UB students invite the public to join community Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteer events on January 17

UB students invite the public to join community Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteer events on January 17

University of Bridgeport student organizers say they have planned more volunteer projects than ever this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and they’re urging the public to join their campaign to pitch in at area nonprofits and other organizations.

The events are a part of Day of Service, which is held annually in honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr. It was started in 1996 in Philadelphia, and since then has expanded as individuals, organizations, and universities across the United States spend the day volunteering in their communities.

In recent years, Day of Service events in Fairfield County have been co-organized by UB students, the nonprofit Service for Peace, and other groups.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the John J. Cox Student Center on the UB campus at 244 University Avenue, Bridgeport.  There will be an opening ceremony featuring guest speakers and entertainment. Service projects begin at 9:45 a.m. and most will be completed by 2 p.m.

All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt, light breakfast, and lunch.  Pre-registration is currently available online at www.mlkchallenge.org (please search for events under “Fairfield County”).

This year, there are ample opportunities to get involved. They include:

Connecticut Food Bank: Volunteers are needed to help sort food at the nonprofit’s East Haven location.

ABCD Inner-City Children’s Center: Come play, draw, and chat with pre-school students.

Bridgeport Public Library: Volunteers are needed to help move boxes and shelve books at the Main Branch at 924 Broad Street..

Books of Hope: Help make books in English for schools to help improve literacy.

St. John’s Family Center: Come help winterize and clean St. John’s Family Center in Bridgeport. Possible painting involved.

Art, Not Trash! Calling artists of all ages to paint and beautify trash drums.

Holy Rosary Church Food Pantry: Organize donations at the Bridgeport pantry.

Homes for the Brave: Volunteers will prepare a meal for homeless veterans at this Bridgeport nonprofit.

Harborview Towers Lunch With Seniors: Enjoy pleasant conversation and a meal with seniors.

Jewish Home for the Elderly: Individuals needed to help seniors to and from lunch, assisting with Pokeno games.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu