Martin Luther King Day of Service
EECO AmeriCorps members and Bonner AmeriCorps members always serve on Martin Luther King Day, but it had never been held as a campus wide event at Montclair State University until January 19, 2015. EECO AmeriCorps members Courtney Moore and Robin Paoletti the co-coordinators of the event, encountered many obstacles, but their due diligence and can do attitudes really brought the campus community together with over 235 volunteers participating in the day’s events!
Staff, students, alumni and local volunteers connected with organizations such as Canterbury Village (West Orange), Neighbor to Neighbor Network (Bloomfield), St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen (Newark), YMCA of Montclair, Boys and Girls Club of Clifton, Montclair Fire Department, and the Montclair Community Farm.
For those who stayed on campus, volunteers made sandwiches that went to Eva’s Village and Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless (MESH), created literacy boards benefitting students in the Newark School District, designed Valentines for senior citizens and deployed soldiers, and made activity books for children that are in hospitals for extended periods of time.
The yield for the day included: 800 sandwiches, 65 activity books, 226 Valentine’s Day cards for the elderly and for deployed soldiers, 100 fire awareness kits, 200 literacy boards, making the day a little brighter for over 70 senior citizens by spending time socializing and instructing yoga.