MLK Week of Service Returns to WSU

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University students will have the opportunity to participate in a week of service activities Jan. 21-25 beginning on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year’s theme is #Unity.

“Every year, the Weber State University Student Association service team coordinates service projects throughout the week beginning with the MLK Day holiday,” said Teresa Martinez, Center for Community Engaged Learning program coordinator. “We hope to encourage participants to understand that MLK Day is a day on, not a day off.”

The week will begin with the annual MLK Freedom Breakfast and March on Jan. 21 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.at the Marshall White Center (222 28th St. Ogden). Following the 8:30 a.m. breakfast and program, participants will march from the Marshall White Center to the Ogden Amphitheater. A service project will take place following the freedom march.

The breakfast and march is sponsored by the NAACP Ogden branch, WSU Office of the President for Diversity, WSU Access & Diversity, WSU Diversity & Inclusive Programs, WSUSA Diversity and Unity Board and WSU Black Scholars United.

“The NAACP is excited to continue our long-standing partnership with Weber State University to commemorate the life, legacy and principles promoted by Dr. King,” said Betty Sawyer, Ogden NAACP president and Black Scholars United advisor. “The event this year is primarily focused on how we can move from concepts of unity to truly engage in the work of building and sustaining the ‘Beloved Community’ espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Following our symbolic march to the Ogden Amphitheater, students will help facilitate discussions on the Beloved Community, what it looks like and how we achieve it.”

Service events will continue on campus and throughout the community for the rest of the week.

At each MLK Week of Service event, Catholic Community Services will collect new baby supplies from volunteers. Contact Kamryn Eden at kamryneden@mail.weber.edu for more information.

Jan. 22, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Volunteers will assist with the American Red Cross and YMCA’s “Fun with Fire Safety” event. 1270 Gramercy Ave. Ogden. Contact Rylie Howard at ryliehoward@mail.weber.edu for more information.

Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m.

Volunteers will help lead group activities at STEM Night at the DaVinci Academy (215 E. 22nd St, Ogden). Volunteers will work with students in grades 1-6 with hands-on experiments and projects. Contact Jenna Thoits at jennathoits@mail.weber.edu for more information.

Jan. 24, 3-5 p.m.

Volunteers needed to complete small service projects on the Weber State University Ogden campus. Meet in Shepherd Union Room 326K. Contact Bre Christopherson at breannchristopherson@mail.weber.edu for more information.

Jan. 25, 7 p.m.

Volunteers needed to assist with the Special Olympics Talent Show at the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. The talent show brings together Special Olympic athletes with students and families in their community. Contact Dallas Carter at dallascarter@mail.weber.edu for more information.

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Contact:

Teresa Martinez, CCEL program coordinator
801-626-7737 • teresamartinez1@weber.edu

Betty Sawyer, Access and Diversity community engagement coordinator
801-626-8516 • bettysawyer@weber.edu

Author:

Ross Rosier, Office of Marketing & Communications
801-626-7948 • rossrosier@weber.edu