By Sarah Demerly

Madonna University, students and staff, will come together and lend a hand Jan. 18 by participating in the Martin Luther King Day of Service.

MLK Day provides an opportunity for volunteers to make a difference throughout communities across Southeast Michigan.

Every year, MU collaborates with local universities and the United Way of Southeast Michigan. This year, students and staff will volunteer at more than 20 different work sites where they’ll package food for needy families, paint an elementary school gym and learn to mentor young children. 

“Madonna University has been involved with this event for many years and they are a strong member of the collaborative. The office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is a major sponsor of the event,” said Nicole Nagy, 23, Michigan Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA in the Office of the First-Year Experience.

MLK Day will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the university center of the University of Michigan Dearborn. Volunteers will gather for registration, breakfast and the kick-off ceremony before carpooling to their work sites by 9 a.m.

After a few hours of work, volunteers carpool back to UM-Dearborn for lunch and a reflection. The cost of the event will be approximately $14 per person, and will cover breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt.

According to the United Way of Southeast Michigan, the event continues growing every year and unfortunately, due in large part to the current state of the economy, continues to become more important and necessary.

“At United Way for Southeastern Michigan we understand that this year's King Day of Service is coming at a time when many nonprofits are dealing with both increased demand due to economic crisis and decreased support from the public and private sectors. These pressures make it obvious that individuals taking personal stock in transforming their own communities will soon be a necessity not a luxury,” according to the United Way of Southeast Michigan.

Any person can participate and last year, the 2009 event, had more than 500 students, faculty and staff members at 23 community agencies.

This year’s theme is based on a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”

For more information or to register for the event, visit:


Students needed for MLK Day of Service