George Fox University volunteers join in seventh annual MLK Day of Service in Portland on Jan. 16

January 9th, 2017

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In addition, George Fox participates in MLK celebration event Monday night at Chehalem Cultural Center

Martin Luther King JrNEWBERG, Ore. – Students and staff from George Fox University will join five Portland-area colleges to serve at the seventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16. George Fox plans to bring between 100 and 125 volunteers.

The event, organized by Oregon Campus Compact, begins and ends with rallies at Warner Pacific College. This year’s emphasis will be working to improve the community and educational environment of Southeast Portland. The theme of the day is “Stand Together,” and about 500 volunteers are expected.

As part of the day, volunteers will work on various volunteer projects with dozens of different community organizations in Portland. Teams will plant trees, work in community gardens with local youth, pack and distribute food, and remove invasive species of plants, among other activities.

The goal of the event is for college campuses to “come together unified in service to others, and taking part in embodying the ‘beloved community’ that Dr. King beckoned so many towards as a result of his Christ-centered vision and faith,” said Rusty St. Cyr, associate pastor of ministry and service at George Fox.

Joining George Fox at the event is Warner Pacific College, Portland State University, Mt. Hood Community College, Concordia University and Portland Community College.

The Portland event ties into a national day of service. Initiated by Congress in 1994, Martin Luther King Day of Service builds on the civil rights leader’s legacy by transforming the federal holiday honoring him into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice.

Service is nothing new at George Fox. For 17 years the university has hosted Serve Day, when it closes school for one day in early September to send students and staff members out to surrounding communities to perform various volunteer projects. Last year, more than 2,000 Serve Day volunteers visited more than 100 sites in Portland and surrounding cities, serving in venues that included schools, churches, civic organizations and retirement homes.

To learn more about George Fox’s involvement in the MLK Day of Service, contact St. Cyr at 503-554-2319.

MLK Celebration Event
The Newberg community is invited to the Chehalem Cultural Center on Monday, Jan. 16, for live music, refreshments and good conversation to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The evening’s theme is “A Legacy of Love.”

The free event features several George Fox student performers, and Tiona Cage, assistant director of international student and scholar services, will speak. A reception is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a program from 6 to 7 p.m. The Chahelem Cultural Center is located at 415 E. Sheridan St.

For more information on Monday’s event, go to or call Rick Muthiah at 503-332-4940.


Rusty St. Cyr
Associate Pastor of Ministry and Service
George Fox University

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