Students Dedicate Weekend of Service to Martin Luther King, Jr.

WASHINGTON, PA (Jan. 23, 2013)—Washington & Jefferson College students joined Americans of every age and background in celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by participating in community service projects.         

The students made a difference for a variety of organizations.

“MLK Day is a nationally recognized day of service, but what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood for is something the Office of Volunteer Programs and the students at W&J strive to achieve every day—and that is making a positive impact on the life of others,” said Justin Dandoy, director of volunteer programs at W&J.

Dandoy said students volunteered at Dress for Success, an organization that provides women in need with professional clothing. Volunteers sorted donations and created outfits, which will help women secure and maintain employment. Students also volunteered at the Literacy Council of Southwestern Pennsylvania, where they helped assemble “baby book bags,” which contained children’s books and literature emphasizing the importance of reading to babies from birth, given to new mothers at Washington Hospital.

Dandoy added that throughout the month of January, the Office of Volunteer Programs is collecting items for Emergency Preparedness Kits for the Red Cross which will be distributed in the local community. Students volunteered Jan. 21 to assemble the kits and write letters to those who will be receiving the kits. This effort will continue through the spring semester.