On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges community will participate in the national “King Day of Service,” as a continuation of the Colleges’ Days of Service initiative that took place in the fall.
“Adding the service component to the Colleges’ celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day is in keeping with Dr. King’s legacy of community concern and action, as well as HWS’ mission to develop engaged citizens,” says Katie Flowers, associate director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at HWS.
In September, the Colleges expanded its annual “Celebrate Service…Celebrate Geneva… Day of Service” event to three days of community involvement centered on pillars of service that reflect the values of the Colleges: the environment, community well-being and children and literacy. Volunteers from HWS cleaned the shores of Seneca Lake, weeded and planted gardens in the community, groomed dogs and cats, sorted books, and spread their reach to the youngest members of the Geneva community with the Kids’ Service festival.
On Monday, Jan. 19, volunteers will work in two hour shifts starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. Several opportunities exist in the community. Those interested in volunteering for a two-hour period should contact email@example.com by Jan. 14.
Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act in 1994, designating the holiday as a national day of volunteer service and asking Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action.
“Participation in the King Day of Service has grown steadily over the past decade, with hundreds of thousands of Americans each year engaging in projects such as tutoring and mentoring children, painting schools and senior centers, delivering meals, building homes, and reflecting on Dr. King’s life and teachings. Many of the projects started on King Day continue to engage volunteers beyond the holiday and impact the community year-round,” says the official “King Day of Service” Web site, www.MLKDay.gov.
To visit the Colleges’ MLK Week website, click here.