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Second MLK Day of Service at St. Andrews a huge success

MLK Day of Service Group of Volunteers

Laurinburg, N.C. – Monday morning saw 158 St. Andrews Presbyterian College students, faculty and staff out in the community participating in the MLK Day of Service.

“This number was higher than expected,” said Mary Elizabeth Seay, director of first-year programming at St. Andrews and one of the project coordinators. “We had 125 participants last year, but to have this kind of response was incredible. It works out to approximately 632 hours of volunteer service by members of the St. Andrews community today.”

Teams worked with Century Care Nursing Home, Church Community Services, the Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Center, Habitat for Humanity, The Haven Animal Shelter, Helping Hand, Hospice of Scotland County, Humane Society, Literacy Council, Partners in Ministry, Red Cross, Scotland Place Civic Center, Scotland Community Health Clinic, Storytelling Arts Center and Lumber River State Park. Projects varied from sorting items to painting to construction to standard office work.

“The work received positive reviews all around,” said Seay. “The leaders at Church Community Services were amazed at how fast the students worked. Hospice of Scotland County was very grateful for the help from students, who washed the windows, as their work helped residents have a brighter view. Many of the student volunteers for the Scotland County Humane Society took home volunteer applications so they can help on a regular basis.”

For team leader Joy’eshia Brown at Partners in Ministry the event was especially gratifying. “It was a great experience,” she said. “I loved it and I was offered a summer job with Americorps, who is over the program. We were all offered internships if we were interested.”

The United States Congress created The King Day of Service in 1994 as part of the King Holiday and Service Act. Participation has grown steadily, with hundreds of thousands of Americans engaging in volunteer service to their community annually in celebration of the legacy of the late civil rights leader. More information about this day is available at www.mlkday.gov.


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