Nearly 400 Participate in Day of Service
January 20, 2014
ALLIANCE, Ohio — Nearly 400 University of Mount Union students, faculty and staff members along with members of the Alliance area community participated in the University of Mount Union’s annual MLK Day of Service on Monday.
“We are so proud of our students and community members who chose to spend their day volunteering in the community,” said event organizer Abby Honaker, assistant director of the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at Mount Union. “Because of the many volunteers, numerous organizations were able to accomplish tasks that may have otherwise seemed overwhelming.”
Volunteers completed various tasks for locations including Stuckey Family Interfaith Childhood Development Center, Meals on Wheels, Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, Feed My Sheep Ministries, Men’s Challenge of Alliance, Alliance Community Pantry, American Red Cross, Alliance Historical Society, Rodman Public Library, Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, Habitat for Humanity of Salem, Bel Air Senior Living, Sterling House, Roselawn Terrace, Alliance for Children and Families, Alliance Friends Church, The Stock Pile, Christ United Methodist Church/Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity and Beechcreek Botanical Garden.
“Our volunteers performed a number of tasks including visiting with nursing home patients, cleaning the Alliance Community Pantry and remodeling the home of an Alliance family in conjunction with Alliance Friends Church,” Honaker said. “It’s inspiring to see so many young people giving back to the community.”
Recently, the TODAY Show launched Shine a Light, a year-long project focused on service and giving back to communities in need. Anchors on the show picked a worthy cause to raise awareness of and support throughout 2014. The University of Mount Union decided to join in its effort by shining a light on the need to empower youth in the community and across the globe.
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service served as the University's kick-off event. Many of the project sites serve area youth, giving them a comfortable, safe and empowering environment in which to thrive.