Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is part of a national service initiative and is observed by organizations and individuals all across the U.S. It was created in honor of Dr. King and continues his life’s work through community service that strengthens and empowers individuals and communities.
On January 22, 2013 the Volunteer Action Center hosted a community service fair in honor of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. Over 150 participants completed at least five mini-projects, connected with local agencies, and earned a free t-shirts! Organizations participating this year included: American Red Cross, Donald W. Reynolds Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas, Katherine's Place, Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter, Life Styles Inc., Walton College Belize Project, Mullins Library Special Collections and Susan G. Komen Ozark.
In 2012, over 135 members of the U of A community participated in the event and spent two hours completing mini-projects such as making sandwiches, homework kits or "thank you" cards, each benefiting a local agency.
Participants were also able to leave some of their thoughts on a board asking, "What does MLK Day mean to you?" The following are a few responses:
"Look at the big picture, as a nation we have to move forward TOGETHER."
"Anything is possible."
"A better future."
"Solving things without violence."
"Paving the way; leave a legacy for generations to come. Spark within them a dream, hope, compassion!"