"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? "
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
here to read the Lewiston Tribune article, "Altruism takes the holiday." Thanks to the Tribune for writing such a great article about the event!
January 18, 2010
Lewis-Clark State College’s first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Collegiate Challenge was a great success! I am excited to report that approximately 115 volunteers were mobilized to complete 13 community service projects on this day, in honor of Dr. King’s legacy of service and the “Beloved Community.”
Following the “Collegiate Challenge” model meant that volunteers came to campus on the morning of MLK Day not knowing what service project they would be assigned to or whom they would be working in a group with. After being welcomed by LCSC Dean of Student Services, Andy Hanson, and roused into the MLK Day spirit by speaker, Durbin Davis, volunteers were broken into teams and given their service “challenge” for the day. Groups were encouraged to work together as a team to meet the community-identified needs. Projects included painting and sprucing up counseling offices at the Life Choice Clinic, planning a food drive for the Community Action Partnership Food Bank, organizing and leading activities for a kids MLK celebration at the Lewiston City Library, and participating in a community cleanup with Boys and Girls Club kids in nearby Lapwai, Idaho.
There are a few measurements that I would like to use to highlight the impact of the day’s events:
Volunteers | 115
Service projects completed | 13
Pounds of food collected for the food bank | 210
Birdhouses assembled for Fish and Game | 60
Bags of trash cleaned up | 13+
Walls painted | 16+
Children taught about community | 50+
After service projects were completed, volunteers returned to LCSC for reflection time and a pictures slideshow featuring all 13 projects sites. Volunteers shared stories of their day’s adventures and successes. The group that served with the Lapwai Boys and Girls Club laughed about the fun they had with the kids and the request that the kids made for the volunteers to come back sometime soon. Others expressed their joy in getting to work with people they had not met before and the friendships that were built because of the shared experience of service. The closing session was extremely positive and reflected well the ideals that the MLK Day of Service is built upon: cooperation, diversity, and service. It is my great hope that this project will continue on in years to come and be a highly valued annual community event.
Thank you to all the volunteers, committee members, community organizations and sponsors who made this event the success that it was!