Local Colleges to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Serving in the Community

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 9:15am

Alfred State and Alfred University are partnering on a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

students paintingOn Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, Alfred State and Alfred University will be working together to host a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. This event will round out a week of programming in commemoration and celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. “We see this as an important way to keep Dr. King's legacy of service alive and make community involvement a part of our everyday lives,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of the center for civic engagement at Alfred State. “We have already secured volunteer sites in about eight locations, with more projects anticipated. Students will be volunteering with libraries, non-profits, and faith-based organizations.”

Alfred State and Alfred University were also recipients of a New York Campus Compact 2014 MLK Collegiate Challenge Grant. Only a dozen schools in the state received the honor. Both institutions will use the funds to honor the life of Dr. King by reminding all Americans of their civic duty to serve and by helping members of the community to work together to solve common problems.

Contact Jonathan Hilsher at hilshejc@alfredstate.edu for more information and ways to get involved.