Penn State Berks students to serve local community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

READING, Pa. — In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, Penn State Berks students will volunteer in the local community and complete community service activities on campus in an effort to honor the life and legacy of the civil rights leader.

Throughout the day, students will prepare lunch for the clients of Opportunity House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., while another group will travel to the Olivet Boys & Girls Club PAL Unit on Walnut Street in Reading to assist with their MLK celebration from 12 to 2:30 p.m. Yet another group will sort and pack donated items at the Greater Berks Food Bank from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

On campus, students will create items that will be donated to local agencies including the Animal Rescue League, Berks County Intermediate Unit, Opportunity House, and Safe Berks from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room.

These community service initiatives will be performed under the supervision of Autumn Fritz, assistant director of community development, who will challenge the students to think about themes from Martin Luther King Jr.'s messages and how they relate to serving these very different communities.

For additional information, contact Fritz at 610-396-6098 or [email protected].