FLINT TWP. — Volunteers are needed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16, at Baker College’s Flint campus.
Maureen Miller, coordinator of student life and organizer of the Baker College Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, hopes to have at least 100 volunteers signed up that day to tackle several community service projects and assist with an American Red Cross blood drive.
“We want this day of service to be fun and fulfilling for our volunteers,” Miller said. “Our focus will be on giving and community action.”
Volunteers should sign up by Saturday, Jan. 14, at www. geneseeserves.org or www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday, or contact Miller at maureen. email@example.com or 810- 766-8752. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
This years’ service projects include making laundry soap, assembling literacy bags, writing valentines for veterans and crocheting sleeping mats for area charities and the Flint Community Schools.
The American Red Cross blood drive will be in the gym, from noon to 5:45 p.m. Walkins are welcome or appointments can be made online at www.redcrossblood.org — use sponsor code: FLINTBAKER. Blood donors on Jan. 16 will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.
By the end of the day, Miller hopes a coordinated effort will yield donations of 40 one-gallon bags of laundry soap, 350 literacy bags, 550 veterans’ valentines, three new sleeping mats and 45 pints of blood.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Baker College’s Flint campus is funded by a $500 grant from the Michigan Community Service Commission and in-kind donations from Barnes & Noble Inc. and Baker College.
Since passage of federal legislation in 1994 that designated a national Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the holiday has been transformed into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King.