GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – MLK DAY OF SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS
MLK Day of Service Highlights from AmeriCorps Student Resource Center (SRC) Campuses
SRC AmeriCorps members recruited more than 480 volunteers who volunteered close to 1300 hours!
Mt. St. Joseph University
By Anthony Wright, OCC’s AmeriCorps SRC Member
The Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream Week” on campus included volunteers from the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office, Mission Integration Office, Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, Black Student Union, Residence Life and Student Resource Center. Around 50 volunteers served 24 hours.
Ohio University Eastern
By Bronwyn Spencer, OCC’s AmeriCorps SRC Member
OU’s Eastern campus hosted speakers on January 12th and a watch party for a MLK event on January 17th with assistance from Bronwyn and other volunteers.
Ohio University Zanesville
By Rebekah Gaus, OCC’s AmeriCorps SRC Member
Rebekah and other volunteers participated in a Free Produce Market at First Baptist Church, Eastside Ministries on January 27th.
University of Akron
By Sophie Senning, OCC’s AmeriCorps SRC Member
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 56 people volunteered to create meal kits for students in need for the National Day of Service at the University of Akron. The kits provided students with a day’s meal and resources to connect with the University’s Campus Cupboard/ZipAssist. Two types of kits were created, one with shelf stable items to be placed at the six grab and go pantry locations around campus, and one with refrigerated items along with a recipe page with meal ideas. The grab and go locations enable students to have their needs met on their schedule, if they don’t have the time to visit the walk-in cupboard.
This project was made possible through a grant from ServeOhio, the outstanding work of Americorps member Sophie and the ZipAssist team, and the amazing volunteers who assembled 120 meal kits in less than 15 minutes!
Since the meal kits were assembled so quickly, ZipAssist staff retrieved some fabric bundles from their office for the volunteers to turn into blankets. These blankets went to the walk-in cupboard for students in need and those in emergency housing. By the end of the Day of Service, volunteers completed 120 meal kits, 20 fleece tie blankets, and stocked a grab and go location!
University of Cincinnati
By Monique Monteagudo, OCC’s AmeriCorps SRC Member
We contributed to month long steering committee and attended a Tribute Luncheon to Dr. Martin Luther King: Celebrating Today, Overcoming Tomorrow on January 11th.
On January 16th, we helped prepare and serve meals to community members in need at the Washington United Church of Christ’s (WUCC) Camp Community Café.
Volunteers also served at Jackson Hill Park on January 16th.
University of Findlay
By Holly McCoy, OCC’s AmeriCorps SRC Member
UF’s MLK Day of Service was a Mobile Food Pantry that took place on January 21st. There were 24 volunteers and they each served for 3.5 hours. Together we served 204 families and 452 individuals!