Volunteers Make an Impact in Honor of MLK

January 20, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – University of Mount Union students, faculty, staff and community members created an outstanding impact by volunteering to serve the Alliance and surrounding communities during the MLK Day of Service this past Monday.

This year, more than 400 volunteers donated their time at 19 different locations benefiting 24 different organizations. Locations included the Serving Area Military Center in Massillon, Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, Feed My Sheep Ministries, the West Branch Booster Club, Danbury Senior Living, Alliance for Children and Families and the Alliance Community Pantry. Volunteers took part in activities such as painting, cleaning, organizing and assisting with various projects.

In addition to volunteering off campus, participants also had the opportunity to participate in on-campus service projects. These projects yielded more than 43 gallon bags of laundry detergent for those in need, 286 quarts of potato soup mix for the Meals on Wheels Program, 100 survival bracelets for Operation Gratitude and 100 care packages sent the local Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Prior to beginning their day of service, volunteers were asked to bring canned goods to donate to the Alliance Community Pantry.  In total, more than 100 pounds of food were donated to the pantry.

“The impact we were able to have this year was larger than any year prior,” said Abby Honaker, assistant director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. “After seeing everyone donate their time, I could not be more proud to not only be a graduate of Mount Union but also an employee and an Alliance community member.”

MLK Day of Service was part of a weeklong celebration to honor the impact made by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As a continuation of the celebration, motivational speaker Basheer Jones will present a keynote speech as a call for action on social injustices at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 21 in Presser Hall at the University of Mount Union. For more information, click here.

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