What better way to celebrate the great work of Martin Luther King, Jr. than to spend “A Day On, Not a Day Off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
Monday, January 16, 2012 was the first MLK Day of Service on our campus! Four one-hour service events were scheduled throughout the day so that students could participate in one or more projects. First we headed over to the Polk County Humane Society, battling chilly temps and vicious wind chills, to walk dogs and brush and play with cats. A smaller group delivered meals as part of our regularly-schedule Home Delivered Meals event. After lunch we walked over to the North Country Food Bank’s packing operation, where we packed food bags for the Backpack Project that benefits children at local and regional elementary schools. Finally, we built puzzles and learned how to play Whist and Smear from the experts who reside at the Summit Apartments.
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service to honor King’s legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. The MLK Day of Service is meant to empower and strengthen local communities. In the spirit of King’s teachings, the day is promoted as a “day on, not a day off”.
The MLK Day of Service was a new event at UMC in 2012. One-hour service projects were planned at various locations in Crookston throughout the day. Students were encouraged to participate in as many projects as they liked. If you are a community partner with an idea for a service project, please pitch a project!