Trine plans day of service

ANGOLA, Ind. – Trine University is launching a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service as a way to honor the late civil rights leader and commit to serving the community and is seeking project ideas.

Trine students, faculty and staff are looking for service projects that can be performed on MLK Day, "A Day On, Not a Day Off," on Monday, Jan. 21, or any time during that week. Nonprofit groups or organizations in need of help should contact Karissa Schmoe, Trine director of student leadership and service, at 665-4147 or

Examples of possible requests are two volunteers to perform filing at a nonprofit office, a10-person team to paint a 12-by-12 playroom, six volunteers to accompany seniors on a field trip to a local store, 10 volunteers to sort donations at a local thrift store or four volunteers to walk dogs and brush cats at a shelter.  Organizations are asked to designate a contact person and to be specific in the request and the number of volunteers needed. This will enable Trine to get the correct number of volunteers at needed locations and to help as many organizations as possible.

To suggest a project, contact Schmoe by Friday, Jan. 11.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, President Obama's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to the nation's most pressing national problems.