NOVA’s 10th Annual MLK Day of Service was held earlier this month at NOVA’s Center for Design, Media and the Arts. It was a day filled with community service and helping residents of the D.C. Metro-area. Staff, students, friends, and family members participated in projects that benefit students, Alexandria residents and the homeless population.
More than 300 people came out to volunteer, including members of the Bishop Ireton women’s basketball team.
NOVA’s partners in this day of service included the NOVA Financial Stability Program, NOVA Student Life, Volunteer Alexandria, and the Linus Project. This years’ service projects included:
- The Linus Project (Kids 7+) – Volunteers created sew-less blankets for children in local hospitals and Title I schools.
- Kindness Rocks (Kids 4-7) – Participants painted kindness rocks to bring back to local neighborhoods.
- Green Bag Food Sort – To support local campus pantries, volunteers sorted donated food to re-distribute to NOVA’s six campuses.
- Toiletry Kits – Participants sorted and created toiletry kits for the local homeless population.
- Emergency Preparedness Kits – Volunteer Alexandria partnered with NOVA to create emergency preparedness kits to distribute within the Alexandria community.
Organizers also collected socks for local homeless shelters and participants brought new socks with them to the event. Individuals who donated socks received a free T-shirt.
“Every year, our campuses and our partners are committed to making each MLK Day celebration more than just a holiday; we want it to be a meaningful reminder of Dr. King’s work and of the need to continue in his legacy of service to others,” says Kirstin Riddick, Technology Innovation in Learning and Teaching Coordinator for NOVA.
Anne Cutler, a reporter for local FOX affiliate WTTG was on hand to cover the event; watch her segment.
In its 10 years of participating in the National Day of Service, NOVA has partnered with a variety of nonprofit organizations and encouraged students and the local community to volunteer each year. To date, more than 2,500 students, faculty, staff, and local community members have participated in the National MLK Day of Service.