For the past six years, Hilbert College has observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the spirit in which it was intended – a national day of community service. Our MLK Franciscan Day of Caring will continue; however, the day on which we hold this wonderful event has been changed. Instead of having it on the Monday holiday, it will take place on the following Friday. This year, the service day will be on Friday, January 23, 2015. There were a number of reasons for the change including the difficulty of leaving offices the day before the start of the semester. The new date will also allow more students to participate since school will be in session.
As is the custom for this event, any employee who wishes to perform service work at one of our designated venues will be excused from their regular duties at the College for the day. All others will report to work as usual. Details regarding the service venues are being finalized, but the following will give a general idea of what the day will entail.
A light breakfast will be served in the campus dining hall for those who are volunteering, and bus transportation will be provided to the work sites. (However, anyone may drive directly to their site if it is more convenient for them.) Breakfast will begin at approximately 8:30 am. The bus will leave at 9:00 am and return here around 1:00 pm. If you have a t-shirt from a previous year, feel free to wear it again. But if you need a shirt, please let Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah (firstname.lastname@example.org ) know what size you would like by Friday, December 5.
Another e-mail outlining the various work options will be sent shortly. With that e-mail, you will be requested to indicate to Barbara Bonanno at which venue in Buffalo you wish to work, if you will attend the breakfast, and whether or not you will be taking the bus. It would be appreciated if you would wait until you receive that message from Barbara to let her know your intentions.
Please join us and encourage our students to do so as well! This is a great way to honor Dr. King and to work together on a project that is so in keeping with our Franciscan mission and heritage!
Barbara and Tara