Each year, College Possible honors the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by making the holiday a “day on” for Service Corps members and staff.
This year, hundreds of our Service Corps members and staff joined organizations and individuals across the nation in celebrating Dr. King by serving others, and volunteering with organizations that provide shelter, support and education for children and families in our communities.
College Possible Portland served at Northwest Children’s Outreach, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families in the Portland community by providing clothing and care items for children of all ages. The Portland team spent the morning packing orders for families and sorting new donation shipments.
Following a morning of service activities, the team enjoyed a viewing and discussion of the film “13th.” The documentary explores racial inequalities of the United States criminal justice system, and explores mass incarceration as a perpetuation of slavery. The team discussion served as a valuable education piece for College Possible’s service and work toward social equity.
The College Possible Chicago team was able to spend the day serving with City Year and other volunteers to repaint Curie High School in Chicago’s Archer Heights neighborhood.
College Possible Milwaukee spent the morning helping sort items at the Feeding America distribution warehouse. Each month, Feeding America sorts and distributes nearly 2 million pounds of food!
“It was interesting to learn the differences between a food bank and a food pantry,” said Leah Dickey, a former College Possible student now serving as a Junior Coach. “I had a lot of fun and I really liked what we did with Feeding America. There’s no greater feeling for me than service, and if anyone else can benefit then I feel like it’s all worth it.”
On Monday the Minnesota team spread out to volunteer with six different organizations in the Twin Cities metro area. At the Science Museum of Minnesota, volunteers did material preparations for the museum’s Program Operations department. Over at Habitat for Humanity ReStore, staff and Service Corps members helped to clean up the show room and organized merchandise. Check out footage from these volunteers on WCCO news! On the other end of the Twin Cities, volunteers unpacked donations and organized donations at Arc’s Value Village.
The Minnesota team also sent volunteers to Neighbors, Inc. to assist with the local food shelf by assembling lunch bags for students. Over at Hope Lodge, the team cleaned and sorted kitchen supplies, while volunteers at Open Arms decorated Food Delivery Bags.