George Fox sends volunteers to MLK Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr. - World Telegram & Sun photo by Dick DeMarsico

World Telegram & Sun photo by Dick DeMarsico

Students and staff from George Fox University will join about 1,000 volunteers from nine other colleges and universities to serve at the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20. George Fox plans to bring at least 75 volunteers.

The event, organized by Oregon Campus Compact, begins with a rally at David Douglas High School at 9:30 a.m., followed by a day of service in the Portland area until about 2:30 p.m. This year, service projects will focus on improving the largest high school in the state of Oregon (David Douglas) and developing career and college access kits for more than 7,000 high school juniors throughout the region.

The day will allow college students to serve together and learn not only about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but bring his dream alive by ensuring more high school students have the resources they need to make careers and college a possibility. Participants will also complete hands-on beautification projects for four east Multnomah County school districts.

In addition, participants will travel to 23 different service sites where they will clean up neighborhoods around local schools and do outdoor maintenance and some indoor cleaning for east Portland elementary and secondary schools.

The goal of the day is for college campuses to “unify together to serve others and be the ‘beloved community’ that Dr. King envisioned,” said Shelley Yonemura, director of inclusion and student leadership programs at George Fox.

The Portland event ties into a national day of service. Initiated by Congress in 1994, Martin Luther King Day of Service builds on the civil rights leader’s legacy by transforming the federal holiday honoring him into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice.

To learn more about George Fox's involvement in the day, contact Shelley Yonemura, the university’s MLK coordinator and director of the school’s inclusion and student leadership programs, at 503-554-2318.