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Students to Participate in Martin Luther King Volunteer Challenge Saturday

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Posted: Tuesday Jan 17, 2012

January 17, 2012

Plans are underway for 75 Saint Vincent College students to participate in the fourth MLK Challenge in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 21.

“We are forming teams of about ten students each who will get a challenging service assignment that day and will have just four hours to complete it,” Kelly King, director of service learning and community outreach at Saint Vincent College, said. “The teams will all meet in Alcuin Hall in the morning to get their assignments. Each team will get seed money of $50 to help them get started.”

Saint Vincent has partnered with several area organizations to provide services. They include Adelphoi Village, Nature Park Commons, Barnes House, Emeritus of Latrobe (Green Meadows), St. Vincent DePaul Store, Faith in Action and individuals in the community.

During the 1950s and 1960s, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals.

Initiated by Congress in 1994, the MLK Day of Service builds on that legacy by transforming the federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings on non-violence and social justice. The aim is to make the holiday “a day ON…not a day OFF,” where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers and move the nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned.

Saint Vincent will observe the MLK Challenge on Saturday, January 21 since the campus observed national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a series of commemorative activities on Monday, January 16.

The MLK Challenge is a way to transform Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community service that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need or it may meet a need of the spirit. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King’s legacy through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals and bridge barriers.