Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,
a National Day of Service
February 12, 2015
Hempstead, NY – In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day students and faculty at Briarcliffe College in Bethpage and volunteers and staff members from the Long Island Volunteer Center came together to host a day of service on their campus. Using an assembly line system, students put together 100 emergency preparedness kits that were donated to Madonna Heights, an organization that helps vulnerable women and families, and the Interfaith Nutrition Network, an organization that has one of the largest soup kitchens on Long Island and provides many other social services to at-risk members of the community.
The kits contained items such as dust masks, whistles, water bottles, plastic garbage bags, LED flash lights, rain ponchos, pamphlets, wet ones, and first aid kits which were all placed in draw string bags. These items will all be useful to the families they are given to in case of an emergency such as the blizzard that just hit the East Coast and as a reminder of the importance of being ready for any kind of disaster.
The enthusiasm for the project from the students was inspiring, and they were able to take a minute before the event began to reflect on the importance of volunteerism and giving back to the community around a National Day of Service such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will hopefully be the first of many collaborations between the Long Island Volunteer Center and Briarcliffe College to incorporate volunteerism into the daily lives of students.
For more information contact the Long Island Volunteer Center 516-564-5482 or
Briarcliffe College: 516-918-3600 or http://www.briarcliffe.edu/
About The Long Island Volunteer Center
Created in 1992 to improve the quality of life for all Long Islanders, the Long Island Volunteer Center is a nonprofit organization that encourages people to engage in service to their communities and mobilizes volunteers and donations to support community service initiatives.
About Briarcliffe College
Briarcliffe College is a career-focused institution of higher learning built on the principle that anyone with the desire to go far in life can do so through industry-current, market-relevant education. Since 1966, we have been providing our diverse student population with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to pursue success in an increasingly competitive job market. We work closely with the businesses in our community to ensure we are providing students with marketable skills in today’s most exciting fields.