HFC, UM-D seek volunteers for MLK Day of Service Jan. 16

DEARBORN — Students, faculty and staff from both Henry Ford College and the University of Michigan-Dearborn will volunteer their time and talents during the 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Jan. 16.

The Day of Service is a one-time, one-day outreach activity that commemorates the philosophy and legacy of King, a visionary leader in the Civil Rights Movement best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights through nonviolent civil disobedience.

President Ronald Reagan signed this holiday – which occurs the third Monday in January on or near to King’s birthday of Jan. 15 – into law in 1983. It went into effect in 1986. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

To honor King’s memory, volunteers comprised of students, faculty and staff from both educational institutions will assist various local agencies with renovation, as well as educational and social projects.

The HFC Office of Student Activities seeks volunteers to assist on that day. Organizations accepting volunteers for the day are:
• ACCESS, Alternatives for Girls, Arts and Scraps, Beyond Basics, Fish and Loaves, Gleaners Food Bank (Detroit), Michigan Urban Farming Initiative and Vista Maria.

All participants will meet at 7:45 a.m. at Kochoff Hall in the UM-D University Center, 4901 Evergreen, for registration and breakfast. At 8:30 a.m., participants will depart for their various volunteer sites. All projects end at 1 p.m.

Those interested in volunteering can register at https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOIF1v5oo4xVAUD3NVfT9LSY-QAdkLf1SH4zPTCiePMQu1jA/viewform.

HFC is closed in observance of the holiday.

For questions or more information, contact Mandy Earl, HFC Student Activities associate, at 313-317-1756 or mlearl1@hfcc.edu.