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DATE: Jan. 10, 2005

Service will mark MLK Day on campus

DEARBORN---Volunteers from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the surrounding community will spend Monday, Jan. 17 helping others in honor of the eleventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Day, which commemorates the achievements of the late civil rights leader.

UM-Dearborn is collaborating with United Way Community Services, Davenport University and Henry Ford Community College.

Faculty, staff, students and alumni registered in November to volunteer at 22 sites around metro Detroit, including nonprofit agencies, soup kitchens, senior centers and schools. About 150 volunteers will participate in the event, which was established in 1994 by UM-Dearborn and United Way Community Services.

Among the activities, volunteers will assist teenage girls with craft projects at Barat Child and Family Services, bring their pets to visit with residents at Advance Nursing Home in Inkster and Presbyterian Village in Westland, and help prepare lunch for the homeless at the Coalition On Temporary Shelter in Detroit.

"Periodically, the consequences of acts of nature, as well as the actions of humans, provide very dramatic and tragic opportunities for us to show our compassion for others and, as we have done recently, many of us respond with monetary and other forms of aid," according to Eric Bolling, affirmative action coordinator and co-chair of the campus committee organizing the event.

"However, as we are reminded by Dr. King's observation that 'Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?', assisting others should be an integral part of our lives and not an occasional response to major tragedy," he said. "We have individually made or will make contributions to help those elsewhere, the MLK Community Service Day activities on January 17 are opportunities for us to collaborate in a group effort to contribute to improvement in some aspects of the lives of some of our immediate neighbors with needs."

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