Staff Volunteer for MLK Day of Service

Ilse Damkoehler (Internationalization and Global Engagement)

Ilse Damkoehler (Internationalization and Global Engagement)

On January 22, Emerson College held its third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a campus-wide event honoring the legacies of King and other social justice leaders, educating the community about the importance of solidarity, and connecting Emersonians through service. The event, co-organized by the Office of Academic Engagement and Community Action and the Office of Off-Campus Student Services, included both on- and off-campus opportunities for service with nonprofits and schools.

Sixteen staff members participated in this year’s event, along with 38 students, 1 faculty member, and 1 community member. Helping to organize the projects was Emerson’s community partner, City Mission (CM).

Students made cards for the elderly.

Students made cards for the elderly.

The day was a huge success with volunteers making 43 scarves and 250 snack bags for people experiencing homelessness, 18 blankets for babies living with AIDS, 19 T-shirt tote bags, and 80 Valentine’s Day and spring greeting cards for the elderly.

Susannah Marcucci (International Student Affairs)

Susannah Marcucci (International Student Affairs)

“It made me really happy knowing that my efforts would (hopefully) put a smile on someone’s face,”said Ilse Damkoehler (Internationalization and Global Engagement). She added, “I’m already looking forward to getting involved next year.”

Matt Finn (Academic Affairs) commented, “Helping a great cause and coming together as staff, faculty, and students is a great thing!” 

Jill Davidson (Academic Affairs)

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