Shoveling driveways and walkways or helping with yardwork. Even something as simple as a phone call or scheduling daily waves from your window could go a long way. Sign up to be a Dublin Snow Angel after the next winter storm.

Plan to Attend the City’s DEI Meetings

The City of Dublin formed diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) groups in 2020 in response to calls for racial equity and inclusion in our country. Anyone can attend an upcoming Dublin Police Chief’s Advisory Committee meeting or the Community Inclusion Advisory Committee, which both meet monthly. Read more about Dublin’s DEI initiatives.

Send Letters to Seniors

Write letters for older adults who are staying at local living facilities. Offer words of encouragement, tell stories, share your favorite activities or create sunny, cheerful drawings and pictures that can be admired. If you need help connecting with a facility, send us an email: volunteer@dublin.oh.us. 

Send Cards to Soldiers and Veterans

Write letters or create patriotic cards, drawings and other homemade items to share encouragement and gratitude with soldiers overseas and veterans here at home. Learn more about Operation Gratitude.

Stay Connected

Connect with grandparents, seniors, neighbors and friends through video calling, selfies, photos of pets, etc. These methods could be vital to combat isolation, especially for anyone spending many hours at home.

Support Native Wildlife

Fun fact: Not all birds fly south for the winter; some native birds stick around our wintery landscape and need help to survive. Food and fresh water are scarce during the winter months. Try setting out a large bowl of water each day and leaving out dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, etc., but be careful using dried grapes if you have outdoor pets). Learn more.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Tweet

Hold a Sunday Supper at Home

Sunday Supper was inspired by Rev. King’s vision of people from diverse backgrounds interacting on personal levels to embrace and celebrate our differences while cultivating racial and cultural understanding through conversation. People are encouraged to share a meal and discuss issues that affect their communities, such as unemployment, homelessness, education and hunger. The events often happen around MLK Day, but you can hold them any time of the year for groups big and small to promote service to others.

Talk about it. Together, read Dr. King’s legacy and iconic “I Have a Dream” speech or his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Here are some great starters:

  1. What’s our reaction to these historic moments?
  2. How are we included as diverse members of this community?
  3. How are we “includers” to our diverse neighbors?
  4. Do we actively learn about other cultures? What have we learned so far?
  5. Have we asked what it feels like for others to feel more connected to our community?
  6. How have we, as a family, made deliberate actions to be inclusive?

Reminisce and recall. Discuss with older adults in your family or neighborhood who may remember Rev. King and the movement. Ask where they were, what their reactions were at the time, and how things have progressed, regressed or changed since then.

Read. Discover the great books recommended by the Columbus Metropolitan Library Dublin Branch.

Discover. Learn more about Rev. King’s legacy at the following sites:

Connect. Follow organizations with the mission of serving diversity, equity and inclusion in the central Ohio community. Search the Central Ohio community for organizations that serve specific missions of inclusion in all communities, such as the LGBTQ+ community, those who are aging, all faiths and cultural inclusion groups.

Serve. Volunteer engagement is a hallmark in Dublin, and we’re grateful when residents or visitors sign up to offer their support. Apply now. Or, inquire at any organization that is seeking volunteers throughout Central Ohio.

Be kind. Discuss action steps to express kindness. Some suggested conversation starters:

  1. Is kindness our habit? What are some examples of our kindnesses toward each other, our neighbors, our school and work mates and strangers?
  2. What could we do tomorrow that would be a random act of kindness to someone?
  3. How does an act of kindness matter a month from now? A year from now?
  4. Who is especially isolated? How can we connect them with kindness?
  5. How do we express kindness in ways other than gifts?

Public Records Request Overview

In order to support faster response and better tracking of requests, the City of Dublin uses JustFOIA to collect, respond to and manage public information requests.

Why JustFOIA?

JustFOIA is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) online application that helps streamline the open records request process for the community and improve efficiencies in getting requested information quickly and accurately.

The application lets community members submit requests for all city records, including police reports. Commonly requested information includes accident reports, copies of resolutions and body-camera video.

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Mission

We are and always have been a proud local democracy. In our service, we strive to provide the best quality of life and environment in which our residents and businesses can thrive. We seek to ally our proud traditions with the best innovations of the future.

Vision

A global city of choice. Vibrant. Innovative. Engaged.

Core Values

Integrity, Respect, Communication, Teamwork, Accountability, Positive Attitude & Dedication to Service.

The City of Dublin operates under a set of seven key core values: integrity, respect, communication, teamwork, accountability, positive attitude and dedication to service. Staff members use these seven values as the basis for daily decision-making, including the decisions that go into the budget process.

  • Integrity. We are open and honest. We honor our commitments to the community and each other. Our actions are consistent with what we say.
  • Respect. We treat our coworkers and members of the community with courtesy and dignity. We embrace diversity and acknowledge the needs, responsibilities and inherent worth of each individual.
  • Communication. We maintain an environment in which employees feel free to share ideas and information. We promote open interaction throughout the organization to ensure knowledge and understanding among all employees and our community.
  • Teamwork. We create a climate in which all employees work together and support the individual talents and contributions of team members. We celebrate successes and see mistakes as opportunities for growth; we will never willingly let a member of our team fail.
  • Accountability. We are responsible to our community and each other for our personal and organizational decisions, actions and performance results. We are committed stewards of our City’s assets and resources.
  • Positive Attitude. We focus our efforts on constructive behavior, attitudes and solutions. We promote an environment that people love going to every day – a place where each individual can find a sense of belonging, inspiration, enjoyment and meaning.
  • Dedication to Service. We pursue innovation and continuous improvement in all we do. We are committed to efficient, effective and responsive service delivery that makes a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Leadership Philosophy

We are members of an organization that succeeds because of teamwork, dedication, diversity and the innovative spirit of all of   our members. Together, we build a culture of trust, service, mutual respect, inclusion and open communication. We hold ourselves mutually accountable to promote and sustain continuous learning and to develop the learning potential that exists in every member of our team.

City Code

The complete Dublin City Code is available online at American Legal City Ordinance website. Information staff at the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library are available to help navigate this website.

Revised Charter of Dublin, Ohio

This Revised Charter, as adopted on March 19, 1996, became effective on July 4, 1996.

Zoning Code

The Zoning Code for Dublin is Chapter 153 of the Dublin Code of Ordinances. The Zoning Code sets land development requirements and establishes different uses within individual districts. Zoning regulations address the physical development of a site, such as building height, lot requirements, setbacks from lot lines, minimum numbers of parking spaces, sign types and sizes, and other related regulations.

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