About ten years ago, several people collaborated to begin MSSU’s Annual MLK Breakfast. They dreamed on including service into the MLK Celebration events. The MLK Day of Service grant provided motivation for the 2010 MLK Day of Service event. It was a great success for MSSU, not only in terms of volunteerism, but also in terms of diversity, social activism and education. In the project’s first year, over 144 volunteers gave 260hours of service for 16 projects in the community.
Crosslines Churches is an organization that, in general, provides free or discounted food and used clothing to many of our neighbors in need. Their facilities include a large warehouse with two office rooms (one of which has three desks), a small food pantry, and a new commercial grade walk-in refrigerator. The remodel includes creating a waiting area and “store-like” processing/shopping area that helps maintain the dignity of those being served. A large number of the MSSU MLK Day of Service volunteers worked at this organization because of the great need. Crosslines was willing to prepare enough work for the volunteers so that any overflow of volunteers at other projects could go there. The result was approximately 54.5 hours of painting, sorting, cleaning and organizing.
Cerebral Palsy of the Tri-county; Crosslines Churches; Habitat for Humanity; Joplin Humane Society; The Independent Living Center; Boys and Girls Club; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Lafayette House; MSSU Spiva Library; We Care of the 4 States; Spiva Center for the Arts; Ronald McDonald House