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US Representative Joins UW Bothell and Cascadia Students for MLK Day of Service

U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene Joins University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College Students for MLK Day of Service

January 16, 2014
CONTACTS: Lisa Hall, 425-352-5461, lhall@uwb.edu
Meagan Walker, 425-352-8491 mwalker@cascadia.edu

BOTHELL, Wash. – Students at Cascadia Community College and University of Washington Bothell will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving the community on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The fifth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will include a variety of events led by organized volunteer teams. The Day of Service is expected to draw more than 100 volunteers, including State Representative Derek Stanford (D-1st LD), and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D, WA), who will share a few words with participants before donning rubber boots and gloves to help remove invasive plants from the campus wetlands.

“Stepping up to volunteer and participate in this year’s Day of Service is a terrific way to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said DelBene. “The commitment, hard work, and civic engagement by these students help to embody the spirit of Dr. King’s teachings on empowering individuals and strengthening our local communities.”

Student organizers partnered with community organizations to offer a variety of volunteer activities including bowling with children with disabilities (Miracle League), sorting and organizing donated clothing (Threads and Treads), and conducting repair and maintenance projects (Northshore Senior Center).

“Having the opportunity to volunteer with our peers gives us the chance to make new friends, find new passions, and discover new places. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a time to give to our community instead of take from it,” says Luda Putrya, a Cascadia Student Coordinator.

“The Day of Service is a good representation of UW Bothell because we are a small campus that is very community focused,” adds UW Bothell Student Coordinator, Heather Felix. “Dr. King’s vision was for a ‘beloved community’ in which there was equality and effective action. Service is a way to achieve that equality by connecting people and supporting one another.”

Community members are invited to join the Day of Service. To see a complete list of volunteer opportunities and event details for the Day of Service, please go to http://www.uwb.edu/studentlife/volunteer/mlk and sign up. Minors must be accompanied by adults.

Saturday, January 17 at 8:00 a.m.
Mobius Hall CC3 on Bothell Campus

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Representative Suzan DelBene (D) serves Washington state’s 1st District, which includes the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College.


About Cascadia Community College: Cascadia is repeatedly recognized as one of the top 25 community colleges in the nation. It has a reputation for its small class sizes, focus on integrated learning, and high academic transfer rates to four-year programs. For more information, visit www.cascadia.edu.

About UW Bothell: With more than 36 undergraduate and graduate degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, UW Bothell emphasizes close student-faculty interaction and critical thinking. UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond. For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.