Participate in National MLK Day of Service on Monday
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS –
JANUARY 16, 2014 – It
will feel like any other weekday during the semester when Jordy Lopez gets out
of bed and turns off his alarm on Monday, Jan. 20.
Lopez, of Matamoros,
Mexico and a senior mathematics major and an art minor at The
University of Texas at Brownsville, will participate in the local commemoration of the 2014 Martin
Luther King Jr. Day of Service on MLK Jr. Day, the federally designated
The university’s Office
of Leadership Programs will sponsor the day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dean Porter
Park on East Ringgold Street. More than 800 volunteers are needed to work on at
least 30 projects throughout the city from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Some of the
locations and activities scheduled include animal enrichment at Gladys Porter
Park, cleaning up a community garden with the Brownsville Parks and Recreation
Department and interacting with residents at Ebony Lake Health Care Center.
UT Brownsville Math student Jordy Lopez will be participating in his third MLK Day of Service.
Photographed on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2014.
Lopez will not know
where he will be working until he is given his volunteer assignment at the
park. During past service days Lopez has cleared a trail at Lincoln Park and
removed guinea grass at Resaca de la Palma State Park in Olmito.
“It was a fun
experience,” said Lopez. “Not only do I help serve the community but I’m able
to have relationships with other students. I think it helped me socially”
Gina Hinojosa, 20, a junior early childhood – sixth grade English as a Second
Language specialist major, will read a book about Martin Luther King Jr. to
third grade students at Garza Elementary School.
“I feel that
volunteering for this event will give me great experience in my field of study
and it will allow me to fulfill my passion which is teaching children and I
hope to make a difference in their lives,” said Hinojosa. “It is important for
me to participate in this activity with all the UTB University Scholars because
we are doing a good deed.”
Lopez learned about
the day of service when he was a student at Brownsville’s Valley Christian High
School where he graduated in 2011.
“I do like helping the
community,” he said. “Even though I’m not from here I like to help over here.”
Coordinator for the Center
for Civic Engagement,
said staff and students will be at the event to register participants to vote.
The center’s Project 100% will announce the winners of the Dreamers and the Dream
Essay Contest at noon at Dean Porter Park. The winners will be given the
opportunity to read their winning essays at the event.
Click here to
register to work on a local volunteer project or see where projects are taking
The U.S. Congress
designated the MLK Jr. Day of Service in 1994. The volunteer day is under the federal Corporation
for National and Community Service and is part of President Barack Obama’s
United We Service initiative.
For more information
contact Heather Olague, Director of Student Engagement, at 956-882-5775 or