Let’s Make it a Day On, Not a Day Off
On Monday, January 20, more than 250 NOVA students, faculty, staff and community members gathered together for a ‘Day of Service’ to join in a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. The event took place at Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus’ Center for Design, Media and the Arts at 3301 Netherton Dr., Alexandria, VA 22311. The institution held series of community events and campus service projects to benefit NOVA students, Alexandria residents and the homeless population in the area.
NOVA has participated in the MLK Day of Service for 11 years, partnering with nonprofit organizations and encouraging students and the community to volunteer. This year, NOVA partnered with NOVA Financial Stability Program, NOVA Student Life and Volunteer Alexandria.
The event had speakers such as; Senator Mark Warner, Commissioner Shawn Kelly, Ms. Sylvia Cyrus, Executive Director of the Association of African American Life and History, NOVA's President, Dr. Anne Kress and NOVA Alexandria's Provost, Dr. Annette M. Haggray.
Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover, Vice President, Student Services, describes the day of volunteering as a "day on, not a day off" to make it an opportunity for people to make an impact.