University of Saint Francis makes the MLK holiday a day of service

Many across the nation from different walks of life used Monday to participate in various service projects to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. University of Saint Francis made a full day of it hoping to engage volunteers to help the community year-round.

Posted: Jan 15, 2018 9:05 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2018 11:07 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- They say team work makes the dream work, and this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the saying applies. University of Saint Francis faculty and students are discussing racial, social enconomic issues, and how to move forward.

"We need to continue to have these discussions because we are not done yet. We're not done becoming the people that we want to be, and one of the ways we do that is through our head, through our thoughts, and discussion, our relationships with one another, but also the relationships in the community," Katrina Boedeker, Organizer for University of Saint Francis Day of Service, said.

Volunteers went into the community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to lend a helping hand. One of the stops was Mustard Seed Furniture Bank.

"There's so many of us that need daily help that need special projects done," Suzie Jordan, Executive Director, said.

With the small staff, they have a lot on their plate, and tasks like moving the furniture and mopping the floors sometimes doesn't fit in. Suzie said having the extra man power is appreciated.

Volunteers along with the basketball team cleaned the lobby, moved furniture, removed cobbed webs, and mopped the floor. For the basketball team, Evan Henry this day of service more than labor.

"It's just a great day for us, for everyone, to come together and show that we are all created equal. It's the world we live in today, but today is like we can show we can all work together and accomplish great things," Henry said.

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