NACOGDOCHES, Texas –– Stephen F. Austin State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is preparing for its annual MLK Day of Service, slated for Jan. 15, 2024, and is currently accepting service project requests for the Nacogdoches community.
The MLK Day of Service is an annual event that honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. During the event, participants will volunteer their time and assist local agencies with various community service projects that will positively impact the Nacogdoches community.
OMA is now taking service project requests from a variety of individuals and groups, including nonprofit organizations and churches, private residences and parks, among others. Past projects have included painting, landscaping and cleaning.
“As we gear up for this year’s installment of MLK Day of Service, we are reaching out to the Nacogdoches community for assistance and support,” said Dr. Veronica Beavers, OMA director and deputy chief diversity officer. “Witnessing the impactful participation of more than 900 enthusiastic SFA students during last year’s event, we are once again asking local community members to contribute service projects that will create lasting ripples of positivity and change within Nacogdoches and SFA. Let's translate Dr. King's vision into action by nurturing a spirit of togetherness and service right here in our own community.”
SFA faculty, staff and Nacogdoches community members also are invited to serve as site mentors, who are liaisons for the site between volunteers and event staff members. Mentors will ensure volunteers have the information and materials needed to complete the service project.
The MLK Day of Service was initiated to honor the acts of service by the late civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1994, MLK Day was designated as a National Day of Service and is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
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Stephen F. Austin State University, the newest member of The University of Texas System, began a century ago as a teachers’ college in Texas’ oldest town, Nacogdoches. Today, it has grown into a regional institution comprising six colleges — business, education, fine arts, forestry and agriculture, liberal and applied arts, and sciences and mathematics. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SFA enrolls approximately 11,000 students while providing the academic breadth of a state university with the personalized attention of a private school. The main campus encompasses 421 acres that include 37 academic facilities, nine residence halls, and 68 acres of recreational trails that wind through its six gardens. The university offers more than 80 bachelor’s degrees, more than 40 master’s degrees and four doctoral degrees covering more than 120 areas of study. Learn more at sfasu.edu.