MLK Day of Service
By Richard Staples | MolloyLife Media | News Content Editor
Martin Luther King Jr. was a stalwart for civil rights, social equality and public service. The late Baptist minister can be remembered pondering what he believed to be life's most persistent question. "What are you doing for others?" On Monday, January 21st, students and faculty of Molloy College attempted to answer King's question.
Through a series of workshops of community service both on and off campus, Molloy held its MLK Day of Service. There was ample opportunity for students to get involved and live forward the ideals that King proposed.
At Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, bilingual volunteers of Molloy supported a health screening team from Molloy's Doctor of Nursing program. In addition, at Bethany House, some students joined children for fun and games.
Campus workshops were available on campus for those curious to see the many ways they could give back. Various discussions centered around volunteer opportunities on Long Island, direct and indirect ways to serve and being able to volunteer at any age.
A series of practical volunteer activities held on campus were present as well. The "Bring The Smiles" venture had students assemble project materials for various clinics, hospitals andafterschool programs. Other students participated in assembling crocheted blankets for chemotherapy patients in Project ChemoCrochet. There were also those who sought to assemble plastic flatware bundles for the largest soup kitchen on Long Island, The Mary Brenan Inn.
The Day of Service proved to be a fruitful experience for those who participated. Junior Evans Raymond took some time to reflect on how King's vision tied into his day of service. "King reminded us that we cannot live comfortably when there are people out there going through hardships."
Sophomore Gaetane Bastien shared similar sentiments, remembering King's stance against injustice. "If even one person is suffering, we should all do the best we can to alleviate that suffering. Dr. King inspires me to not turn a blind eye to injustice, even if it does not directly affect me."
The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. lives on to this day, and people of all backgrounds and all colors came together for a common cause. Truly, Molloy College's Day of Service was a day on, and not a day off.