More Than 400 Participate in Day of Service
January 21, 2015
ALLIANCE, Ohio – More than 400 University of Mount Union students, faculty and staff members, along with members of the Alliance area community, participated in the University’s annual MLK Day of Service on Monday.
Volunteers paid tribute to the late Martin Luther King Jr. as they painted, organized, cleaned, repaired and spread cheer to 26 local agencies on Monday. Projects included stocking shelves at the Alliance Community Pantry, replacing light bulbs in the sanctuary at Feed My Sheep Ministries and making laundry detergent and soup mixes for the YWCA of Alliance.
According to Gloria Whiteley-Magrath, executive director of the YWCA, the laundry detergent will be used for residents and the Women’s Career Clothing Closet so women can sharpen their appearance by laundering clothes they receive. The soup mix goes to the YWCA’s home-based and congregate dining Meals on Wheels program.
“It’s great to have the mixes because there are some days when we can’t deliver and all they need to do is add water and heat and they have lunch, which is really important during these winter months,” Whiteley-Magrath said.
Mount Union sophomore Kristen Jackson, a middle childhood education major of Hiram, Ohio, volunteered at Anchor House on Monday.
“Giving back to the community is always a rewarding experience but I loved working at Anchor House this year to hear about all the things they are doing or plan to do,” Jackson said. “MLK Day of service is a great way for students to reach out and give back to Alliance and just appreciate all the opportunities and things that we tend to take for granted.”
Other local agencies assisted by Monday’s Day of Service included Beechcreek Botanical Gardens, Alliance Historical Society, Habitat for Humanity, Pegasus Farm, Men’s Challenge, Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, Alliance YMCA and the Black History Museum.
“Mount Union students, faculty and staff, along with many members of the surrounding community, generously gave of their time to make the annual MLK Day of Service a success,” said event organizer Abby Honaker, assistant director of the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. “The MLK Day of Service is always a great way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and give back to the many local organizations which help others on a daily basis.”