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NOVA Takes a Day On: Sponsors third annual MLK Day of Service Jan. 16

Northern Virginia Community College will sponsor its third annual Martin Luther King Day of Service Jan. 16 with five area service projects. Instead of taking the holiday off, NOVA students, faculty and staff “take a day on” to volunteer in the community. More than 200 NOVA students, faculty and staff, along with members of the community, have committed to volunteer for various projects.

At NOVA’s Alexandria Campus, 3001 North Beauregard Street, there will be a school supply drive to benefit children in Iraq and Afghanistan. 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 raise money for building projects for Habitat for Humanity at three of their ReStore locations: 4262 Entre Court in Chantilly, 9506 Center Street in Manassas and 7770 Richmond Highway in Alexandria. Volunteers will unload donated materials, clean and prepare products for display, organize the store and assist customers. These services will begin at 9:30 a.m.

At the Loudoun County Animal Shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pike in Sterling, volunteers will assist with cleaning and organizing projects for the shelter. They will also help with animal adoption and animal care preparation activities.

The MLK Day of Service is part of United We Serve, the president's national call to service initiative. Over the past two years, NOVA has offered 14 service projects and engaged over 750 students, faculty and staff in service.

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. 16 Day of Service, contact Heather Neikirk at 703-323-2357 or hneikirk@nvcc.edu.  Volunteers can register at www.nvcc.edu/mlk.

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.