UB invites community to join and volunteer on MLK Day of Service on January 20

Whether you’re concerned about animals, want to prepare healthy meals for the needy, or feel like bringing a smile to the elderly, there are dozens of ways to make a difference in Fairfield County on January 20, when the University of Bridgeport (UB) and area agencies host the 10th Annual MLK Day of Service.

Volunteers of all ages are invited join the celebratory day of giving back—or drop in for a few hours of pitching in.

Day of Service begins with 8:30 a.m. opening ceremonies in the John J. Cox Student Center on the UB campus at 244 University Avenue, Bridgeport. Transportation will be provided to ferry volunteers to service projects that will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. throughout Fairfield County.

At 1p.m., volunteers will gather back at the Student Center for lunch, a time of reflection, raffle for special prizes, and closing ceremonies.

All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and a light breakfast and lunch. For information, or to register as a volunteer, go to www.ubmlkday2014.eventbrite.com or contact Jennifer Turner at jenniftu@bridgpeort.edu

Events are being coordinated by the UB Office of Student Activities and Civic Engagement and the Division of Student Affairs, Southwest CT AHEC.

Day of Service 2014 is sponsored from a grant from Service For Peace and the Center for National and Community Service and generous donations from Whole Foods Fairfield and Subway.

Volunteer activities include:

  • Harborview Towers – Participants will serve lunch and enjoy conversation and recreational games with elderly residents.
  • Thomas Merton Center – Participants will be stocking the food pantry, helping clients and cleaning around the center.
  • St. Mark’s Day Care – Participants will be doing various maintenance and cleaning projects around the day care.
  • McGivny Center – Volunteers will work with children.
  • Prospect House – Participants will be cleaning around the site.
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport – Volunteers will be cleaning and organizing the food pantry and kitchen.

There will also be many on-site service opportunities held at UB, including:

  • Feeding Children Everywhere – Participants will make 12,000 nutritious family meal kits that will be donated to local food banks.
  • 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.
  • Freedom Writers – Participants will engage in free writing exercises surrounding Dr. King’s legacy.


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