UPS students make MLK Day a ‘Day On’

  • A group of Resident Assistants from University of Puget Sound made a big impact at the Nativity House homeless day shelter. On that cold and snowy MLK Day holiday, the shelter was packed with men and women seeking warmth, so the students’ were kept very busy making the visitors feel welcomed and serving them a hot meal. (Photo by Brooks Seymore)

  • Thien Vu, a junior at University of Puget Sound majoring in biochemistry and psychology and also a member of the Delta Chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity, spent the day at the Salvation Army inputting computer data. “Today is a national holiday for a day on, not a day off, so we’re really excited to be part of that,” he said. (Photo by Brooks Seymore)

  • Fraternity brothers from the Delta Chapter of Sigma Chi at University of Puget Sound spent hours doing chores at the Salvation Army on 6th Avenue. Here, they’re helping reorganize a walk-in freezer to make room for more food. (Photo by Brooks Seymore)

Rather than kick back and relax on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, about 300 students, faculty and staff from University of Puget Sound (UPS) used their day free from their studies to do something good for their community.

At the Salvation Army headquarters on 6th Avenue, student volunteers were given all sorts of tasks to complete – from loading frost-covered boxes of food into the non-profit's giant walk-in freezers, to inputting computer data, clearing out old files and shoveling snow from the sidewalks. Both the Delta Phi Chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity and the university's Circle K student service club provided members to make the day hugely successful in getting things done.

At the Nativity House homeless day shelter and community center, more of the chapter fraternity members, along with UPS student Residents Assistants, volunteered to come in and help serve a hot meal to the men and women that packed the shelter on that cold, snowy day.


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