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Celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering in the community Jan. 18

January 7, 2010

Each year, Colorado State University, the City of Fort Collins and the City of Loveland team up to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. As part of the continued effort to not only remember his contributions to our society, but to live the dream Dr. King spoke of, CSU is providing multiple opportunities to put the dream into action by serving the community and the various agencies in Larimer County who are working towards the goals Dr. King set forth in his own work.

Service and working towards equality

The 2009 MLK Day March participants make their way through the CSU Oval.

Service and working towards equality for all can be a daunting task. Some people know exactly how they would like to contribute, while others need help getting started.

Ways to participate

The MLK Day of Service will include three components that will give everyone the opportunity to help others. You can:

  • work on a pre-selected project
  • sign up for a project at a United Way sponsored agency during the MLK day festivities, or
  • come up with your own project

Fighting for the rights of individuals on its own is a task of monumental proportions, but together we can all make a difference.

Poverty is an issue we can all work on together

Dr. King fought for civil rights and made many strides. Now, in Larimer County, we have a new civil rights issue we can all work on together. Poverty is on the rise in Larimer County, and this is our focus for service this MLK Day. The United Way of Larimer County has set forth 12 goals [PDF] in the effort to end poverty. We ask that you keep the United Way of Larimer County goals in mind while you perform your service in the following ways.

For a full description of volunteer opportunities, please visit

Pre-selected project sites

Volunteering for MLK day festivities: Be a part of the event of celebrating the life and work of Dr. King. There are many needs for helping make this event the best it can be for the entire community. These opportunities only require your time from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (in general) on Jan. 18.

Please either send an e-mail to, or go to the event website at and follow the “Volunteer” link on the main page to sign up. Volunteers will be accepted until Jan. 15.

Volunteer projects for CSU students
  • Thursday, Jan. 21 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. – Volunteer opportunity with Homeless Gear at the Murphy Center for Hope
  • Friday, Jan. 22 from 1-3 p.m. – Volunteer opportunity at the Larimer County Food Bank
  • Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Volunteer opportunity at River Rock Co-Housing

Contact Brett Rundle at to volunteer, or for more information.

MLK Agency Fair service opportunity

Not sure how you would like to serve others in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Just come to the day’s events, beginning in Old Town Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. and ending in the Lory Student Center, and you will have the opportunity to find a way to make your voice heard in the struggle for equality.

Each year the United Way of Larimer County holds an Agency Fair, featuring local not-for-profits who work in the area of civil rights and social justice. This year, these agencies have been asked to provide specific volunteer opportunities that community members are invited to be be part of. You may even choose to join the organizations in their ongoing work.

Attendees of the MLK Day festivities can visit each of these agencies and sign up to volunteer with as many agencies as they choose, in order to continue the spirit of service and the fight for civil rights and social justice. The Agency Fair will be held in the Lory Student Center Dining Area at 1 p.m., directly following the keynote speaker in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

"Make it a Day On" community service opportunity

“Make it a Day On” is an opportunity to exhibit creativity in service. This year, the city of Fort Collins and Colorado State University challenge community members to step out of themselves and do something to exhibit the very essence of community by engaging in anything from a simple act of kindness to a service project. Service could include having a neighbor over for dinner, providing a ride for an elderly neighbor, writing a letter to our state or federal government, holding a fundraiser or awareness event, or simply contacting and helping a local agency.

Please go to the for more information and ideas on ways to serve. We then ask that you return to the website and express to the community what type of service you enacted so others may learn and grow from your ideas (if you wish to remain anonymous in your service, you may certainly do so, please just tell us what you are doing).

You are also welcome to simply post your ideas for service on this blog as well. The “Make it a Day On” service blog will be up for the entire week following MLK Day, so everyone has a chance to share.

Contact: Keith Colton
Phone: (970) 491-3579