Northern Michigan University will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Monday, Jan. 15. The event kicks off with a march for equality. Participants will assemble at noon in the lobby of NMU's Magers and Meyland Halls. A lunch and Poetry without Borders event will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the University Center's Peter White Lounge. Service projects begin at 2 p.m.
Poetry without Borders entails readings of poetry from around the world. Individuals who would like to read or perform a poem can recite it in any language, and the event is open to the public.
Service project opportunities include creating Valentine's Day cards for veterans, knitting scarves and hats for the Harbor House, making dog toys for UPAWS, reading for children at the U.P. Children's Museum, volunteer orientation for Room at the Inn and volunteer training for the NMU Food Pantry. Register for service projects at nmu.edu/skillbuilders.
The YMCA of Marquette County is searching for students to be mentors for their Reach & Rise One-to-One Mentoring Program.
Why should you be a mentor? Training benefits such as active listening skills, firsthand experience of working with a child and observing how one's developmental stage affects one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, volunteer hours and experience, and possibly letters of recommendation.
Be part of the solution, have a direct impact on your local community, and make a difference in the life of someone in need.
Requirements: desire to work with yourth ages 9-17, 21+ years old, meet 1-3 hours a week for a year, attend mentor training (15 hours total).