“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
—Martin Luther King, Jr., “Conquering Self-Centeredness”, 1957
2016 MLK celebration events
In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, the VT Engage AmeriCorps network hosted a variety of service events on January 18th, 2016.
Students and community members held a book hospital with Children’s Nest Daycare Center, sorted donations at the YMCA’s Thrift Shop, and completed interior maintenance at New River Community Action (NRCA). A total of 26 volunteers participated in the events.
Mary Ratliff and the team at NRCA were thrilled with the work volunteers completed, stating: “Everyone is so impressed with the job that was done here on MLK day. Our maintenance team thought it looked like a professional job. It was truly wonderful what these young ladies accomplished yesterday. Many, many thanks to all.”
The events wrapped up with a reflection on the meaning of national service, the impacts of Martin Luther King Jr.’s work, and how his legacy still influences our world today. Check out our full photo gallery here.
A new approach
In 2014, we took a new approach to celebrating MLK day, hosting four events focusing on service and discussion of Dr. King’s philosophy.
We designed the events to focus on a different piece of his expansive philosophy, including fighting poverty, nonviolent social change, and fighting discrimination. Then, each tenet of his philosophy was tied to the realities of life in our society today. Read more.
Martin Luther King daycare facelift
This event paired students with organizations serving children in the New River Valley to spruce up daycare centers. By leading a team in helping to revitalize the community or joining a team, our students worked to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service four years in a row.
Student leaders planned these service project with local childcare centers. They were responsible for meeting with their service site to develop a plan for their project according to the service site’s needs.
With a budget of $100 for project materials (i.e. paint, brushes, construction materials, cleaning supplies, etc.), teams and individuals completed some great projects. Check out their work below!