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麻豆传媒社区 honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a campus-wide day of service and volunteer work on Monday, January 18. COVID-19 safety precautions somewhat affected this year鈥檚 service day, yet Cumberlands students still came together to accomplish a number of projects while respecting CDC guidelines.

More than 100 students participated in the service day. Service projects included helping at Cedaridge Ministries Inc., assisting at the Lane Theater, stuffing backpacks for the Corbin Backpack Program, and removing litter around Cumberland Falls.

Cedaridge Ministries Inc. is a local nonprofit that has partnered with Cumberlands for ministry work and recycling programs for several years. A volunteer opportunity at the recycling center is one Cumberlands students took advantage of during this year鈥檚 MLK Day of Service.

鈥淩ecycling is聽a way of bringing young people, older people, everybody in聽and giving them a chance to actually see how it works here at聽Cedaridge.听They get a hands-on approach to it. That's one of the benefits of having it,鈥 said Keith Decker, president and CEO of Cedaridge Ministries. 鈥淲e鈥檙e very thankful for having聽so many聽Cumberlands students come out and volunteer here.鈥

Another volunteer event available to students throughout the school year is the Corbin Backpack Program. This program gathers every week during the school year to pack lunches for needy children in Knox and Whitley counties. Approximately 900 backpacks were packed during this year鈥檚 MLK Day of Service compared to the average 300 backpacks schools usually needed pre-COVID.

鈥淲orking the backpack program is one of the ways to help the needy children of this county and others surrounding it,鈥 Cumberlands student Candy McClure said. 鈥淏y coming together as a community, we were able to help one more child get what they needed. To come together and have fun with a program while still helping others is truly something amazing.鈥澛

Lane Theater is a local theater Cumberlands students also volunteered at during the MLK Day of Service. Students assisted with basic renovations and helped prepare programming for Black History Month.

鈥淲e appreciate everything Cumberlands does to support the Lane Theater. The students鈥 energy for the project is always encouraging to see. Every time we have students, we are one step closer to our goal of renovating the theater,鈥 said Jacob Ratliff, treasurer of the Williamsburg Action Team (the group that owns the theater) and Cumberlands鈥 disabilities services coordinator.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was just the beginning of the Season of Service for Cumberlands students. On average, 1,230 students will have volunteered within the 15鈥搘eek season. Students have a total of 98 volunteer opportunities available to them during Season of Service.

Community groups and nonprofits interested in engaging Cumberlands student volunteers in their service needs can email requests at ucengage [at] ucumberlands.edu (ucengage[at]ucumberlands[dot]edu).听