By MEGHAN GLOVA
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
OSU-Cascades students and staff had the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday off of classes, but many of them spent their free time giving back.
Myranda Hudson is one of many OSU Cascades students who used their day off to do some good.
“We’re volunteering around Central Oregon through OSU Cascades. The events council, which I work on, builds this program every year, MLK Day of Service, and we go around to different organizations to volunteer throughout the day,” said Hudson, the event program coordinator and junior biology student.
Students had the option to sign up and volunteer at multiple local non-profits, including the Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, and the always popular Humane Society of Central Oregon.
“It’s really empowering to like take this day to give back to the community and like serve as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did, you know in his time,” Hudson said.
Humane Society volunteers painted an exam room and organized storage closets.
Students and staff were also encouraged to attend a live stream of keynote speaker, Raquel Willis, a black queer transgender activist and executive editor of Out magazine.
“Dr. King, arm and arm…took up the mantle to write how wrong so many things were for black folks and all those who are marginalized,” Willis said in the keynote.
Hudson says she hopes this Day of Service encourages students to volunteer more often.
“It’s nice to see people like enjoying the work that they’re doing, and it’s nice to just know that like my event just you know went off without a hitch and it’s been going great today.”
If you’d like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the campus email studentlifeatosucascdes.edu