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WIU wraps up MLK service week, Habitat for Humanity gets involved

Published: Jan. 22, 2022 at 6:25 PM CST
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MACOMB (WGEM) - Student organizers went above and beyond this week to honor Martin Luther King Jr. They worked to attribute an entire interactive week involving service work. Volunteers from various organizers at WIU and McDonough County Habitat for Humanity came together to make the community a better place.

Volunteer programs graduate assistant Kiki Marshall who helped conduct the week’s activities said she felt accomplished on Saturday morning as herself, WIU volunteers, and Habitat for Humanity worked to clean a house for a future homeowner.

Marshall said only 10 student volunteers originally signed up to help clean up this house, but 24 showed up bright and early at 9 a.m. She said the service work was scheduled to finish at 2 p.m., however things wrapped up around 10:30 a.m. with more than double the help than anticipated.

“During his birthday we did this week of MLK service. Some people do a day of service, sometimes people do MLK week, but Western, last year we decided to do a week of MLK service,” Marshall said.

Marshall said throughout the week they had keynote speakers come from Chicago and discuss issues facing students of color and did a scavenger hunt involving MLK quotes.

“The plan is to continue to do the Martin Luther King week of service, have it be a full week of service, bring notice to students that this should be happening on all college campuses,” Marshall said.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers hope this house will be ready for a homeowner in the next three weeks or so.

“The homeowners get a sound, well-restored, well-built house. And, they’re apart of it as well as the community,” said Nancy Chu with the McDonough County Habitat for Humanity.

“Kiki, specifically, got together an amazing group of students,” Chu said, astounded by the turnout today.

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