Claremore Daily Progress

January 21, 2014

Week of Service - RSU students honor MLK with volunteerism

Mark Friedel
Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE —

Rogers State University students and faculty members volunteered throughout the community Monday to kick off MLK Week of Service.
MLK Week of Service is part of RSU’s goal to promote and encourage community interaction while remembering the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.
By 9 a.m. Monday, RSU softball players were outside dedicating time and effort to Claremore’s Habitat for Humanity. 
“It was brought to our attention that RSU was needing some volunteers for Martin Luther King Day, and we were more than happy to offer our services,” said Head Coach Amy Cope. “The community does such a good job in supporting us throughout the year. This was an opportunity for us to give back and show our gratitude to RSU and the community.”
Cope said the day was a great way to recognize Dr. King’s legacy. 
“His legacy has provided citizens with so much not only at RSU, but worldwide. He has given us the freedom and rights we deserve, allowing us to do what we do.” 
The team gathered at one of the Habitat sites to assist in clearing brush from the property in order for Habitat volunteers to continue building the home.
This is the fourth year RSU students have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in connection with MLK Day of Service.
Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Donna Fincannon said over the years, students have done everything from sorting and organizing at the Habitat used building supply store to painting at building sites.
“What they’re doing today is extremely helpful to our builders. We were unable to burn the brush at the site because there was a chance that heat would melt our windows,” said Fincannon. “The Lifechanger Church staff graciously allowed us to use their permitted burn pile for the brush.”
Fincannon said with the help of herself and Lifechanger Church pastors, the team was able to haul four trailors full of limbs and debris. This allows Habitat volunteers who would have had to haul the brush, to remain at the site to help with building.
“Today was a perfect day for them to come,” said Fincannon. “It was truly a blessing for us to be able to get this done in such a short amount of time.”
Throughout the day, the RSU men’s basketball team volunteered at Inola Elementary and the baseball and cross country teams are scheduled to volunteer Friday at Claremont Elementary as part of the MLK Week of Service. Events have been scheduled through the remainder of the week, allowing students, faculty and staff to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.  For a list of events, visit rsu.edu/community/mlk.asp.