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King Day of Service seeks volunteers for Jan. 16 community projects

January 11, 2012
 Also see information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance ceremony planned for Jan. 16.
EAU CLAIRE — Members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and greater Eau Claire communities are encouraged to participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service community projects Jan. 16.

The Day of Service will commemorate King's life and his idea of service, said Ann Watson, the event's organizer.

Volunteers will meet at noon Jan. 16 at The Community Table in Eau Claire for a meal. They will then break into smaller groups to join in service projects during the afternoon, Watson said. Service projects will include things like painting at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, sorting donations at Beacon House and redistributing food at the Feed My People Food Bank, she said.

"There are a variety of project sites in the area," said Watson, who works in UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning. "This is only a few hours of time but can make a big difference in the community. This is a great way to get involved on a holiday that was designated as a day on, not off."

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate, Watson said, noting that UW-Eau Claire students can count the hours toward their service-learning requirement.

Volunteers are asked to donate a nonperishable food item to The Community Table.

The service projects will end at 4 p.m., leaving time for volunteers to attend a Martin Luther King Remembrance ceremony at 6 p.m. at St. James the Greater Church in Eau Claire.

Martin Luther King Day of Service sponsors are the Corporation for National and Community Service, Michigan Campus Compact and UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning. UW-Eau Claire is the only school in Wisconsin to be a Michigan Campus Compact MLK Day of Service mini-grantee, Watson said.

To register for the event, go to the online form or contact Watson at 715-836-5283 or watsonas@uwec.edu. The first 50 registrants will receive a T-shirt.

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