Cameron University seeks volunteers, community projects for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

On Monday, January 16, 2012, volunteers from Cameron University and the Lawton-Fort Sill community will celebrate "a day on, not a day off" in service to the community as part of the national Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service. CU officials are hoping to recruit 450 volunteers for the event. To volunteer, register online at www.cameron.edu/mlkcelebration/dayofservice or call the Office of Student Activities at (580) 581-2217. The volunteers will work on community projects from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

“Cameron University’s MLK Day of Service continues to grow,” says Jennifer Holland, Vice President for Student Services. “Not only are we looking to expand our volunteer force, we encourage community organizations to submit projects for our workday. The volunteer spirit in the Lawton-Fort Sill area is unrivaled, and we are appreciative of the many members of the community who will help make the MLK Day of Service a success.”

Organizations with community service projects in need of a volunteer workforce should contact the Office of Student Services at (580) 581-2244. Projects should be able to be completed in one day. Cameron officials will work with each organization’s staff to determine the manpower and materials required for completion of a project.

Volunteer registration will close on January 6, 2012 so that project assignments can be determined. Volunteers will receive project details and site locations the week of January 9.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and opportunity for all. He once said "Life's most urgent and persistent question is: what are you doing for others?" Cameron’s volunteer corps on the MLK Day of Service will joined tens of thousands of volunteers across the nation who will answer Dr. King’s challenge to do something for others. Just as Dr. King set big goals and focused relentlessly on results, sustained citizen action is critical to addressing social challenges in communities across the nation.

Initiated by Congress in 1994, the King Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community service that helps solve social problems. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems and move us closer to King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”

Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the King Center, the MLK Day of Service will include thousands of projects spread across all 50 states. Families, students, congregations, employees, and individuals of all ages and backgrounds will come together to celebrate MLK Day by making a difference in their communities.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, President Barack Obama'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.

These MLK Day of Service projects are funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that strengthens communities through service.

For more information on the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, go to www.mlkday.gov.

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December 6, 2011

PR#11-219