Volunteers wanted for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 21

University of Bridgeport organizers say they’re urging the public to join them as they pitch in at area nonprofits and other organizations during Day of Service, a volunteerism campaign held in communities throughout the U.S. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Day of Service events in Fairfield County will be held January 21, 2013 and are being coordinated by the University of Bridgeport (UB) Office of Student Activities and Community Services and the Division of Student Affairs, Southwest CT AHEC, and Public Allies.

Events run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Opening ceremony will be held in the John J. Cox Student Center on the UB campus at 244 University Avenue, Bridgeport. Free transportation will be provided to ferry volunteers to service projects throughout Fairfield County.

At that time, volunteers will gather back at the Student Center for a time of reflection, raffle for special prizes, and the closing ceremony.

All volunteers will receive t-shirts and a free lunch. More information as well volunteer pre-registration is currently available online at www.bridgeport.edu/mlkday or contact Jennifer Turner at jennifertu@bridgeport.edu

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

  • Bridgeport YMCA – Participants will be cleaning and organizing.
  • Bridgeport Hope School – Participants will paint a mural.
  • Bridgeport Rescue Mission – Preparing meals. Participants will leave UB at 8:45 a.m.
  • Harborview Towers – Participants will serve lunch and enjoy conversation and recreational games with elderly residents.
  • Shehan Center – Working with children.

There will also be many on-site service opportunities open to participants of all ages including:

  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters – BBBS will also be on site, providing information on becoming a Big Brother/Sister and conducing mentor interviews.
  • Cards for Veterans and First Responders – Participants will make thank-you cards for military veterans and local first responders.
  • Common Ground – Participants will engage in meaningful discussions about race relations and hopefully develop ongoing programming ideas for the spring Semester and beyond.
  • Dog Biscuits – Participants will make no-bake dog biscuits that will be donated to a local animal shelter.
  • Fleece Blankets – Participants will create no-sew fleece blankets to be donated to local homeless outreach organizations.
  • Care Kits for Homeless – Participants will be putting together personal hygiene kits that will be donated to local homeless shelters

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