Volunteers Sought for Annual MLK Day of Service

January 14, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement is seeking community volunteers for the upcoming MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 19.

This marks the 20th year for Mount Union’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations, with service projects being a component for many years. The MLK Day of Service has gone from around 100 volunteers in 2010 to nearly 500 in 2014 and the number of community partners participating has increased from 11 to more than 30.  

One of my favorite things about attending Mount Union are the endless opportunities to serve the Alliance community, such as MLK Day of Service,” said senior Mackenzie Shivers, a marketing and management major of Salem, Ohio. “Each year, I participate in this event not only because I enjoy volunteering, but because I love seeing my fellow students getting off campus and getting involved. I'm always pleasantly surprised by what a positive impact just a few hours of service can have on local organizations.”

This year, the Regula Center received a grant to support the MLK Day of Service. As one of 24 recipients nationally, the Regula Center successfully secured the grant, which is funded by the Corporation for National Community Service and administered by Hope Worldwide. A main focus area for these dollars is to be disaster relief and prevention and fire prevention. Because of this focus and the need in the Alliance community, volunteers will assist the Alliance Fire Department in installing smoke detectors at a variety of locations. Additionally, volunteers will make disaster relief kits for the Stark County chapter of the American Red Cross.

Other service projects for the morning include working at the Alliance Community Pantry, Men’s Challenge of Alliance, Auburn Skilled Nursing, the Alliance Catholic Worker and the Alliance Historical Black History Museum, among others. To see a full list of  service locations and sign up to volunteer, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kEXWD7hZ1VeF-XTCPFrjILI7ypHbmdImsMMwJButSYs/viewform?usp=send_form

Volunteers are asked to register by the end of this week and arrive between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. on Monday in the Peterson Field House. At that time, volunteers will receive packets with information about their location and a free T-shirt. All volunteers are invited to return to Campus Grounds for lunch at noon.

For more information on MLK Day of Service, contact Abby Honaker at (330) 204-4663 or at honakeal@mountunion.edu.

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