KU Students, Faculty and Staff Honor King with Day of Service
January 16, 2014
KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Almost 200 KU students, faculty and staff will work in volunteer service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy on Monday, Jan. 20. They will be joined by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country on this national day of service.
"Today we answer Dr. King's call to serve and are making a difference in the lives of Berks County residents," said Jerry Schearer, associate dean for inclusion and outreach. "A resourceful way to meet local needs, volunteer service is a powerful tool that builds strong communities. We are putting the core principles of Dr. King's vision into action."
Kutztown personnel will be at the following locations throughout the day:
• Opportunity House - preparing and serving lunch and then working on projects at the Second Street Learning Center
• Berks Food Bank - Packing food totes
• Children's Home of Reading - Painting murals in hallways and sorting/organizing/cleaning/fixing toys
• Easter Seals of Eastern PA - Helping move/organize in new office, cleaning, carrying boxes, organizing files.
• Friend Inc. - Restocking shelves, cleaning, sorting unused Christmas Toys
• BCIU Child Care - Assist in the classrooms
• Boys and Girls Club of Reading/Berks - Mentoring and assisting with an all-day MLK Day Program
• Weed and Seed of Reading - Cleaning/weeding; painting; trash pick-up
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that leads the annual MLK Day of Service, working with the King Center, Atlanta, and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses nationwide.
These projects include delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, reading to children, promoting nonviolence, and more.