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Volunteers sought for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 9, 2014

EAU CLAIRE — Members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and greater Eau Claire communities are invited to participate in volunteer projects as part of a Day of Service on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20.

"The Day of Service serves as a reminder of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and is a day where people come together to enrich their community through service," said Cassandra Johnston, a UW-Eau Claire senior marketing major from Manitowoc. Johnston is the event's organizer and volunteer coordinator for the AmeriCorps ECLIPSE (Early Childhood Literacy Intervention Program, Services and Evaluation) program at UW-Eau Claire.

Volunteers will meet at noon Jan. 20 at The Community Table in Eau Claire for a meal. They will then break into smaller groups to join in community service projects around the Eau Claire area during the afternoon. The Community Table is located at 320 Putnam St.

"The organizations that volunteers will be working with are the Boys & Girls Club, Feed My People Food Bank, St. Francis Food Pantry and Beacon House," Johnston said. "Everyone is welcome to participate. We especially encourage families and students to participate together."

UW-Eau Claire students volunteering at the Day of Service can count the hours toward their service-learning requirement, Johnston said.

Volunteers may also 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.

The Martin Luther King Day of Service is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning.

To register for the event, send an email to Johnston at Registrants can sign up to work as a group or individually.

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