Some area students spent their Saturday working to help out those in need - in honor of one of America's most well known social advocates.
Today 75 teens participated in the national "Day of Service" - which is set to raise awareness of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s commitment to building up communities and eliminating social injustices.
Quincy university junior Nancy Dixon cleaned and organized book shelves, while other students painted walls and cabinets at Quanada.
Dixon said helping the families who stay there is important to her.
"It makes me pretty happy because I know I've had a rough time in the past where people have helped me and I know if I do something little and take time out of my life to help someone that has it worse off than I am then I am doing something better for her or him and myself," said Dixon.
Quanada officials said as a non-profit sexual and domestic abuse shelter, help from students like Dixon is always needed.
Dixon said she thinks the day of service is needed because it gives people an outlet to volunteer in places in the community, like Quanada, that they never knew needed their help.
"There's a lot of people in the community that need help and I don't think a lot of people know for sure how to go about it, who needs the help," said Dixon.
QU Director of Multicultural and Leadership Programs Natasha Ramsey organized the event of 75 volunteers who were spread out to many organizations in the area.
Ramsey said helping others brings people together.
"I think we are a small enough community and the giving of our time just brings us close together. It is more of a family thing. If I see someone down or someone that could use my help. I'm willing to give them that time," said Ramsey.
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