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2011 NOVA Serves: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

On January 17, more than 300 faculty, staff, students and community members celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and took the day “on,” not a day off.  This was the second year NOVA has sponsored this event. This year’s activities included eight service projects across the community. More than 900 hours of volunteer service were provided in one day!

NOVA Serves projects included:

Operation School Supplies
176 volunteers assembled more than 450 school supply kits. The school kits are sent to U.S. troops, who distribute the kits to needy schoolchildren in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Drive to Employment
11 volunteers provided vehicle
repairs for five low-income or unemployed members of the community. Drive to Employment is a Learn and Serve America automotive service learning grant.

CrossLink International
14 volunteers provided an inventory of the pharmacy, as well as organization of the medical supply warehouse.  The medicines and supplies are sent to third world countries.

ReStore, Habitat for Humanity
48 volunteers at two ReStore locations processed donated building materials, organized sales floor and assisted customers. Proceeds from sales go to Habitat for Humanity building projects.

SERVE, Northern Virginia Family
Services - 30 volunteers unloaded 25,000 pounds of donated food and moved it into the Food Distribution Center. The food unloaded was valued at $50,000 and will provide food for SERVE clients for the rest of the winter.

25 volunteers packed more than 3,000 care packages to be distributed to deployed or deploying U.S. troops.

Tails High
Seven volunteers cared for animals at an adoption event. The socialization they provided these animals will make them more adoptable and comfortable in their future homes.

NOVA Serves is part of a Learn and Serve grant and is organized by NOVA’s Drive to Employment program. Many thanks to the following individuals who served as site leaders: Brian Anweiler (CS), Keith Brown (AL), Claudia Chirinos (CS), Leif Corbett (MA), Marya Johnson (MA), Tiffney Laing (LO), Patricia Martin-Mattocks (MEC) and Lisa O’Quinn (AN).

“It was great to see so many people come together for a great cause. What was also inspiring was watching our students utilizing their civic and leadership skills,” said Interim Dean of Education Support Services Frances Villagran-Glover.

We hope to see even more involvement at the 3rd Annual NOVA Serves event on January 16, 2012! Also keep your eyes open for upcoming information on the MLK 25 Challenge.

If you have any questions about NOVA Serves, Drive to Employment or service-learning opportunities, please contact Villagran-Glover (fvillagrangl@nvcc.edu) or Heather Neikirk (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.