Monday, January 12, 2015

UIS students to volunteer during national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

WHAT: Over 90 students from the University of Illinois Springfield will participate in the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Students will be volunteering with seven Sangamon County organizations.

WHEN: Monday, January 19, 2015 from 1 to 4 p.m.

American Red Cross: Various locations on the east side of Springfield
Habitat for Humanity: 2744 South 6th St., Springfield
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach: 4930 LaVerna Road, Springfield
Midwest Mission Distribution Center: 1022 New City Road, Chatham
Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery: 1011 North 7th St., Springfield
M.E.R.C.Y. Communities: 1111 S. 19th St., Springfield
Ronald McDonald House: 610 North 7th St., Springfield

DETAILS: Students will be distributing fire prevention hang tags in east Springfield neighborhoods with the American Red Cross, painting and preparing Habitat for Humanity’s new building, and sorting supplies with Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach and the Midwest Mission Distribution Center. Volunteers will also make diaper distribution packages at the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery, help children and clients with MLK Day related art and craft projects at M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, and help clean and reorganize at the Ronald McDonald House.

Earlier in the day, students will learn about Community Organizing and participate in the NAACP MLK Memorial March in Springfield. At the end of the day students will reflect on what they have learned.

Questions may be directed to Mark Dochterman, director of the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at

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