BGSU to begin centennial year with day of community service

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Bowling Green State University will make Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18, the kickoff service event for the University’s centennial celebration, which will honor its 100 years of education by contributing 1 million hours of service.

The BGSU Office of Service-Learning joins over 75 other universities across the nation in completing the MLK Service Challenge to honor King and his work in the community. For the second year in a row, campus organizations will partner with community agencies to provide help.

Participation is open to all faculty, staff and students, as individuals or groups. The service-learning office is anticipating 250 volunteers at 15 service sites.

Registered volunteers will work as a team to accomplish a community service “challenge” at a local nonprofit agency. The team challenges will remain a mystery until the day of the event, and each team will be required to utilize its talents and skills to complete the challenge, explained Dr. Jane Rosser, service-learning director.

Questions about the projects and the day of service can be directed to the Office of Service-Learning Civic Action Leaders Program, CivicActionLead@bgsu.edu.

Community members are asked to help teams that request assistance with a project. They may be collecting toiletries for families in crisis or food for a food bank, looking to buy supplies to paint or decorate a space, need help to complete a survey or to distribute information, or need ideas for how to achieve a new goal. “The more help they get, the greater impact they can have in our community,” Rosser said.

To offer help, community members should contact the Office of Service-Learning at 419-372-9288 and ask for Rosser (jrosser@bgsu.edu) or Paul Valdez (pvaldez@bgsu.edu). Donations can be sent to the Office of Service-Learning, 315 University Hall, Bowling Green, OH 43403.

The day of service is made possible with the financial support of numerous campus offices and organizations, in addition to Coca-Cola and the Bowling Green city transit department. The event would also not be possible without in-kind donations from BGSU’s Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Continuing and Extended Education, theatre and film department and geology department, along with Coca-Cola, the Enclave, First United Methodist Church, Screen Printed Products, Dinky’s Pizza, Campus Pollyeyes, Myles Pizza, Papa Johns, Pagliai’s, Pizza Hut, Pisanello’s and Wal-Mart.

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(Posted January 12, 2010 )