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More than 50 students, community members to volunteer at five sites Jan. 18

RELEASED: Jan. 13, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire AmeriCorps members will mobilize more than 50 campus and community volunteers Jan. 18 to perform community service as part of a national effort funded by The Campus Kitchens Project.

While the university will be closed Jan. 18 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, the day will be a "day on, not a day off" for university and community volunteers, according to UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning.

Events will include lunch and a presentation at 12:30 p.m. at The Community Table (320 Putnam St.) Service activities will follow at the Bolton Refuge House, The Community Table, Boys and Girls Club, L.E. Phillips Senior Center and The Campus Kitchen Project.

Following the service day, participants will be encouraged to attend the ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Ecumenical Religious Center on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Volunteer efforts will continue beyond January with a semesterlong program of service culminating on Global Youth Service Day in April.

The projects all will be funded through a grant from The Campus Kitchens Project, which connects college students with dining services staff to volunteer, develop and lead programs that provide hunger relief in their communities.

The Jan. 18 activities also are sponsored by the Center for Service-Learning and Jumpstart Eau Claire, which matches UW-Eau Claire students with preschoolers who need extra assistance to master school readiness skills.

For more information, e-mail mlkdayeauclaire@gmail.com or call 715-836-3988.

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