By Jess Plyer

For the sixth year in a row, Trevecca students can join students from other universities in Nashville to help alleviate hunger in Middle Tennessee.

On Jan. 14, Trevecca  will participate  in the MLK Day of Service, hosted by Fisk University. 

More than 300 students from Trevecca, Belmont, Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, Fisk and Meharry will take part in various service projects at local organizations who work on issues of hunger and food security.

Students will work at one of three sites.

One option is Second Harvest Food Bank, which distributes food to 46 counties in Middle Tennessee. Other options are Feed the Children and the Society of St. Andrew, which collects rejected potatoes from commercial markets and redistributes them to the underfed through the Potato and Produce Project. 

The annual event is sponsored by the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice as a way to provide a space for Trevecca students to join their peers around the city in service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

” Although Trevecca provides many opportunities for service, the MLK Day of Service is the one time each year where TNU students can serve alongside fellow students from other universities to meet needs in the broader community of Nashville," said Jamie Casler, director of the center. "I believe that our role as a Christian community is to provide these opportunities for service as part of developing future world leaders.” 

The event will begin Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208, with a presentation in the chapel where King himself spoke when he visited the university many years ago. 

  Dr. King encouraged everyone to take steps toward making a difference. “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 your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” 


For more information about registration and how you can be involved this year, visit http://www.belmont.edu/sl/mlk-day/index.html.]http://www.belmont.edu/sl/mlk-day/index.html. 

 


Comments

12/08/2016 3:11am

It’s good to see that students now engage themselves in helping people in need. It’s a good program to inform and encourage the students to be an advocate in helping alleviate the sufferings of the less fortunate people especially who lives in rural areas. It’s nice to know that at a young age, they will have an inkling already on what’s really happening in the world, the issues the world is facing that needs their help. I hope many more students will be invited to join this program.

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I really want to engage myself in activities like this. You see, one of my goals is to volunteer myself in kind of events that would help people who are in need. It will surely feel really satisfying just to see their happy faces right after you give them the things they need. But for me, I think what really make them smile is the fact that there are people who still care about them. I would like to thank those who have participated in this event. You are really great guys!

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03/02/2017 4:29am

Taking part of service projects felt like having faith in humanity. It’s so nice to know that there groups working on helping poor communities in the smallest way they can. To be able to feed those who can’t afford a meal each day means a lot. Among the entire project service group that you’ve mentioned, I am interested with Potato and Produce project. I think that commercial market should redistribute those rejected items to the needy instead of having them left over or got rotten. It’s not bad to share these kinds because they can still make use of it. A food is a food no matter what and we have to use every piece of it in good use. Wastage is a sin and throwing food away is an irresponsible action.

I want to be involved. Contact me, please. I think I can help you somehow.

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Your students would be graceful for this service. Promote it!

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