Faculty and staff members are needed to serve as mentors for MLK Day of Service on January 17, 2011. In its second year SFA students are asked to give a day on on their day off and help the SFA community on MLK Day. This year’s theme is “Legacy: What’s Yours?” and will team student volunteers with area retirement homes. Students will get the chance to help and interact with area senior citizens and help to produce bingo days, sock-hop dances and other fun activities. “We feel like the chance for our students to meet and interact with our seniors is a great way to help our students connect with a sense of living history. These older folks have tremendous stories to tell.” said Randi Cooper, SFA Service graduate assistant.
Faculty and staff are needed for onsite support and to facilitate reflection with the students participating. Because of the sensitive nature of working with area retirement homes faculty and staff will also receive information on how to maintain confidentiality and help students work with residents with special needs. “While we anticipate this will be a fun day of service and learning we also want to be sensitive to the needs of these residents while providing our students with the support they will need.” added Cooper. Faculty and staff who are interested can call 468-1018 and R.S.V.P. with Kay Custer or email the SFA Service program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MLK Day of Service will begin on January 17th, 2011 with an opening reception and lunch in the BPSC Grand Ballroom at 11 AM and service projects will last throughout the afternoon. MLK Day of Service is generously funded by a grant and participants will receive a t-shirt for volunteer identification and a light lunch.