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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, December 15, 2011

Mini Grant to Fund Charitable Event

Mini Grant to Fund Charitable Event

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

The Office of Student Life is participating in the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan. 21 from 1-6 p.m., with the help of a mini-grant from the Wisconsin Campus Compact.

The $625 grant will go toward promotional items, project odds and ends, refreshments and more, according to Andrew Deibert, service-learning and civic engagement coordinator.

Campus Compact, a network of nearly 1,200 college and university presidents and chancellors, is an advocate of using service-learning to connect colleges with the communities they serve.

During the MLK Day of Service, volunteers from across the college and community will be divided into teams and given a service project designed to meet a community need. The service opportunities won’t be revealed until that day, Andrew said, in order to “keep it a little mysterious.”

Utilizing their creativity, teamwork and ingenuity, the newly formed teams will then pool their resources and work together to complete their task.

“It will be something they can hopefully accomplish in that time frame, but our hope is that they will continue to serve throughout the semester,” Andrew said. The department’s ultimate goal is to get the students to log 100 hours of volunteer time or more throughout the year, he said.

If you’re interested in participating, please contact Andrew at Ext. 4703.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the national call-to-service initiative that aims to meet growing social needs by encouraging Americans to serve in their communities.