MLK Day is a day on, not a day off for MCC students and employees

MCC students Mayara Leal (from left), Marlon Jones, Jonathan Enright and Zaria Wilson at the Harvesters food bank

Metropolitan Community College will again honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by joining in the nationwide volunteer service initiative on the federal holiday commemorating his birth.

Organizers of the MLK Day of Service would like participants to think of Monday, Jan. 15, as “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff members and administrators from the MCC campuses will gather to lend a hand at a variety of locations across the Greater Kansas City area. (Sign up to volunteer here.)

2018 volunteer sites by campus


Chancellor Kimberly Beatty and students prepare boxes at Harvesters

Volunteering is inherent to the MCC mission of serving communities. On Dec. 12, Chancellor Kimberly Beatty joined students from MCC-Longview and MCC-Penn Valley at Harvesters as a precursor to MLK Day of Service activities.

“Every little thing that people do, and that we do in our jobs, you don’t realize the true impact that it has on people. And it’s this type of work that keeps all of us centered and grounded and helps us to understand why what we do in our little space in the world (is) important to the greater society,” said Dr. Beatty.

Mayara Leal, a sophomore at MCC-Longview, packed boxes alongside Dr. Beatty. “It’s such a delight, you know, that someone’s going to be blessed by this,” said Leal, adding, “We are not wasting our time but actually gaining the time of serving others and serving the community.”

“MCC has five campuses, and it’s so good to see all the people from everywhere coming around to kind of unite and help the community — because you know we are a community college, so it’s kind of like half of our name,” said MCC-Penn Valley Early College student Jonathan Enright.

Zaria Wilson (from left), Dr. Kimberly Beatty, Marlon Jones, Jonathan Enright and Mayara Leal

Also new to the College this year as part of its commemoration of Dr. King, the MCC Foundation is supporting an expanded scholarship initiative. MCC will hold its fourth annual employee-only Chancellor’s MLK Scholarship Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 19, at which the 2018 scholarship recipients will be named.

The scholarship, previously awarded to a single student in MCC’s Early College program, will now be open to students collegewide, with a scholarship being awarded to a student on each of the five MCC campuses. The value of each award is $500.