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University of Iowa News Release


Dec. 15, 2006

UI Community Encouraged To Take Part In Day of Service

This year, University of Iowa faculty and staff, students, and community members will have a chance to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a "day on, not a day off."

The UI Civic Engagement Program, in partnership with the 10,000 Hours Show of Eastern Iowa and the UI Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week 2007 Planning Committee, will sponsor a Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers who choose to use their day off (national MLK Holiday) to provide service to the local community will be able to participate in volunteer opportunities at various pre-arranged sites with community-based organizations. The Civic Engagement Program will provide transportation to and from the service sites from the Iowa Memorial Union.

"This important occasion gives us all a chance to honor Dr. King, give back to our community, and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and service learning at the University of Iowa all at once," said Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan.

Interested individuals or groups may contact the Civic Engagement Program at 319-335-7589 or access information about the MLK Day of Service and a downloadable participation form at the UI's Martin Luther King Day official website: Participants must register for the local Day of Service by Jan. 8.

"The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service provides a wonderful opportunity to teach students by precept and example that being a well-informed and engaged citizen includes service to one's community," said Phillip Jones, Vice President and Dean of Students.

After volunteering, participants will be encouraged to return to the IMU 2nd Floor Ballroom at 4:30 p.m. to attend the Convocation "Day of Unity" where their efforts will be recognized during the program. The Day of Service kicks off Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week at the UI, which will end Jan. 19 with the UI's first annual "Pay it Forward Friday." This event will consist of a clothing, food, and personal hygiene products drive and will honor UI students, staff, and faculty who have volunteered in natural disasters throughout the world.                                                                                                                                                        

The Day of Service is one of hundreds of activities held in states and cities nationwide to honor the legacy of Dr. King. In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, directing the King Center and the Corporation for National and Community Service to carry out a day of service reflecting Dr. King's life and teachings.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the UI Civic Engagement Program, 210 IMU, 319-335-7589.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Program: Mary Mathew Wilson, coordinator, UI Civic Engagement Program, 319-335-7589,; Writer: Traci Finch