“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Students, faculty, and staff will spend Monday, Jan. 17, working to demonstrate their answer to this question by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., as they celebrate the college’s seventh annual MLK Community Service Day.
Danielle Rebman, who coordinates efforts for MLK Day, said about 80 sites are scheduled for teams of workers. “We’ve worked really hard to keep things in Rhea County, but we do have some sites in Chattanooga, Soddy-Daisy, and Cleveland,” she said. “Faculty and staff have been awesome about talking with their neighbors and recommending projects. We have a lot of new sites on the list this year.”
While there are new sites, Ms. Rebman said she works hard to schedule return visits to venues from previous years. This helps teams build and deepen relationships, something both workers and their hosts seem to appreciate.
Most of the tasks the teams tackle will be similar to what has been done in years past: raking leaves, painting, and cleaning. “One place in Cleveland has a lot of office work to do, and a senior center in Spring City wants us to help prepare their garden site,” she said.
And the Pals ministry team is planning to use the day as a teaching opportunity for their younger Pals. “For the past couple of years the Pals have come to campus and hung out with students,” Ms. Rebman said. “This year, the big Pals are looking for work projects on Bryan Hill they can do with their Pals.”