Sixteen community partners.

More than 200 students.

Nearly 700 service hours.

The impact of this year’s MLK Day of Service will be felt for years to come.

Spartans spent Monday morning living out the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by serving others and investing in their community – repairing fencing at the historic Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, making fleece blankets for Project Linus and serving meals at Greensboro Urban Ministry, among other projects.

The event, organized by UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL), is the university’s largest service event each year.

“Our students connect strongly with Dr. King’s civil rights work,” said Kristina Gage, assistant director for community engagement for OLSL. “The service projects and critical reflection that make up the Day of Service are a meaningful tribute to Dr. King and his legacy.”

Gage and her team work to identify service projects that fit the unique interests and skills of individual students and student groups. For example, UNCG’s Health Occupations Students of America chapter worked with Cone Health’s Alight Program, which supports local breast cancer patients and their families.

UNCG’s commitment to service dates back to the beginning of the university – the motto “Service” was adopted by the school’s first graduates in 1893.

Now, 125 years later, the motto still resonates deeply with students.

“One of the many things I love about UNCG is how dedicated it is to service and giving back to the community,” said sophomore Calyssa Ponder, who served as one of the site leaders on Monday. “Participating in service has allowed me to understand the various privileges I hold and what it truly means to be thankful for each blessing that I am given.”

To learn more about service opportunities at UNCG, visit olsl.uncg.edu.

Check out the MLK Day of Service social media highlights below.

 

Loved serving today at the #gsocurbmarket thank you for having us! #uncgservice @uncg_olsl

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Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications