Help Your Community Make a Difference on January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day!


Contributed by Don Austin

For several years, businesses, schools, and organizations across the United States have made the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday a "Day On, Not a Day Off" by volunteering in the community!

Ithaca College students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to give their time and energy on Monday, January 16, for the downtown Ithaca community celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King. This year's festivities will include a guest speaker, performances by area choirs and a luncheon, free to the public, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at:

Beverly J. Martin School Gymnasium
302 W. Buffalo St.
Ithaca, NY

On average, 350-400 people attend this event, mainly families with school aged children attend the event!

There are 3 shifts available (you may volunteer for more than 1 shift):

• SHIFT 1: 10:00am-12:00pm (tasks may include helping to decorate, set up tables/ tablecloths & chairs, set up & serve food/ drinks, welcome guests, collect donations, etc.)
• SHIFT 2: 11:30am-1:30pm (same as shift 1)
• SHIFT 3: 1:00pm-3:00pm (tasks may include cleaning up food-serving areas, fold/ stack tables & chairs, wash serving utensils, pack up leftovers, etc.)

For more information, feel free to contact me or click the link underlined here: <a href=''>Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Celebration</a>

The day is organized by the Greater Ithaca Activities Center; the Multicultural Resource Center; the Center for Transformative Action; the Cornell Public Service Center; the GreenStar Cooperative Market, Ithaca College's Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs, Campus Life at Cornell University; Ithaca College's Center for Student Leadership and Involvement; and Cornell Cooperative Extension of TC and community members.

For further information or questions, please contact Don Austin in OSEMA at

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Don Austin at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.