Students volunteer for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and beyond

Penn State Berks students will be ?lending their paws for a good cause? as they volunteer at a variety of nonprofit organizations during the academic year. The following is a list of community service initiatives in January 2016.

Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), 9 a.m.?1 p.m., Students will begin this day of service on campus with breakfast and discussion about civic engagement and what it means to serve one's community. Then at 10:30 a.m., they will break into four groups and go to different sites in Berks County to perform community service. One group will head to Opportunity House to prepare and serve lunch to its clients. The second group will head to Animal Rescue League to help clean kennels and take donation inventory. A third group will head to the Olivet Boys and Girls Club on Walnut Street in Reading to assist with a Reading Enrichment program and discuss Martin Luther King Jr. and his many contributions to our nation?s history. The final group will head to Country Meadows in Wyomissing to work with the residents and help with a variety of projects. Students will arrive back on campus around 1:00 p.m. for lunch and to reflect on their service.

Wednesday, January 20, 4?5 p.m.
Students will participate in a Reading Enrichment Program with the youth at the Olivet Boys and Girls Club at the Walnut Street location.

Friday, January 22, 1?2:00 p.m.
Volunteers will walk dogs, clean kennels, and assist with donation inventory at the Animal Rescue League.

Wednesday, January 27, 1?2:30 p.m.
Students will help to run casino tables for the seniors during a ?casino day? at Country Meadows in Wyomissing.

For more information on these or future community service initiatives, contact Brittney Schlechter, Student Activities Coordinator, at 610-396-6068 or via e-mail at [email protected].