MLK, Jr. Day to Feature Speaker, Service

Posted by Paula Paine on January 1, 2014 in Communiversity, "Current Students", Events, "The College", "Your OU"

On Monday, January 20, Ottawa University students take a day off from classes to have a “day on” of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Students will first meet in the Fredrikson Chapel at 9:00 a.m. to be inspired for their service by Civil Rights Movement participant Katie Washington before spreading out into the community for a variety of service projects.

Washington was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta during segregation and was one of the first African American students to attend Delta State College in the 1960s. The daughter of sharecroppers, Washington was raised to “survive hardships, serve the community and become successful,” she says. She has done all three.

She is the owner of a mental health agency in Johnson County, Kansas, and volunteers for many community programs. Washington has assisted in the Johnson County MLK, Jr. Day program for many years. She is currently chairperson of the Overland Park Police Department’s Board Regarding Racial Profiling and Non-Biased Policing and is an active participant in the NAACP. Washington is also a wife, mother of five and grandmother of six.

During her presentation at Ottawa University, Washington will speak on “Survival, Service and Success.” Students will then disperse into the community to assist with one of the following projects:

  • Prairie Paws Animal Shelter – students will clean animal living enComunity Servicevironments, socialize cats, walk dogs, wash pet dishes, do laundry, and complete general housekeeping tasks.
  • Meals on Wheels – students will ride along to help deliver meals, visit with residents and inquire about their need for smoke detectors. Other students will decorate lunch sacks for Meals on Wheels’ delivery of 80-90 meals per day.
  • Habitat for Humanity – students will paint posters for Habitat events.
  • Hope House Community Food Bank – students will help clean and organize.
  • Good Neighbor Program/ECKAN – students will remove tree limbs and yard debris for the elderly and disabled.
  • City of Ottawa & Franklin County – students will survey residents for the city/county by knocking on doors and/or standing outside local businesses.
  • City of Ottawa/Main Street Association – students will inspect existing boxes and identify boxes that need painting.
  • KVC Behavioral Health Care – students will build a closet.
  • COF – students will socialize with disabled workers.