Days of Service
Volunteering in recognition of the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service has become a cherished tradition for the NEOMED community. This year we are keeping our community safe and opting to participate in a toiletry & cleaning supply drive for Skeels Matthews.
Skeels-Mathews Community Center seeks to improve the educational, physical, cultural, social, recreational and governmental aspects of the community and surrounding areas. With the volunteer assistance, after-school tutoring is available for school-aged children, including help with homework, trips to the library and use of the Center’s computer lab. “America Reads, America Counts” tutors also work with Skeels youth. For recreation, neighborhood youth can use the Center’s playground and basketball court, as well as indoor children’s room. Teen girls meet weekly for motivational discussions, special speakers, trips and activities. A weekly nutrition class, organized with the help of the OSU extension office, is also offered.
Donation bins will be set outside of Student Services & Human Resources on January 10 through January 21. You can place your donation of new, unused toiletry items and/or cleaning items.
Most needed items include: toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, menstrual products, shaving items, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, lotion, toilet paper, face wash, hand soap, and disinfectant products.
What is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service?
After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
Why Serve on the Martin Luther King JR. Day of Service?
Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live—creating the Beloved Community.
The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions.
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