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Students to Participate in Martin Luther King Volunteer Challenge Saturday

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Posted: Thursday Jan 17, 2013

Jan. 17, 2013

Plans are underway for Saint Vincent College students to participate in the sixth annual MLK Challenge in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 19.

“This year the student group Visionaries of H.O.P.E. chose the communities that are going to be served. Teams of students will be visiting elderly at assisted-living facilities. They will be doing an intergenerational project and then ending the day with games and prizes for the residents,” Kelly King, director of service learning and community outreach at Saint Vincent College, said.

Saint Vincent has partnered with several area organizations to provide services. They include Emeritus of Latrobe (Green Meadows), Mountain View, Laurel Highlands and St. Anne’s Home.

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. 19 and the campus will observe national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a series of commemorative activities on Monday, Jan. 21.

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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