As the nation’s first graduate school to offer a Master of Public Service degree, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service encourages participation in the National Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 19, proclaimed by President Obama in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Service is an integral component of the Clinton School, where students are actively involved in more than 30 projects throughout Arkansas, the United States and the world. Field service promotes the Clinton School vision by emphasizing the practice of public service by placing students in challenging environments where they work with community leaders to help build healthy, engaged and vibrant communities.
“Every day at the Clinton School is National Service Day,” said Marie Lindquist of Little Rock, the school’s director of field service. “This week alone our students are working on 13 Arkansas-based team projects and more than 20 individual projects, not to mention their numerous individual volunteer commitments to the community.”
Since its first class graduated in 2006, the Clinton School has participated in more than 400 projects across the state, nation and in 61 countries totaling almost 132,000 hours of service.
“In the spirit of service, we encourage others in the community to join us by participating in the National Day of Service,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “There are a number of opportunities to serve across our community and we hope others will join us in this effort.”
National Day of Service Volunteer Opportunities:
– Click here for a list of service opportunities compiled by the National Day of Service and organized by zip code.
– Click here for a list of Service Day activities organized by the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission.
– The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is sponsoring free in-store training for “Shopping Matters” facilitators at the Riverdale Shopping Center on Cantrell Road at 10:00 a.m. “Shopping Matters” is a guided grocery store tour designed to help low-income families on limited food budgets make healthy, informed food choices. Tours cover topics including calculating unit prices, reading nutrition labels, economical ways to buy fruits and vegetables, and how to identify whole grains. Email Cat Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-399-9999 for more information.
– Burlington Coat Factory locations are accepting new or gently worn coats as part of their One Warm Coat Drive. Click here for more information.