Students Rally for MLK Day of Service (2012)
Part of the Bluefield College mission is to be a Christ-centered college "in service to God and the community." Students, faculty and staff will live out that mission with a day of service, Monday, January 16, a tribute to the legacy of service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 6, 2012
Sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service in conjunction with the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, the MLK National Day of Service is designed to mobilize thousands of non-profit groups, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses in a nationwide day of service to others. Additionally, the event helps keep Dr. King's legacy of service alive and challenges individuals to make service a part of their everyday lives.
"Martin Luther King once said that 'life's most persistent and urgent question is 'what are you doing for others?''" said Kristen Garrett, who is organizing BC's MLK Day of Service. "Bluefield College wants to answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve our neighbors and our community."
Bluefield College students, faculty and staff will volunteer, Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King Day, at the Bluefield Union Mission in Bluefield, West Virginia, the Bland Ministry Center in Bland, Virginia, and the WISE Center (Women in Search of Empowerment) in Bluefield, West Virginia.
"Numerous members of the Bluefield College family are expected to participate," said Garrett, "to make a difference in the lives of individuals living in our community. Our hope is that this day of service will leverage the strength of our students and employees to help tackle local problems and advance Dr. King's dream of opportunity for all."
The Bluefield College volunteers will join thousands of other Americans participating in the day of service. Typically, Americans of every age and background celebrate MLK Day through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions. The event is just one way to transform Dr. King's life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems.
"This national day of service honors Dr. King's legacy and his commitment to transforming our nation through service to others," said Garrett. "We encourage other local residents to join in taking action to help solve problems in our community."
To join the Bluefield College family in its three service projects for MLK Day, contact the BC Office of Public Relations by phone at 276-326-4212 or by e-mail at For more information about the MLK National Day of Service and what's taking place across the country, visit MLKDay.gov.