More than 50 volunteers attend MSSU's MLK, Jr. Day of Service - KOAM TV 7

More than 50 volunteers attend MSSU's MLK, Jr. Day of Service

More than 50 volunteers took part in Missouri Southern State University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

The volunteers were divided up among seven organizations in Joplin.

Freshmen Aubrie Hirsch and Ronise Miller are just two of the many volunteers who spent the day serving.

"Even doing these small things really helps out the community," Hirsch said.

"I think it's good because Martin Luther King, Jr. did a lot of good things for his community, so it's good for us to do something for Joplin," Miller said.

While Miller and Hirsch helped make supplies at Art Feeds, others helped clean out files at the Joplin Community Clinic, or assisted with projects at the Rapha House.

Another group worked on yard cleanup at Camp Mintahama.

Other volunteer sites included Joplin NALA Read, God's Resort and Hospice Compassus.

The volunteers encourage others to also do what they can to give back.

"I think a lot of people are intimidated to do volunteer work because they feel like they need to change the world in one day," said Hannah Johnson, volunteer. "I think if we do something small as a community every day, then we really can."

Across the seven different locations, volunteers spent anywhere between one and six hours serving.

"At the end of the day, you know that your effort was not in vain," said Faustina Abrahams, coordinator. "Your labor, your sweat was not in vain. It served someone's needs. You don't have to know that person, as long as you know that your effort served somebody, I think that you have to feel rewarded."

Those who work at the volunteer sites full-time say the extra help means a lot.

"It is very appreciated by, I would imagine, any organization that uses volunteers," said Angela Foster, Director of Involvement at the Rapha House.

Many say the rewarding experience of serving makes them want to keep on giving.

"It's good knowing that you're doing something for other people," said Hannah Bomar, volunteer.

"It's like they catch the bug," Abrahams said. "They go once and they want to go again because they see that they make a difference in someone's life."

Information on additional volunteer opportunities in the community will be given at a volunteer fair, tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MSSU's Billingsly Student Center.

The fair is open to the public.
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