More than 240 Alvernia students, faculty and staff are volunteering at a variety of sites across the Greater Reading community as part of its annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16.
This year’s MLK Day of Service participants include scores of student volunteers, as well as the university’s ice hockey, softball, and track and field teams, and a variety of faculty and staff. They will visit 20 different sites across the county, including four Olivet’s locations, the Mifflin Senior Center, the Children’s Home of Reading, and the Pagoda.
Dr. King worked for increased opportunity for all Americans. In this time of economic challenge for the nation and our local community, his vision of service and volunteering are more critical than ever.
“Engaging in acts of service is a powerful experience for our students,” said Jay Worrall, director of Alvernia’s Holleran Center for Community Engagement. “Our mission is to help them understand that experience, so that they may grow to become committed and engaged citizens who strengthen their community. What better way for students to learn about the positive impact they can have in the world than to honor Dr. King through their service?”
Alvernia will not be alone in their efforts on January 16. The Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday is a considered a national day of service, and a time to re-commit to serving each other and our communities. On MLK Day, Americans across the country will honor Dr. King by helping their neighbors and communities. Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the MLK Day of Service will include thousands of projects spread across all 50 states.
2012 Service Sites:
1. Humane Society of Berks County
2. Olivet Boys & Girls Club (Mulberry St.)
3. Olivet Boys & Girls Club (Oakbrook Unit)
4. Olivet Boys & Girls Club (PAL Unit)
5. Olivet Boys & Girls Club (13th & Perkiomen)
6. St. Joseph’s Villa
7. Mifflin Senior Center – Berks Encore
8. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
9. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
10. Central PA African American Museum
11. Kennedy House
12. Berks County Association for the Blind
13. Berks County Family Residential Center
15. Children’s Home of Reading
16. Reading City Greenhouse
17. Animal Rescue League
18. Shady Hollow Assisted Riding
19. Reading Firefighter’s Museum
20. Boathouse at Angelica Park