Eastern Washington University students celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy on Monday, Jan. 21, by participating in a variety of community service projects.
Each year, EWU’s Office of Community Engagement and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion coordinate the MLK Day of Service, an opportunity for students to detangle from the demands of college life and, in turn, spend a day giving back to the community.
“This is a great way for students at EWU to get to know different organizations and meet the needs that they have,” said Brian Davenport, director of EWU’s Office of Community Engagement.
Following the Unity March in downtown Spokane, a total of 86 Eagle volunteers dispersed to a variety of sites, ranging from Catholic Charities Chore House to Habitat for Humanity. Projects included cleaning living spaces at Naomi, a non-profit organization that provides transitional housing to single mothers, and working alongside kids at Mobius Science Center.
“Dr. King’s focus was on making the community better,” said Davenport. “Our goal is to honor that legacy by thinking outside of 'the self' and doing something for others.”