VERMILLION, S.D. – In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 15, the University of South Dakota will show their support with a project aimed at sending volunteers out into local communities.
The USD Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE) will be organizing a number of community service projects for volunteers to help with on the national day of service.
Among the multitude of organizations which volunteers will be able to help are: the River City Domestic Violence Center, the Vermillion Welcome Table, the Vermillion Food Pantry, the Vermillion Public Library, the Vermillion Recycling Center, the Sanford Care Center, SESDAC Inc., the National Music Museum, the Boys and Girls Club of Yankton, St. Agnes School, the Heartland Humane Society and the Newman Center.
Kim Albracht, the assistant director of academic engagement for CAGE, said volunteers will be involved in a wide array of activities, from facilitating creative and social activities for some of the organizations to helping with cleaning and maintenance duties for others.
“I believe there is a strong culture of volunteerism and community service here at USD and in the Midwest in general," she said. “Celebrating the legacy of Dr. King with people across the nation as we engage in service demonstrates and reminds us that we do care and want to make our communities, and our country as a whole, stronger by working together.”
Volunteers will begin the check-in process and enjoy hot cocoa in the Muenster University Center at 12:15 p.m. and then will be sent to perform service for organizations across Vermillion and Yankton from 1-4 p.m.
USD will also be hosting University of Denver Chancellor and Provost on Diversity and Inclusion Frank Tuitt, Ed.D. for a keynote address titled "Making Excellence Inclusive in Challenging Times: The Continued Struggle for Socially Just Campus Environments." This event is hosted Tuesday, January 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Old Main's Farber Hall.