by Alana J. Mauger
Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters joined thousands of individuals and organizations across the nation in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 20 for an annual day of service.
Close to 150 participants – the largest turnout since introducing MCCC’s annual college-wide day of service four years ago – volunteered at three sites in Montgomery County: Habitat for Humanity ReStore in East Norriton, Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, and Olivet Boys & Girls Club in Pottstown.
“We’re impressed with the turnout,” said Jenna Klaus, assistant director of civic and community engagement. “This is the first year we opened it up to alumni and partnered with an outside organization [AllForGood.org] for sign ups. As a result, we had several community volunteers join us, including 30 students and staff from Penn Christian Academy.”
In addition to honoring King, the day of service also officially kicked off the College’s “50 Acts of Kindness” initiative as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.
“In celebration of our 50th anniversary, we’re organizing 50 acts of community service throughout 2014 – one for every year since the College has been in existence,” explained Klaus.
According to Klaus, more than 35 activities are already on the books, with more being planned by MCCC’s student clubs and organizations.
To learn more about MCCC’s 50th Anniversary activities, visit mc3.edu/50.
For information about civic and community engagement at MCCC, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Alana J. Mauger, Megan Sneeringer, Diane Vandyke and Stephanie Wittig