More than 850 students, faculty, and staff from Southern Adventist University volunteered at nearly 40 locations around the greater Chattanooga area on January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This is the university’s 19th year sending students into the community to offer up their time and talents in service to others.
The crowd began gathering in Iles P.E. Center at about 8 a.m. Monday morning for breakfast and worship led by Jon Remitera, assistant chaplain at Southern. Volunteers were organized by service location and given a bright green t-shirt printed with the day’s central message, “Changing Lives: One Person at a Time.” Around 9:30 a.m. the students, faculty, and staff flooded out of the gym and on to their service destinations (photos of volunteers in action).
Romaine Smith, senior elementary education major, is community service director for Southern’s Student Association and coordinated this record-setting turnout. The Student Association partnered with Century Link, the President’s Office, President Circle 100, and the Collegedale Credit Union to help make this event possible.
“We had more people than anticipated,” Romaine said. “A lot of people stepped forward and together we were able to set an even bigger foundation for next year!”
To view television coverage of Southern's community service efforts, visit one of the following links:
“Southern Adventist Students Serve on MLK Day”
“Volunteers Make Martin Luther King Jr. Day A Day of Service”