The holiday season has come and gone (perhaps quicker than we’d like), but the spirit of giving is still among us!
The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement will host its second-annual Martin Luther King Day of Service Jan. 21. Although the campus will be closed in observance of the holiday, student and employee volunteers may donate their time and efforts to community service projects in honor of the late civil rights leader.
Service projects consist of “challenges.” The volunteers assemble into three groups and each team is assigned a specific challenge to be completed within a three-hour window. Here’s the kicker: challenges are not revealed until the day of the event!
Last year, service goals included gathering 100 books for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, raising $1,500 for the Young Men’s Christian Association and providing snacks and prizes to the residents of the Emeritus Assisted Living during their weekly Bingo game.
As a national event, the aim of the project is for participants to meet new people and share ideas, work hard as a group to complete a task, commit to 100 hours of community service throughout the year, and - above all - make a difference!
“…everybody can be great, because anybody can serve…You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.