January 15, 2009 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 6, NO. 5

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students at a protest

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students gather in mass to display unity and acceptance and to protest campus incidents.

“Dream to Reality”: A Multi-faceted Celebration of the Enduring Legacy of Dr. King

The city of San José, local community organizations, and San José State will host three “Dream to Reality” events at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library that honors the memory of Dr. King and also inspire individuals everywhere to reflect on the fulfillment of his dream in their own lives and that of their children. This three-day multi-faceted celebration will explore his legacy through gospel music; children’s books that reflect the themes of peace, friendship and diversity; poetry; lecture series and panel discussions; and, a re-enactment of a civil rights march.

In addition, individuals interested in volunteering can contact the Center for Community Learning and Leadership to participate in a service project on January 24 at a local school to paint, remove graffiti, run activities for students and do some planting on school grounds


Elementary students learn and discuss MLK Jr. during MLK Day of Service.


Remembering, Celebrating and Answering Dr. King’s Call to Service

During the 1950s and ’60s, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals.

On Monday, January 19th, President-Elect Obama and Vice President-Elect Biden will kick-off the four-day Inauguration Celebration by participating in a service project to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. In the spirit of national unity and community, the president-elect’s Renew America Together initiative urges others across the country to make a lasting pledge to serve their communities.

While our campus grounds and classrooms will be silent with the rumblings typical of an academic setting, on this day of remembrance, there is no doubt that in neighborhoods across California, the voices and contributions of past and present CSU students, faculty and staff will be loudly heard and felt. This month’s issue features just a few MLK events taking place across the CSU.

With the start of a new year, we invite our CSU Impact readers to join us in remembering, celebrating, learning and serving not just on this momentous occasion, but throughout the year. To find a King Day of Service experience in your community visit: http://www.mlkmobilization.org/ or http://www.usaservice.org/content/home/.

A Community is Brought Together to Serve, Hope, and Dream   

Cal Poly Pomona AmeriCorps Promise Fellows along with numerous campus student groups are participating in a month-long food and toiletry collection drive to benefit eight families living at the Inland Valley HOPE Partner's Emergency Housing and Food Security Center.  The collection drive will culminate on Saturday, January 24 at the annual Family Fun Day community event, hosted by the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center.  The theme of this year’s event will center on Martin Luther King's dream of equality, and will include storytelling of various cultures, creating a Montgomery Bus mural, and writing personal "Dream" speeches. During the event, children of all ages will have an opportunity to serve by putting together packages for the Inland Valley HOPE Partners.

MLK Week of Service Projects Provide a Winter Alternative Break Experience for Sac State Students

Sacramento State students will participate in MLK day as part of the Alternative Break Program’s week of local community service projects. Alternative Break students commit anywhere from one to five days of service projects, with two student team leaders guiding the activities and serving as liaison with the partnering community agency. A unique part of Alternative Break is that it is centered locally in the Sacramento region, enabling students to learn more about local programs and future volunteer opportunities. During the week, students will join other local volunteers through Hands on Sacramento’s school clean up and beautification project; learn about Urban Forestry while outreaching to local neighborhoods and planting shade trees; organize food and clothing donations; and, volunteer with a local transitional housing program for former foster youth.

CSU Dominguez Hill’s First Annual Volunteer Day

CSU Dominguez Hills will celebrate the King Day of Service during their First Annual Volunteer Day on Thursday, February 5 with service projects taking place at more than ten community organizations throughout the Los Angeles county area.  Opportunities for service projects include restoring native species for Heritage Creek for Saving Our Unique Natural Diversity (SOUND), working with the recycling committee to gather cans and bottles and to raise community awareness, assembling Japanese doll bookmarks for fundraisers for the Friends of the Japanese Garden, recruiting volunteers for the CSUDH Community Heroes volunteer bank, and taking in and assembling care packages for the homeless.    

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