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NOVA Sponsors Second Annual MLK Day of Service Jan. 17

Northern Virginia Community College will sponsor its second annual Martin Luther King Day of Service Jan. 17, with eight area service projects. More than 200 NOVA students, faculty, staff, and members of the community have committed to volunteer for these projects.

The MLK Day of Service is part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. Last year’s NOVA MLK Day of Service included six projects, involving more than 200 volunteers and more than 700 hours of service.

Two of the on-campus volunteer activities will be at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus. The first will be staffed by automotive students who will perform free vehicle preventative maintenance from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for unemployed and low-income community members.  

The second on-campus event will be a school supply drive to benefit children in Iraq and Afghanistan. Donations of school supplies such as blunt-edge scissors, 12-inch rulers, pencils, erasers, small pencil sharpeners, colored pencils, notebook paper, composition books, pocket folders and zippered pencil bags are being solicited and will be put in kits by volunteers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for shipment to U.S. troops in those countries.  The drive is a cooperative effort by NOVA, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Operation International Children.

At off-campus events, volunteers will help ReStore and Habitat for Humanity, 4262 Entre Court in Chantilly and 7770 Richmond Highway in Alexandria, raise money for building projects. Volunteers will assist in unloading donated materials, clean and prepare products for display, organize the store and assist ReStore customers.

CrossLink International, 427 North Maple Avenue in Falls Church, provides medicines and other medical supplies to humanitarian groups traveling to third world countries. Volunteers at this event will assist in processing donations, organizing warehouse and taking inventory of medicines and supplies.

At the SERVE Food Distribution Center, 10056 Dean Drive in Manassas, volunteers will help unload nonperishable food from a storage trailer, organize, sort and shelve the food. More than 900 families receive food each month from SERVE.

At United Service Organization, 9455 Jackson Loop, Building 1415 at Fort Belvoir, volunteers will assemble care packages, break down boxes, prepare materials for restocking, and proofread messages of support to deployed or deploying service men.

The one-day service event is through a partnership with a service-learning grant program co-funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  CNCS leads the annual national MLK Day of Service as a part of the federal agency's broader mission to engage Americans of all ages in service to meet critical local and national needs.

For more information about NOVA’s Jan. 17 Day of Service, contact Heather Neikirk at 703-323-2357 or hneikirk@nvcc.edu.  

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.