Martin Luther King Day of Service 

1/19/2012 
Campus News 

MLK National Day of Service at Westminster CollegeAlong with volunteers across the country, Westminster College participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. With grant funding from the Missouri Campus Compact, the Office of Community Engagement and Service-Learning hosted a Buddy Pack service project at Mueller Student Center on Monday in partnership with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

Approximately 300 volunteers were in attendance for the project, packing 1,008 Buddy Packs. Volunteers also made cards for the children to receive in their Buddy Packs. After the project, the completed Buddy Pack food bags were delivered by volunteers to the Central Christian Church of Fulton. Volunteers at the church will continue the project by packing the bags in actual backpacks along with the greeting cards and delivering them to the area participating schools in Callaway County.

MLK Day award winners 
Joshua Kling, Sneha Bhandari, Emily Grand, and Dr. Bob Hansen were award recipients at the Martin Luther King Day of Service.

Emily Grand, Joshua Kling, Sneha Bhandari and Dr. Bob Hansen were also honored at the introduction  ceremony for their leadership with service activities on campus with the “Drum Major for Service” award. This award is sponsored by the National Corporation for National and Community Service and recognizes volunteers who perform extraordinary everyday acts of service with reliability and commitment, but who seldom receive recognition.

Emily Grand is the Campus Activities Board Community Relations Chair and is active in community service projects with her sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. Sneha Bhandari is the current Co-President of the Service Corps Executive Board for campus as well as, a project leader for the 2011 Projects for Peace project in Nepal. Joshua Kling is past President of Habitat for Humanity and has recently initiated Blue Jay Builders which focuses on home repairs for area seniors and low income individuals.

Dr. Bob Hansen led the initiative to start the Emerson Center for Leadership and Service on Westminster’s campus a decade ago. Dr. Hansen continues local service initiatives as well as the Rwanda Community Partnership project.