Saint Leo University students, faculty and staff took part in a variety of volunteer activities, both on campus and off, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the university’s annual MLK Day of Service, according to a university news release.
With masks firmly in place and social distancing enforced, Saint Leo University volunteers went to work off campus on Jan. 18, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco in Dade City, and Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppe in Zephyrhills. On Jan. 19, volunteers participated in a virtual “read-in” for students at St. Anthony Catholic School in San Antonio.
On campus, students, faculty and staff had multiple opportunities to engage in charitable and beautification efforts.
Those efforts included making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, putting together meals, and distributing them in Clearwater for Someone Cares Tampa Bay. Volunteers worked at Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppe and Habitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco, and performed cleaning and beautification tasks on campus.
King’s birthday is honored each year with a national holiday. The slain civil rights leader was known for inspiring others to be of service. He once described the importance of service this way: “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Published January 27, 2021