UWF students join local organizations in day of service

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vardenafil generico Firenze More than 120 University of West Florida students partnered with community service organizations throughout Pensacola Saturday morning for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event.

accutane cause hair loss The MLK Day of Service was organized by UWF Student Involvement as an effort to promote service and to honor the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.

go “Martin Luther King himself is such a symbol for giving back to communities and speaking up for others who can’t,” UWF volunteer Leonie Dupuis said.  “I think that it’s a really good way to honor him and his legacy by just getting out and doing work in your own community.”

Student Involvement reached out to five social and community services groups in Pensacola for various work projects around the area, ranging from data entry to cleanups or renovations.

The volunteers met at the UWF Commons and rode buses and vans to arrive at destinations around Pensacola’s downtown and midtown neighborhoods.

Students gather for a picture after a successful day at Waterfront Mission. (Photo by Payne Ray)

According to Ryan Butler, the Campus and Community Involvement graduate assistant, the number of volunteers was unprecedented, and they had reached capacity before the registration deadline on Jan. 6.

“I wanted to get enough students, but we had more than we had ever anticipated,” Butler said. “We have over 120 students and some faculty who are going.”

Around one fifth of the students involved could be found at the Waterfront Mission, a social services organization located on Herman Street in Brent.

The organization hosts several services including a recycling center, a kitchen to feed people without homes and a clinic.

Volunteers from UWF and elsewhere populated both the kitchen and recycling center for the Mission, doing prep work for meals to be distributed and renovation work for the recycling center.

The general atmosphere among students and other volunteers was positive, with casual conversations between those involved whether they were from UWF or one of the several locals who also came to support the cause.

“The Waterfront Mission was a good way to spend the day,” Dupuis said. “They do a lot of work for people who are trying to get their life back on track.”

Other groups involved in the effort included the Ronald McDonald House, Keep Pensacola Beautiful, Ocean Hour and the Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department.

Pensacola Parks and Recreation hosted multiple groups to assist in maintaining the Roger Scott Athletic Complex’s baseball fields and tennis courts.

Butler said he hopes to see the program expand in the future, with greater funding for transportation included so that Student Involvement can send out even more volunteers out. He also said he wants Student Involvement to be able to host more events like this to continue to serve the Pensacola community throughout the year.

Students like Dupuis agree, hoping to see more participation in the future and noting that with more volunteers a lot more could be done with these service-based organizations.

“We definitely got all the work done that they usually do in four hours in two,” Dupuis said. “I’m sure if more people just came out they’d get a lot more done here.”