Connecting to the Community
Student Organizations Join Together for Largest MLK Day of Service
More than 130 students at UNC Asheville chose to have “A Day On” rather than a day off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, joining together to serve the community at eight different sites during the day, including the WNC Nature Center, the Asheville Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity.
The Black Student Association (BSA) selected Hall Fletcher Elementary, extending their efforts to connect with area schools.
“Some members worked in beautification painting fences, while others sorted through piles of books in the library,” said Erin Hill, president of the Black Student Association. “Overall the day was a huge success as we, as an organization were able to come together and bond while creating a connection with our Asheville community at large.
The student volunteers tallied approximately 660 hours of service and represented 26 campus organizations, making the 2014 annual event the largest MLK Day of Service in UNC Asheville’s history.
“If we calculate our contributions to local organizations using only minimum wage as an average – that's almost $5,000 in time donated to the local community,” said Selena Hilemon, director of the Key Center for Community Citizenship and Service-Learning at UNC Asheville.
The Key Center, Multicultural Student Programs and Student Activities Involvement and Leadership partnered to create the event, which was coordinated by AmeriCorps VISTA Jess-Mara Jordan.
Visit the Key Center to learn more about service-learning opportunities at UNC Asheville.