The Catholic University of America

Jan. 16, 2009

CUA to Participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Mike DeAngelis, a member of CUA's football team, paints a wall at Anacostia High School.

More than 100 Catholic University faculty, staff and students spent Monday, Jan. 19 - a holiday marking Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday - volunteering at Anacostia High School in honor of the civil rights leader.

The volunteers, who were off that day because CUA was closed, spent their time painting classrooms in the school in Southeast Washington, D.C. CUA's Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations donated supplies for the project.

This is the fourth year the Office of Campus Ministry has participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This year, Campus Ministry coordinated the event with Service for Peace, a non-profit organization that brings diverse people together to address social needs.

For the first time, the Student Fee Allocation Board gave funding to Campus Ministry for the event. The money was used for buses and food for the volunteers.

"This is a wonderful way to honor not just Martin Luther King, but what he fought for and preached," says Emmjolee Mendoza Waters, associate campus minister for community service. "I hope this inspires our students to strive toward his ideals of peace and social justice."

Initiated by Congress in 1994, the Martin Luther King Day of Service builds on the civil rights leader's legacy by transforming the federal holiday into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice, according to the event's Web site.