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Multnomah University Partners with Oregon Colleges for MLK Community Service Day

1/15/2010

Multnomah will partner with 10 Oregon colleges and universities in a day of community service to honor Martin Luther King Jr. More than 1,000 students are expected to participate in the event on January 18.

The Event

Concordia University will host the opening rally, which will include a performance from King Elementary School Choir, a keynote address from Pastor Mark Strong of the Life Change Christian Center, and a recitation of the words of Dr. King.

The Work

Students will travel to more than 15 project sites across Portland. Hands On Greater Portland and the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette helped plan a variety of projects including refurbishing schools, churches, and community centers.

The Colleges

Multnomah regularly holds campus-wide community service events - Days of Outreach - each semester. For this special service event, Multnomah will collaborate with other schools such as George Fox University, Linfield College, Portland Community College, Portland State University, Warner Pacific College, and Reed College. Multnomah's Student Government (STUGO) was involved in organizing the collaboration.

Quotes

"Being involved with the MLK serve day has been such a dynamic experience." STUGO president Sally DuBos said. "From an administrative standpoint, being exposed to other higher education institutions has already been beneficial through forming connections and networking opportunities."

"On a personal level, this project has challenged me to think through Dr. King's message and how his vision is still very much alive today," DuBos said. "This is our attempt to honor Dr. King and his message as we participate in carrying out his dream. Being a part of this experience has given me new appreciation for diversity and the power of influence one person can have."

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.