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Dec. 12, 2007

UI community encouraged to volunteer on Day of Service

This year, the University of Iowa Civic Engagement Program encourages faculty and staff, students, and community members to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a "day on, not a day off."

This Day of Service is Monday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when local volunteers will join many others across the country who "keep the dream alive" through engagement in service activities on the MLK Holiday. UI Civic Engagement Program is sponsoring the Day of Service locally in partnership with Lawyers and Leaders Public Service Program, the 10,000 Hours Show of Eastern Iowa, the Civic Engagement Coordinating Council and the UI Office of Student Life.

Mary Mathew Wilson, coordinator of the UI Civic Engagement Program, is encouraging UI community members to plan their volunteer activities before winter break. Individuals may honor the life and work of King by participating in several organized opportunities at pre-arranged service sites in and around Iowa City. Volunteers will meet at the east lobby of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 and the Civic Engagement Program will provide transportation to and from the service sites, as needed. Parking in the IMU Ramp will be free that day.

Volunteers may also spend the day helping others on their own or with another group. "Having a 'day on' could be something as simple as assisting a neighbor with a project that requires an extra set of hands, shoveling snow for someone who is not able, or visiting home-bound elders or those in a local care facility," Mathew Wilson said.

For ideas, see the official MLK Day "How to Serve" Web site http://www.mlkday.gov/about/how/index.asp or consult the Web sites of Corridor Volunteers http://www.corridorvolunteers.org; Volunteer Iowa http://volunteeriowa.org/; and Volunteer Match http://www.volunteermatch.org/.

After volunteering, participants will be encouraged to attend the UI Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights 2008 Community Convocation on Monday, Jan. 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the second-floor ballroom of the IMU. MLK Day of Service projects will be announced and efforts of participants will be recognized at this event. Student volunteers can earn credit toward the 10,000 Hours Show through participation in the MLK Day of Service.

The Day of Service is one of hundreds of activities held in states and cities nationwide to honor the legacy of King. In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, directing the King Center and the Corporation for National and Community Service to carry out a day of service reflecting King's life and teachings. For more information about this event, visit the Corridor Volunteers Web site at http://www.volunteersolutions.org/uwjc/org/opp/10253476040.html.

To contact the Civic Engagement Program call 319-335-7589 or email civic-engagement@uiowa.edu.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the UI Civic Engagement Program, 210 IMU, 319-335-7589 or at civic-engagement@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Mary Mathew Wilson, UI Civic Engagement Program, 319-335-7589, civic-engagement@uiowa.edu; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Writer: Stacie Carpenter