Published: January 16, 2009
In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, University of Tampa
students will face a challenge to “make their mark” on the community.
11th annual Day of Service, held Jan. 19, will send approximately 125
UT students, faculty and staff to locations throughout the Tampa area to
perform service as a way of giving back to the community.
year, PEACE has partnered with five local agencies to which UT students,
faculty and staff members will be sent to perform various volunteer
The agencies include Lowry Park Zoo, where volunteers
will help clean animal pens; Seniors in Service, through which
volunteers will clean apartments at Tampa’s Jewish Center Towers; and
Cracker Country, a Southern heritage museum at which volunteers will
clean the museum’s buildings and grounds.
“We hope that this can
serve as a first step for the volunteers toward getting involved, on
their own, on a regular basis with a volunteer agency not only through
UT, but the Tampa Bay community in general,” said Molly Murphy, PEACE’s
student head coordinator.
Volunteers will also perform clean-up
tasks with Bakas Equestrian Center as well as Keep Hillsborough County
Beautiful. The latter organization recently awarded PEACE its Volunteer
Organization of the Year Award.
In 2008, PEACE noted a record
number of participants with approximately 100 volunteers taking part.
This year, the record has already been topped, with about 125 registered
for the Day of Service thus far, Murphy said.
For more information on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service or any of PEACE’s service projects, e-mail
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