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MLK Day 2019 Day of Service

Rush University is set to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with its annual day of service Monday, Jan. 21. As part of this, students from each of the University’s four colleges will participate in services throughout the day.

“This is really who we are at Rush. Service is such a big part of our culture,” says Sharon Gates, senior director of Community Engagement at Rush. “Our students want to know, ‘How can I make some kind of impact on the community with the talent I possess?’”

Nine years ago, Rush University students chose to honor Martin Luther King Jr. by giving their time to the underserved community. Over the years, several student groups have taken the lead in planning.

The activities taking place include:

On campus

  • Make fleece blankets for the homeless (9:30 a.m. to noon).
  • Donate items for female military veterans being treated at the Road Home Program: the Center for Veterans and Their Families at Rush (all day). Bring donations to tables near the elevators on the ninth floor of the Armour Academic Center. Items being collected include the following: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, lip balm, moisturizer, shampoo, sanitary napkins, socks, gloves, hats, coats, hair brushes and combs.
  • Engage with kids from local middle schools and high schools, providing them with information on careers in health care at the Armour Academic Center (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
  • View the documentary The Area, which covers Chicago’s Englewood community and the relocation of longtime homeowners. Watch along with former Englewood residents and participate in a panel discussion following the film (5 to 7:30 p.m.).

Off campus

  • Prepare breakfast for the people being helped at Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph at 2715 W. Harrison St., Chicago (3:30 to 6:30 a.m.).
  • Administer flu vaccines, and provide health education and sandwiches to people who are lining up for work outside of Home Depot in Little Village (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.).
  • Provide vaccines and sandwiches to people living under viaducts (9:30 a.m. to noon).
  • Visit Oakley Square to help a Crane High School student paint the mural he designed (9:30 a.m. to noon).
  • Distribute tents, coffee, soup and other supplies to the homeless community at several local locations through Incremental Road to Grace (5 to 9 p.m.).

The event is co-sponsored by Rush’s Office of Community Engagement and RU Caring.

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