MLK Day: Day of Service at College of Wooster

OneEighty was honored to be invited to host a service project at the College of Wooster on Martin Luthern King Jr. Day.

The Daily Record "College of Wooster celebrates MLK Day with service projects" article from 1/20/2020:

Nate Addington, the school’s director of experiential learning and community engagement, stated that service projects fits perfectly with the college’s mission to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

There were many great events on campus and in the community on MLK day. The service projects remains a core component of COW celebration. "It is a way to mark the College’s commitment to giving back to the local community and investment in a holistic approach to social justice,” Addington said. “MLK day remains the only federal holiday that is designated as a National Day of Service and we are excited to help lead that effort here in Wayne County.”

Service projects became part of the college’s MLK commemoration in 2011, Addington said, and “since then they have grown substantially in terms of overall number, but also in terms of the number of community partners that are participating.”

OneEighty's service project asked students and community members to create survivor bags. Studies show that the most dangerous times for a victim of domestic violence/intimate partner violence are upon leaving the abuser, and the first three months after. The entire first year of freedom remains dangerous. The components of the survivor bag aid in lending both physical and emotional support. Each participant had the opportunity to create their own design on the bag. Each bag will contain: flashlight, safety alarm, stress ball, whistle and travel size Kleenex. 

The event was scheduled to have 30 participants, but 50 participants attended!