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Cedar Crest Outreach Efforts to Mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Allentown, PA (January 15, 2010)—Cedar Crest College students, faculty and staff will bake and serve a meal for homeless men—both military veterans and non-veterans—on Monday, Jan. 18, as part of the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The campus community will meet on campus in Butz Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day to bake tasty treats, and later go to Victory House in Bethlehem to cook and serve dinner and dessert.
“Martin Luther King Jr. believed that many of our greatest problems could be overcome if we would all help each other in whatever small way we can, and I think it’s important for our students here at Cedar Crest to experience this type of commitment to service,” said Tammy Bean, director of community service programs at Cedar Crest College.
In addition, the campus will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a special candlelight remembrance dinner Monday from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Tompkins College Center dining hall. The event includes a slide show highlighting the life of Dr. King, many of his favorite foods, and audio recordings of freedom-related songs and hymns.
About Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Initiated by Congress in 1994, King Day of Service builds on Dr. King’s efforts to strengthen communities and achieve common goals by transforming the federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice.
Located in Allentown, PA, Cedar Crest College was recently selected as one of the 10 best women’s colleges in the United States by Forbes. The liberal arts college is committed to the education of women leaders in an increasingly global society. Founded in 1867, Cedar Crest currently enrolls approximately 1,900 students—full-time, part-time and graduate—in more than 30 fields of study.