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'Day on,' not 'day off' is goal of joint King Day drive
10/13/09

“A day on” rather than a “day off” is the goal of a joint Alfred University-Alfred State College project to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2010.

The schools, located across the street from each other, are planning a Community Resource Drive from Nov. 1-Dec. 11.

“The idea for the Community Resource Drive is the outcome of a grant from North Carolina Campus Compact (NCCC) and the Corporation for National and Community Service,” explains Ryan Arroyo, Service Learning coordinator/AmeriCorps VISTA member, who is coordinating the effort on the AU campus.

The goal is to “transform the Martin Luther King holiday from a day off to a ‘day on,’ with volunteerism and community involvement.”
This year, the two campuses hope to recruit at least 140 student volunteers to be part of the drive, which will connect community-based organizations with students from the schools.

Community organizations will have an opportunity to submit resource lists with both material items and volunteer hours that students, faculty and staff may donate to the organization of their choice. On Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Jan. 18, 2010, students will deliver the items collected to each organization.
Alfred State coordinators are Dr. Jerri Drummond, associate vice president of Student Development and director of Multicultural Affairs, and Jeanine Rose, Counseling Services.

“I think this is a great opportunity for Alfred University and Alfred State,” said Arroyo. “This is the next step in building a culture of engagement among students on both campuses while at the same time increasing both schools’ roles as community partners in Allegany County.”

Anyone who wishes to be a part of the Community Resource Drive is asked to contact Arroyo at 607.871.2702 or Drummond and Rose at 607.587.4050.