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Macomb Community College students, faculty and staff volunteer for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

– Tuesday, January 15, 2013 12:00AM

Whether they’re handling a crochet hook, a soup ladle or a hammer, nearly 600 Macomb Community College students, faculty and staff are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by giving back to the community through volunteer work on the MLK Day of Service, Monday, Jan. 21.  Macomb volunteers will work at 24 sites throughout southeast Michigan on Monday, in addition to several sites the Saturday before, Jan. 19.

“Dr.  King was a model of altruism, leaving behind a legacy of citizen action and community service,” said Jim Jacobs, Macomb Community College president.  “Macomb students, faculty and staff have embraced his legacy by giving of themselves and their time to contribute to and make a tangible difference in our community.” 

The college’s MLK Day of Service begins with volunteers gathering at the college’s South Campus at 8 a.m. for a welcome from Jacobs, and an inspirational message and presentation by Sonya Berkley, Macomb professor of sociology and anthropology, before setting out to their volunteer assignments.  Most of the volunteers will work from 9 a.m. to noon and are contributing to the community through a wide range of activities, including serving lunches to the homeless at a local soup kitchen, organizing and packaging food items, sorting clothing and home goods, reconstructing and refinishing a Habitat for Humanity home, making blankets for the homeless and cleaning musical instruments to loan to homeless, at-risk and disadvantaged youth.

 About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (  is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks among the top 25 awarders of associate degrees and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities. 

Editor’s Note:  There are several opportunities for coverage and photography of the college’s MLK Day of Service activities at two sites in Warren.  Please contact Tish Wirth at or 586.445.7560 if you’re interested in dropping by any of these locations:

  • President Jacobs volunteering at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, 24140 Mound Rd., Warren, noon to 1 p.m.
  • Volunteers crocheting blankets from plastic bags at Macomb Community College, South Campus, John Lewis Student Community Center ( K Building), 9 a.m. to noon.

Media Contact: Tish Wirth, 586.445.7560:,