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Community Joins with Upward Bound Students at MCCC’s James Kerney Campus in MLK Day of Service

1/26/18


Thanks to lots of donations and dedicated volunteers, the group was able to donate 1,300 PB&J sandwiches to the Trenton Rescue Mssion.


Sorting blankets and socks to be donated to the homeless.

Trenton, N.J. – High school students who participate in Upward Bound at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) had a busy day on Jan. 15, as they joined with their family members, MCCC staff and students, and other community volunteers at the James Kerney Campus's Day of Service in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Mark Harris, MCCC's Vice President for Finance and Administration, welcomed the volunteers and shared words of inspiration about the importance of giving back on a day off. 

The group responded with enthusiasm. Initally set on making 1,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Trenton Rescue Mission, they easily surpassed that goal. When everything had been spread, compiled and wrapped, the final total was 1,300.

Upward Bound Director Stacy Denton reports that 150 volunteers arrived ready to work. “We were overwhelmed by the community response. So many people came out to help. It’s was a great way for our students to make a difference for those in need.”

Among those who rolled up their sleeves during the event were MCCC’s Student Executive Council, the MCCC Very Important People program, the Mercer chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and Zeta Youth Auxiliary, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Sigma Club, Teen Voices, Morrisville United Methodist Church, and House of Blessings.

Additionally, the group received donations of blankets and socks that will be distributed to the homeless as part of “Point-In-Time Count 2018,” a national project that seeks to assist the homeless.

Starbucks donated coffee for the volunteers, and an Upward Bound mom, Davona Dunns, volunteered her time to do free haircuts.

Following the service project, the Trenton campus hosted a traveling museum display depicting the life of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.

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