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College, university students join in spirit of MLK Jr. to perform service Jan. 21

Scholars from both Avila University and Donnelly College will spend MLK Jr. Holiday at Jerusalem Farm giving back to community


January 16, 2013

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

In that spirit, students from Avila University and Donnelly College are spending the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Jan. 21 at Jerusalem Farm near downtown Kansas City, Mo. in a day of giving back to the community. Jerusalem Farm, sponsored by Avila University, strives to transform the lives of others through service retreats, sustainable living and home repair for those in need.

Participants on the MLK Jr. Holiday will begin the day with prayer, assist a family with a home-improvement project and end the day with a brief time of reflection.

jerusalem farm“We’re excited to be participating in this national day of service with another institution,” said Dave Armstrong, director of campus ministries and mission effectiveness at Avila. “Not only will our students get the chance to gain and learn through service, but they’ll be able to get to know students from another institution.”

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

“In a world where human dignity is so often ignored, we remember Dr. King for his dedication to making Gospel values tangible,” said Andrew Julo, service learning coordinator. “As Catholic institutions of higher education, both Avila and Donnelly challenge students to think critically about how they can contribute to the common good and to act accordingly.”

Avila students wishing to participate can contact Armstrong at David.Armstrong@avila.edu, or call him at 816-501-2423. Students at Donnelly College can contact Andrew Julo, service learning coordinator, at ajulo@donnelly.edu or 913-621-8712.


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About Avila University
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.

About Donnelly College
Donnelly College, located in urban Kansas City, Kansas, is a private, liberal arts college sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Founded in 1949, Donnelly strives to make Catholic higher education accessible  to everyone, especially first-generation college students, and is recognized as one of the most affordable private colleges in the U.S. Donnelly offers bachelor and associate degrees and certificates.