Mount St. Joseph University (MSJU) students, staff, faculty, alumni, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati (HFHGC) will be making a difference in the community at the Habitat for Humanity Shed Build on Monday, January 15, 2018. The MLK Day of Service events carry on Dr. King’s dream of racial and class equality in the United States, and serve to honor Dr. King’s struggle for justice throughout the 20th century. The group will be joined by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country on this national day of service.
“MLK Day is important because if we are serious about social justice, we need to remain active and engaged in our communities so one day we can see Dr. King’s dream become a reality,” said Keith Lanser, Manager of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at MSJU.”
“We’re happy to answer Dr. King’s call to serve and build better lives for Cincinnati residents,” said Heather Cockram, HFHGC Volunteer Coordinator. “We are proud to work together with MSJU to put our mission of building strong communities into action.”
MSJU’s upcoming MLK Day of Service will be hosted at the HFHGC Training Annex in Norwood 1701 Mills Ave Cincinnati, OH. The event will be hosting up to 40 MSJU students on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 9:30am-1:00pm. The HFHGC AmeriCorps crew will lead the students in building sheds. MSJU students are expected to complete the construction of 5 tool sheds for local Habitat homebuyers. Over the build season, these completed sheds will be delivered to sites.
“Taking a day on, not a day off, offers our community the opportunity to continue Dr. King’s legacy of service, his fight against oppression, and his attention to social justice,’” said Terri Hurdle, Ed.D., the MSJU Director of Diversity and Inclusion. ‘This day serves as a reminder that if change is to happen, it begins with each person.”
Thousands of projects across the country will be carried out on the MLK Day of Service, including delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, reading to children, promoting nonviolence, and more. The MLK Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides – today and throughout the year. Many communities will also engage in dialogue to explore ways they can address important issues. National Days of Service provide each of us with an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to tackle community challenges and strengthen the nation.