In the spirit of giving, six Brookhaven College employees and 27 students enthusiastically donated their time and resources to the nationwide MLK Day of Service Jan. 21.
As part of the nationwide event, which seeks to meet social growing needs through community service, participants were divided into three groups, each given a different service project to complete within three hours. Utilizing their creativity, teamwork and ingenuity, the newly formed teams pooled their resources to accomplish their goals.
Participants included employees Dominica McCarthy, student program development specialist; Yasaman Contractor, assistant director of Student Life; Monica Pauken, outreach and recruitment coordinator; Kendra Vaglienti, executive dean of the Communications Division; Deanie Martin, accounts receivable supervisor; and Oscar Lopez, vice president of student services and enrollment management.
Service challenges varied, testing participants in different ways:
Given just $40 to fund their efforts, group one surpassed its goal, purchasing five books requested specifically by the hospital and arranging a donation of 106 books through Half Price Books.
Group two, tackling a two-fold goal, constructed colorful, creative medallions for YMCA’s Zumba classes, then raised $75 so underprivileged children could utilize the YMCA.
Mingling with the home’s residents, group three supplied after-party snacks and fun, useful prizes recommended by Emeritus Assisted Living, including shampoo and nail polish.
In addition to a successful event, the Brookhaven College Service-Learning Department, the event organizer, also achieved its ultimate goal: to encourage students to continue their volunteer efforts. Together, participants pledged a total of 800 hours of service-learning for the year.
Promotional items, project odds and ends, refreshments and more were funded through a $625 mini-grant from the Wisconsin Campus Compact. Other companies also donated to the cause, including Albertson's, Woodland's American Grill, Half Price Books, Fiesta, Diva Delights Edibles, Dr. Pepper and Olean Daniels.
This event was part of the national MLK Day of Service, led by the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the King Center, and involving a broad MLK Day Service Network.