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USF Offering Chance To Participate In MLK Day Activities

While many schools and businesses in the area are taking the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday off as a holiday, the University of Saint Francis, in partnership with the YWCA, will take a different approach. Paying tribute to Dr. King through “A Day On, Not a Day Off” and a panel discussion later in the week will provide opportunities for all to learn more about this great man’s life and times, and to serve at campus activities and local agencies in the community. The community is invited to join the university for the following events:

Monday, January 18

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – “Connecting With the Dream: Call to Service and Mass” (North Campus Auditorium)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch at North Campus building

1 – 4 p.m. – Service Projects on and off campus (registration required):

· Linus Blanket Making – (USF North Campus Gym)

· Warm Fuzzies – learning to crochet or knit warm outerwear for children in need (USF North Campus Gym)

· Bread for the World Letter writing – writing letters to political leaders to gain support for federal food programs

· Local volunteer opportunities: Mustard Seed Furniture Bank, Associated Churches Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Science Central, The Community Center, Friends of the Poor, Franciscan Center

Wednesday, January 20

7 – 8:30 p.m. – Panel Presentation “Why We Can’t Wait: Our Beloved Community Seeks Nonviolence” (North Campus Auditorium)

This panel of local leaders will address the challenge of violence in our community and how we as a community can collaborate more effectively to bring about positive change. The panel will be moderated by Heather Jeffries, assistant professor and director of Criminal Justice and Criminology at USF. Panelists will include:

· Dr. Bill McGill, Sr. Pastor of Imani Baptist Temple

· Zena Moore-Hollins, mother of a local homicide victim

· Tornell Moore, Allen County Court Case Manager

· David Gladieux, Allen County Sheriff

· Steve Reed, Fort Wayne Police Department Assistant Chief

More information about these events and links to register for service events can be found at