WSU Announces MLK Week of ServiceOGDEN, Utah — In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Weber State University will host WSU Remembers: MLK Week of Service, a week of community service in Ogden and surrounding areas. The week is hosted by WSU’s Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL).
“Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national day of service, not something that is unique to Weber State,” said Mike Moon, CCEL assistant director. “It is impactful to think that in most communities in our nation, on the same day, others are doing good. At Weber State, however, students and the Ogden community have come together to expand the day and make it an entire week of meaningful service.”
The kickoff event begins Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. when CCEL, WSU’s Center for Diversity & Unity and the NAACP will hold the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast and Freedom March at the Marshall White Center (222 28th St., Ogden).
“We have numerous partners throughout Ogden and the larger Weber County area who support this event by actively participating, bringing students and having excellent service opportunities,” said Adrienne Gillespie Andrews, WSU assistant to the president for diversity and director of the Center for Diversity & Unity.
The breakfast is free and open to the public. Participants will then march down Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. (24th St.) to the Ogden Amphitheater.
Service event continue on campus and throughout the community the rest of the week.
Jan. 20, 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Volunteers will help stock and distribute food at the Catholic Community Services’ Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank (2505 F Ave., Ogden).
Jan. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.: CCEL will assist in an open gym night at the Your Community Connection Family Crisis Center (2291 Adams Ave., Ogden.) Volunteers will play with and teach youth sporting activities and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Jan. 22, 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Student volunteers will help with a discussion of appropriate dress, grooming, social manners and money matters with clients of Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center (PARC). The organization, located in Clearfield, helps special needs adults with employment opportunities.
Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m.: Volunteers will help build shelves and reorganize the Weber Cares food pantry. The pantry, located in Shepherd Union Room 402, provides food and toiletries to students in need.
Jan. 24, 7 p.m. Volunteers will assist PARC clients attending the WSU men’s basketball game in the Dee Events Center.
Volunteers are needed for all events, particularly for the open gym night and for the redesign of the Weber Cares food pantry. For more information on events and to register online to volunteer, visit weber.edu/ccel/mlk-week.html.
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