2019 MLK Day of Service
For Georgia State University students, Martin Luther King Jr. day is not just about getting a day off from classes. It’s about volunteering and intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” During this year’s MLK day, the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and the corresponding Georgia State Chapter were able to come together through collaboration and sponsorship with State Farm and the Civic Engagement office at Georgia State to provide a great volunteer opportunity for 50 students to repaint a house for a Habitat homeowner.
Volunteers had to wake up before the sun to be at the service site by 7:30 am in the chilly, below freezing morning temperatures. Students could have been warm in their beds, sleeping in on their day off but they made the decision to make a positive impact on the community by volunteering. In the eight hours that the volunteers spent at that site, they were able to put two coats of paint on the whole outside of the house, ensuring that the house will remain in good repair and will live up to Habitat for Humanity’s standards for safe housing.
This great opportunity would not have been available without a generous grant from State Farm to the Civic Engagement office, who then decided to donate the money to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity for several house sponsorships throughout the year. Because of that grant, students were able to give back to the community in the honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and were able to learn the value of service, even when that service is outside in cold, winter weather.