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DATE: January 14, 2002
from four area colleges commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with community
service day Jan. 21
Volunteers from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, United
Way Community Services, Davenport
University, Henry Ford Community College,
and the University of Detroit Mercy
will spend Monday, Jan. 21 helping others on the ninth annual Martin
Luther King Jr. Community Service Day, which commemorates the achievements
of the late civil rights leader.
"The MLK 2002 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 380 volunteers will visit 17 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
Among the activities, volunteers will assist teenage girls with craft
projects at Barat Child
and Family Services, prepare a meal for residents of the Ronald
McDonald House, and sort canned goods, restock the food pantry and
do general cleaning at the Salvation
School of Management student Kevin Borek (left) and Steven Hernandez,
a student in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, move food
items from the storage room to the pantry at the Salvation Army-Wayne/Westland
on Jan. 21 during Martin Luther King Jr. community service day.
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