Volunteers commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with community service day Jan. 16

January 9, 2006

DEARBORN / Jan. 9, 2006---Volunteers from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, United Way for Southeastern Michigan and Henry Ford Community College will spend Monday, Jan. 16 helping others on the thirteenth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Day, which commemorates the achievements of the late civil rights leader.

"The MLK 2006 Community Service Day continues the tradition of students, faculty, and staff from different campuses coming together on behalf of the less fortunate in metropolitan Detroit to commemorate the dream and legacy of Dr. King," said Eric Bolling, affirmative action coordinator at UM-Dearborn and co-chair of the campus committee organizing the event.

"While the betterment of the lives of others is the focus, it should be recognized that the agencies and those they serve are not the only beneficiaries. The positive feelings, understanding, memories and bonding that the diverse volunteers report as outcomes from their shared experiences are evidence of the important personal benefits that result from group voluntary activities," Bolling said.

About 370 volunteers will visit 15 sites around metropolitan Detroit, including nonprofit agencies, soup kitchens, senior centers and schools. The event was established in 1994 by UM-Dearborn and United Way Community Services.

Among the activities, volunteers will paint murals on classroom walls and repair/clean books and toys at Jumpstart locations; build wood-shelving units for Vista Maria in Dearborn Heights; and sort canned goods at Gleaners Community Food Bank locations in Detroit and Taylor.

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