At Marian University, plans for the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service are well underway. On Monday, January 21, volunteers will be participating in active service in one of three different locations.
After a few hours of service, volunteers will meet back up at Marian University for group discussion, reflection and dinner. According to Jeanne Hidalgo, director of Service, Social Justice: "It is hoped that being exposed to situations of injustice and to people who have less access to basic resources will empower our students to be agents of change in our society. Working for justice and peace is promoted by our Catholic Franciscan gospel values."
The day of service is co-hosted by Campus Ministry, 21st Century Scholars, Student Government of Marian University, and the Union for Black Identity.
Students enjoy the day and the event is starting to grow. According to Joann Derbiszewski, student body president, “Last year we were hoping to have around 50 volunteers and the turnout was 72! This year we are expecting to have 100 volunteers.”
There is still an opportunity to volunteer. Those who would like to sign up for the day of service can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 100 volunteers to RSVP will be given a long sleeved t-shirt the day of the event.
Derbiszewski noted that: “Our theme for this year is ‘dream.’ We want students to look at what Dr. King's dream was and how it has transformed into such a bigger message today. Similarly, we can look at the Sisters of Saint Francis Oldenburg, Indiana and see how their dream has become something much bigger. We are to take these two prominent images and challenge our dreams to follow the same path.”
“This day of service is so important because we are able to share the message that Dr. King gave us with so many more people. His message is alive today in everything we do, we just need to find it,” Derbiszewski continued.
This is the second year that Marian University has been awarded a Community Service Mini Grant from Indiana Campus Compact of $1000 to help put on the event.