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

On Monday, January 21, 2013, 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 over 400 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 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“Cameron University students, faculty and staff are dedicated to service to our community,” says Jennifer Holland, Vice President for Student Services. “We encourage community organizations to submit potential projects for our workday, because we anticipate having a volunteer workforce approaching 400 members. We hope volunteers will register in advance so we can allocate the appropriate number of workers to each project. We appreciate of the many members of the community who always 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 11, 2013 so that project assignments can be determined. Volunteers will receive project details and site locations the week of January 14.

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.

For more information on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, go to www.cameron.edu/mlkcelebration/dayofservice or www.mlkday.gov.

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December 12, 2012

PR#12-204