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FL|CC AmeriCorps Members Celebrate Martin Luther King Day of Service throughout Florida

Pensacola State College

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Stetson University

Florida State University

Barry University

New College

University of South Florida

University of Tampa

Eckerd College

Organized by FL|CC VISTA Derrick Chamberlain, Pensacola State College volunteers partnered with local community agencies to fix up a local family center.

FL|CC AmeriCorps VISTA and College Access Members honor MLK Day of Service in Orlando

University of Central Florida

FL|CC VISTA Caitlin Poor (Center in green t-shirt) volunteered with six College Access student volunteers from the University of Central Florida. Students volunteered at the Nehrling Gardens to do invasive species removal. Students from left: Jenny Walker, Travis Hatfield, Andi Cummins, Caitlin Poor, Matthew Landon, Neela Balkaran, and Chelsea Liles


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FL|CC AmeriCorps Members Celebrate Martin Luther King Day of Service throughout Florida

FL|CC VISTAs Nicholas Arlen – Brewer and Erica Lindegren organize service opportunities for New College students in Sarasota New College students had many opportunities to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. by assisting Meals on Wheels, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, distributing soup at the Resurrection house, and helping the Orange Blossom Community Garden. FL|CC VISTAs helped to organize and coordinate these civic engagement opportunities. In an interview with My Suncoast, FL|CC VISTA Nicholas Arlen -Brewer stated , “One of the most overlooked messages behind Martin Luther King is his anti-poverty message. So I think this is directly in line with what he would have

wanted in terms of service.” FL|CC VISTA Eric Lindegren discussed how volunteers focused on cooking nutritious soup for the homeless. “A lot of times, the homeless shelters get lots of bread products and peanut butter and jelly but they don't often get a lot of vegetables." Volunteers focused on bringing vegetables to the homeless. To read the complete article, visit:: http://www.mysuncoast.com/ news/local/new-collegestudents-give-back-tocommunity-on-mlk-day

Florida State University FL|CC VISTA Members Celebrate in Tallahassee

Left picture: FSU AmeriCorps VISTA Desirae Brown and Sophie, daughter of FL|CC Marketing Director, Kris Kimmel, volunteered with Jumpstart making crafts with children; Right Picture: FL|CC VISTA Leader Sam Mooneyhan (center in black polo) participated in MLK Day activities


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Stetson University AmeriCorps members and students serve the DeLand community By Heather Hamilton, AmeriCorps VISTA, Stetson University

During Martin Luther King Day of Service, students and staff went out in the community to take part in a variety of community service projects. These included working at a variety of local agencies including the Chisholm Community Center, Halifax Health Hospice, United Cerebral Pal-

sy and the Hatter Harvest Garden here at Stetson University. At the Chisholm Community Center, volunteers were able to help restore their community garden. Working at Halifax Health Hospice in Orange City allowed volunteers to do numerous small tasks, such as cleaning out the large refrigerators where all of the food is stored for the patients

and cleaning them. At United Cerebral Palsy in Daytona they were able to clean the huge vans that the agency uses to transport their clients to and from their appointments. One student stated, “I felt like I made a difference in not only the clients who receive services here, but the people who work here because we were able to do this for them and take something off of them to worry about.� The last site was located here at Stetson, and it is our very own Hatter Harvest Garden. Many of the students spent the day planting and helping restore areas of the garden that needed extra care. As an extra twist, while students were serving they were also asked to complete a photo challenge. This was a way to encourage them to work more closely as a team and to have some fun.

FL|CC VISTA Kimberly Burroughs organizes garden project in Tampa

University of Tampa volunteers helped Academy Prep fifth graders, laying down mulch and mixing potting soil into the garden beds


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FL|CC AmeriCorps Members Celebrate Martin Luther King Day of Service

FL|CC VISTA Tom Earl and F.L.Y. youth march in Tampa MLK Day Parade Community Tampa Bay One of Community Tampa Bay’s youth leadership and diversity education groups, F.L.Y. (Facilitating the Leadership of Youth) Society, celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by marching in the M.L.K. Parade with the Tampa Bay Rays. The F.L.Y. members raised awareness about the F.L.Y. Society Showcase, celebrating the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (I.D.E.R.D.). The F.L.Y. Society is a group of teens dedicated to empowering people and creating youth voice to address issues that affect the community. F.L.Y. is co-sponsored by Community Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Rays. The I.D.E.R.D. showcase will be on Saturday, March 23rd, from 5-9 PM.

FL|CC VISTA Ashli Van Horn Mobilizes 250 Volunteers at Barry University

Organized by FL|CC VISTA member Ashli Van Horn, Barry University had over 250 volunteers at five different service sites—making it the most successful MLK Day in Barry’s history.


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FL|CC VISTA Ted Rivera organizes MLK Day Events at USF FL|CC VISTA Ted Rivera (M) assisted at the SOS After-Party/Service Fair with Nicole Brown (L) and Sandra Serrano (R) of United Way HandsOn Suncoast. Through Ted’s hard work as the community partner liaison, along with the assistance of the United Way HandsOn Suncoast, the USF Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement was able to recruit 29 individual community organizations and secure 57 host sites for the Stampede of Service.

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

University of South Florida

USF students gathered at the USF Track & Field Stadium to prepare for their big day of service. Upwards of 3,000 students turned out for Stampede of Service 2013 to give a helping hand across the Tampa Bay area and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through community engagement.


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FL|CC AmeriCorps Members Celebrate Martin Luther King Day of Service

FL|CC VISTA Stephanie Walker organizes Adventist University’s first MLK Day of Service In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Adventist University of Health Sciences held its first Day of Service on Monday, January 21st. The 45 participants included Adventist University students, staff, student’s families and prospective students. Students divided into two groups, serving at the Mustard Seed of Central Florida and Orlando Health and Rehabilitation. At the Mustard Seed of Central Florida, participants cleaned and organized the inside and outside of the facility, which is a big warehouse. The warehouse contains supplies for lowincome and homeless families moving into new housing that are in need of furniture and other household items. Orlando Health and Rehabilitation provides post-acute and rehabilitative services, skilled nursing, and short and long term care to all ages. Participants read, danced, painted nails and made paper flowers with residents of the children’s and dementia wing. The volunteer coordinators from each site expressed their deepest gratitude for their service. The volunteer coordinator from the Mustard Seed of Central Florida stated, “They [Adventist University volunteers] did any an amazing job outside and inside! I am glad that they wanted to volunteer with us. I enjoyed working with everyone and would invite them back again!” -By Stephanie Walker

FL|CC VISTA Beatriz Hernandez volunteers with first generation college students VISTA Beatriz Hernandez and first generation college students participated in MLK service day by volunteering at the Tacachale Developmental Disabilities Center. "Tacachale is the oldest and largest community for the developmentally disabled in Florida. It is a progressive community dedicated to offering its residents the opportunities and services which respect and encourage their personal choices, enhance their quality of life, and maximize their individual potential." http:// apd.myflorida.com/ddc/ tacachale/


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FL|CC VISTA Kate Farley Mobilizes students at Eckerd College

Eckerd College students visited St. Vincent De Paul Homeless outreach center in St. Petersburg and helped prepare nutritious meals for the homeless.


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