Jan. 11, 2011
Martin Luther King Jr. inspired many people in his life and after more than 40 years since his assassination, he continues to inspire people. King said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"
In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, officially designating MLK Day as a national day of service. Each year, people across the United States come together around the King holiday to serve in their communities to honor King in the MLK Challenge Day.
SSU students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to be a part of this national movement at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5 beginning with breakfast at SSU's University Center.
A guest speaker will talk about MLK's life and teachings. At 9:45 a.m., teams will send a team leader to choose a "mission" at random for the day. The actual volunteer work will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when everyone will meet again at the University Center for reflection and dinner.
An important aspect of the event is that groups are determined on a totally random basis, challenging participants to meet new people. The service challenges are also selected on a random basis, which has proven to boost interest, fun and excitement. Teams are given basic instructions and a final goal – the rest is up to them.
Far from being told what to do and how to do it, the MLK Challenge requires participants to work together, organize and problem-solve. The effect can be very powerful to the individual who wonders how he/she can truly make a difference.
To participate in the event, individuals must register by Friday, Jan. 21 as the number of volunteer spots is limited. To register, contact Nikki Karabinis at (740) 351-3572 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.