On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, West Virginia University students can take a “Day On, Not A Day Off” through volunteering as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Students can sign up to volunteer on Jan. 19 in Charleston where for the second straight year they will take part in projects that are part of the West Side Revitalization effort. Or volunteers can travel to Fairmont where volunteers will participate in a variety of projects around the downtown area. The MLK Day of Service is sponsored by the Center for Service and Learning, and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

“Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Day On, Not A Day Off’ has been a very important day of reflection and service at WVU,” said Kristi-Wood Turner, director of the Center for Service and Learning. “We are excited about our seamless partnership with the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that allows us to reach across the state with our impact on communities.

“The addition of the Fairmont community this year has allowed us to team up with Fairmont State University and come together as one to show our dedication to the people of West Virginia. We are planning to add over 1,000 hours of service to our Million Hour Match on this day alone.”

The Million Hour Match is a challenge to the state to match WVU students, staff and faculty in completing one million hours of community service by 2018.

Both trips include breakfast, a T-shirt and transportation to and from the volunteer sites. Those traveling to Charleston will also take part in lunch and cultural activities. Participants will meet at the foyer outside the gym near Lot 11 in Stansbury Hall. Free parking for participants is available in Lot 11 or Lot 7.

On the Charleston trip, volunteers will meet at 6:40 a.m. Buses leave at 7 a.m. and are expected to return to Morgantown at approximately 5 p.m. Students can receive up to eight hours of community service.

For the Fairmont trip, participants will meet at 8 a.m. Buses leave at 8:30 a.m. Students can receive four hours of community service. Buses are expected to return to Morgantown around 12:30 p.m.

Students can got to iServe to sign up for the Charleston or Fairmont trips. It’s recommended that participants bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

For more information, contact Andrew Carter at 304-293-8762 or Andrew.Carter@mail.wvu.edu.



CONTACT: Andrew Carter; WVU Center for Service and Learning
304.293.8762; Andrew.Carter@mail.wvu.edu.

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