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
- MCC-Blue River:
- MCC-Business & Technology:
- ReStart, Kansas City
- On-campus activities, including sorting of items for charity
- MCC-Maple Woods:
- MCC-Penn Valley:
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.
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.