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Students to Participate in Martin Luther King Volunteer Challenge Saturday

Public Relations
Posted: Tuesday Jan 14, 2014

Jan. 14, 2014

Plans are underway for Saint Vincent College students to participate in the seventh annual MLK Challenge in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 18.

“This year our theme is ‘we are the dream’ and we will be working with food ministry,” Kelly King, director of service learning and community outreach at Saint Vincent College, and Jessica Adams, service learning and outreach coordinator, said. “Beginning at 8 a.m., students as well as some faculty and staff, will be volunteering at the Ligonier Food Pantry, Charter Oak Food Pantry, Greensburg Food Pantry and the Delmont Food Bank to prepare and pack senior lunch boxes. This year we are encouraging our volunteers to take pictures, 15-second videos, tweets and Instagram photos using the hashtag @MLK2014SVC to get the word out that the Saint Vincent community is treating it as a day on, not a day off.”

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 Jan. 18 and the campus will observe national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a series of commemorative activities on Monday, January 20.

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.

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