Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness.” Shenandoah University chooses the altruistic path.
January 15, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
The Center for Public Service & Scholarship is partnering with The United Way to recruit both Shenandoah students and community members to help package and distribute informational material bags to the families in the North End of Winchester on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Packaging will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.at the Our Health Building, 329 N. Cameron St., Winchester, VA. Distribution on foot will immediately follow packing, concluding by 12:00PM at various locations/neighborhoods in the North End. The Center for Public Service & Scholarship is partnering with The United Way to recruit both Shenandoah students and community members to help package and distribute informational material bags to the families in the North End of Winchester on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This service project honors the memory of Dr. King by recognizing his belief that “everybody can be great…because everybody can serve.” This is a free event open to the community, students, faculty, and staff. Those who wish to participate must sign up via the United Way Service Sign Up Form. For more information, please contact Dr. Karen Schultz, Director of the Center for Public Service and Scholarship, at email@example.com.
January 15, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Volunteering at a preschool is one of the most fun and rewarding ways to get involved in helping the youngest members of our community! The Winchester Day Preschool is hosting any Shenandoah students, faculty or staff or Winchester community members that are eager to interact and read to preschoolers. This volunteering opportunity will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at their downtown Winchester location (133 Lincoln Street, Winchester, VA 22601). For more information, visit the Center for Public Service and Scholarship in Gregory Hall, room 157 with additional questions.
January 15, 11:00 am-3:30 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day food packaging will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Shingleton Gymnasium. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, and to show that his legacy has continued on–despite an attempt to stop it, Spiritual Life will be packaging 50,000 meals to feed those in need around our country and in our world. Community members, students, staff and faculty are invited to sign up for one of two shifts, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Meals are distributed in America and around the world to those experiencing hunger. For more information, visit www.riseagainsthunger.org or contact Spiritual Life at 540/535-3546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 15, 1:00-2:00 pm
Learn more about the service opportunities in our local Winchester community by joining the Executive Director of Our Health, Sharen Gromling, for a comprehensive tour of the Our Health campus in downtown Winchester. Our Health provides leadership to its 78 partner agencies in grants writing and administration, training and technical assistance to nonprofit boards and staff, and administrative and financial management support. It is home to twenty-one campus partners, offering a convenient location in Winchester to better serve the needs of the local community as well as the students, faculty and staff of Shenandoah University. During the tour, community members, students, faculty and staff will be given an exclusive view of daily operations from organizations such as the United Way of NSV, Sinclair Health Clinic, Literacy Volunteers and many more. The tour will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the Our Health Campus. Transportation will be available at 12:45 p.m. in front of the Brandt Student Center and will return around 2:15 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Karen Schultz, Director of the Center for Public Service and Scholarship at email@example.com.
January 15, 1:00-4:00 pm
Winchester community members and Shenandoah University students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to interact with youth ages 6 to 18 courtesy of The Kids Clubs of Northern Shenandoah Valley from 1 to 4 p.m. The main activity will be assisting the youth with stuffing drawstring bags for the homeless population. This volunteer opportunity is available for up to 20 community members, students, faculty and staff and is held at their downtown location (2400 Roosevelt Blvd, Winchester, VA 22601). Those who wish to participate must sign up via the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Sign Up Form. For more information, contact the Kids Club Program Director, Bridgette Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 15, 6:30-7:30 pm
Interested in making a difference through providing balanced meals to those in need? By collecting surplus food from the on-campus dining facility and developing partnerships with local social service agencies, the student-led organization, SU Campus Kitchen, turns unused food into healthy meals for those in need. On Monday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Campus Kitchens will be hosting their weekly meal packaging in the Allen Dining Hall in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Week. Those who wish to participate must sign up via the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Sign Up Form. For more information, contact Gabrielle Casey at email@example.com or follow CKSU on Facebook.
January 16, 18, & 19, 9:00 am-12:00 pm & 1:00-4:00 pm
Volunteers are an important part of every department at the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in Winchester, and there are numerous opportunities to serve. Community members, students, faculty and staff are able to sign up for shifts which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, Thursday, Jan. 18 and Friday, Jan. 19 during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Week. Hands on activity with the animals, animal care, cleaning cages, sweeping, and interacting with the staff, is among the many activities that will take place during each shift. Participants are required to wear work pants and closed toe shoes. This volunteering opportunity will be held at their Winchester location (111 Featherbed Ln, Winchester, VA 22601). For more information, contact Gaitlin Ives at 540/662-8618 (ex. 409).
January 16, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Register to Vote is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brandt Student Center. In order to change the world, you have to be involved in choosing its leaders. Make your voice heard by registering to vote! Stop by and register to vote, update your voting information or simply check to see if you are registered. In 2016, millions of Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. Updating your voter registration is the surest way to ensure a trouble-free experience at the polls. For more information, contact the Center for Public Service and Scholarship by stopping by Gregory Hall, Room 157 or by calling 540/665-4696.