MLK Day of Service event planned at Illinois College


The Leadership Program at Illinois College will be co-sponsoring a Martin Luther King Day of Service event with Best Buddies, Alpha Phi Omega, the Coalition for Ethnic Awareness and Jenny Barker Devine’s leadership in democracy class on January 21st.

“We will be working with individuals with developmental disabilities from our community to make fleece scarves to donate to local community closets, as well as creating valentines to donate to local nursing homes,” Katie Brunk, AmeriCorps VISTA, said. “The student groups wanted to give individuals with developmental disabilities, a valuable and often overlooked demographic, a chance to give back and engage with our community.”

A group of 35 to 40 students, along with individuals from the Elm City Center, will be in Memorial Gymnasium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. If you would like to participate or donate to the project contact Brunk at 217.245.3571 or at

The Martin Luther King federal holiday was designated in 1983, but in 1994 Congress designated it as a National Day of Service — the only federal holiday observed as such a day. The MLK Day website explains, “On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers and create solutions.”


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