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Meggan Franks
Jan 9, 2014

2014 MLK Day Service Events

Jan 9, 2014 by Meggan Franks

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. 

January 18th: Service Day at the Refuge

When: January 18th from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

Where: 2970 Bluff Lake Road, Brooksville

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is a 48,000 acres National Wildlife Refuge located in Oktibbeha county. Approximately 44,500 acres of the refuge is bottomland and upland forest. These forest lands are occupied by a variety of game species, including quail, deer, and turkey. The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker relies on the Refuge for its existence in east-central Mississippi, In addition many neotropic bird species inhabit the Noxubee forests. Four green-tree reservoirs (GTRs), two major lakes (Bluff - 800 acres and Loakfoma - 400 acres), 16 small impoundments, and assorted wetland areas provide important habitat for wood stork, American alligator, bald eagle and wintering waterfowl.

Learn more about the refuge and the endless number of volunteer opportunities by volunteering for the Service Day at the Refuge. Volunteers will assist in the rehabilitating the refuge's native plant garden located at the Visitor Center on the south shore of Bluff Lake. Volunteers will help weed, mulch, trim vegetation and complete minor repairs to the brick walkways. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and garden tools including shovels and racks. Volunteers will receive a lunch for participating.

To register as a volunteer, visit:

Groups: Please email your group request (group name, contact information, and number of participants) to

Jan 18th: Sand Creek Food Pantry

When: January 18th from 10:30a.m.-1:00p.m.

Where: Rockhill Road, Starkville

Volunteers are needed to assist with food distribution and packing at Sand Creek Chapel M.B. Church. Volunteers can park beside the church and enter through the back or side door to check-in.

Directions: Take North Montgomery past HWY 25/82 until it becomes Rockhill Rd. Follow Rockhill Rd. Past the landfill and past Waldrop Rd. Sand Creek will be about 3 miles up on your right.

Register as a volunteer at:

Groups: Please email your group request to

January 20th: MLK Day of Service with Oktibbeha County Fire Department

When: January 20th from 2:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

Where: Adaton Fire Station, 2160 Reed Rd, Starkville MS

This year for MLK Day volunteers will visit the Adaton Fire Station for an overview of the OCFD, their role in a disaster preparedness and response, and a lesson on how they can be prepared for a disaster situation. Volunteers will then participate in a community service project before departing. A late lunch will be provided to all participants.

To register as a volunteer, visit:

Groups: Please email your group request (group name, contact information, and number of participants) to

This project is part of MSU's President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. For more information, visit:

January 20th: Palmer Home Thrift Store

When: January 20th, 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m.

Where: 422 Mississippi 12, Starkville, MS 39759

Make MLK Day a day on and not a day off by participating in a service project in the local community. Volunteers are needed at the Palmer Home Thrift Store in Starkville from 1:00pm-3:00pm to help sort through clothes and tag items, etc. Volunteers must provide their own transportation. To register as a volunteer, visit:

January 20th: Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum

When: January 20th, 1p.m.-3p.m.

Where: 206 Fellowship Street, Starkville

Established in 1976, the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum is housed in a renovated 1874 Mobile & Ohio railroad depot located in the heart of Starkville, Mississippi. The museum offers a rich view of the history and culture of Starkville and Oktibbeha County through a permanent collection of artifacts that provide a window into our community’s bygone era.  

We are asking for 5 volunteers to assist us at the museum during our MLK Day of Service.  Volunteers will be asked to perform cleaning duties that will help the Heritage Museum preserve its history, and also get to learn more about the museum itself.  

A late lunch will be provided to all participants. To register as a volunteer, visit:

January 20th: Community Volunteer Fair

Don’t miss the Community Volunteer Fair where you can find many ways to volunteer during the new year. This is a great chance to meet and greet with our local nonprofits and find volunteer opportunities that match your interests and skills.

**This is a free event, but the public is encouraged to bring and donate the following items for our Disaster Preparedness Kits:
1) Boxes of matches in water proof containers;
2) Small flash lights;
3) Bottled water; and/or
4) Warm blankets.

For questions about any MLK Day events, please email the Maroon Volunteer Center at