Mount Union Holds Record Breaking MLK Day of Service
January 20, 2017
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Over 500 volunteers set out on Monday, January 16 as part of the University of Mount Union’s Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This record-breaking number of volunteers set out across 21 locations in the Alliance community, benefiting over 30 organizations.
“It is important to me for others to understand that at Mount Union, we are grooming future leaders,” said Abby Honaker, director of the Regula Center. “As a graduate, an employee, and the coordinator of these events, I am extremely proud of our students and the Alliance community for their contributions.”
Mount Union’s MLK Day of Service began seven years ago with around 100 volunteers, swelled to more than 400 in 2015, and has grown to over 500 this year. The number of community partners has increased from 11 at its inception to more than 30. Locations volunteers can select from for volunteering include the Alliance Community Pantry, Danbury Senior Living, Hartville Thrift Shoppe, the Rodman Public Library, and many others. These jobs entail duties such as cleaning, painting, crafting and organizing.
Many organizations across Alliance, such as the Alliance Community Pantry, the Valentine Project, Union Avenue United Methodist Church, the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Center, the Alliance Family YMCA, and more, spoke out via social media and other outlets to show their appreciation and give thanks to the hundreds of volunteers that gave their time on January 16.
Habitat Restore of Northern Columbiana County said, “The ReStore was blessed with help from the Mount Union Soccer team today in honor of Martin Luther King Day. What a wonderful group of young men! Thank you for giving up your day off to help others.
The University also celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. week with a presentation from Reverend P. Mandel Childs. His keynote speech, "Millennials: Movers and Shakers," was held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19 in Brush Performance Hall at the University of Mount Union.