Center for Community Engagement to Observe Fourth Annual MLK Day of Service


MACON – Mercer University's Center for Community Engagement will observe its fourth annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 18.

Students will volunteer at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, beginning at 7 a.m. They will then participate in the MLK Jr. Memorial March to the Macon-Bibb Government Center at 11 a.m. and the MLK Jr. Memorial Celebration that will follow.

“We're very pleased to be continuing the tradition of the MLK Day of Service at Mercer,” said Hannah Vann, coordinator of community engagement at Mercer.

“This year, our student-led service board, MerServe, is planning and implementing our events. In addition to performing service at St. Peter Claver in the morning, we'll be adding a new component this year before the march to downtown. Dr. Chester Fontenot, Baptist Professor of English and director of Africana studies, will be leading a kickoff at 11 a.m. in the Connell Student Center breezeway that will mobilize our marchers and remind us all of why we celebrate this day.”

The Center for Community Engagement is a clearinghouse for volunteer services at Mercer, matching community organizations and agencies with student volunteers and organizations through volunteer fairs and placements. The Center also places interested students, including work-study students, in tutoring positions in Bibb County through the America Reads/America Counts Program, and works to support the University's student-led service organizations, as well.

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Kyle is senior director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he serves as editor of the Mercerian alumni magazine and News@Mercer e-newsletters, and he coordinates hometown and university news releases.