University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
December 23, 2009
Contact: Joy Crawford-Washington, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

USA to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Dr. King with Service and Outreach
Volunteers Needed to Support the Effort


University of South Alabama students, faculty, staff, alumni and the local community will participate in their second annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. International Day of Service held Monday, Jan. 18 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. with registration and lunch held at Dumas Wesley Community Center and Sybil Smith Village at 111 Mobile St.

This initiative is sponsored by the USA Center for Academic Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, which is co-directed by Karen Peterson, English instructor, and Dawn McKinney, senior computer and information sciences instructor.

USA joins universities around the country in supporting the community by participating in service projects. Service-learning is a student-focused community effort that builds civic-minded citizens through community service. Students are also mentored by faculty, business and community partners.

"We are proud of our students, and we want them to have a major impact on their community through service,"  Peterson said.

T-shirts will be provided to the first 500 volunteers by the USA Student Government Association. SGA will also provide free Jag Tran transportation to students who need a ride to and from the work sites. Jag Tran will leave the flagpole at the Student Center parking lot at 9:30 a.m.

A complimentary lunch will be donated and served by Springhill Avenue United Methodist Church and cooked by Michael Roberts, a master chef. USA Dining Services is providing hot dogs, and Pepsi Buffalo Rock will donate soft drinks and water.

"This is a great way for us to make a difference in our community," McKinney said.

Additional sponsors for the USA MLK International Day of Service are Super Target, USA Office of Multicultural Affairs, Jaguar Productions, Farmers Insurance, the Bruce Wells Agency, USA Athletics, and USA Public Relations.

There are numerous volunteer projects available. Please see the list below:
  • Building wheelchair ramps at 2723 and 2721 Josephine St.
  • Painting a mural at Dumas Wesley Community Center
  • Men's and women's basketball team and coaches to hold mini sports clinics for kids
  • Arts and crafts projects for kids at Sybil Smith Village
  • Cleaning and yard work at the Ronald McDonald House
  • Cleaning and yard work in the Crichton community
  • Sorting and cleaning at Penelope's Closet at 63 North Florida St.
For more information, volunteers should contact Karen Peterson, event co-director, at Volunteers should sign up by e-mailing their names and contact information to or visit, and put in MLK and Mobile, Alabama, to reach the registration page.

USA Logo