NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - In Nacogdoches, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 16th is facing a good problem. More than the number of expected volunteers have signed up.
Organizers told East Texas news they now need more "to do" lists.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University has promoted a day of service on Martin Luther King Day for six years.
"This is not exclusively for students," aid Veronica Weaver, OMA's director. It's for anyone who wants to help out."
No shortage there. Over the break, hundreds of university students, faculty, staff, and community members signed up to work.
"I'm looking at getting more projects," Weaver said. "If anyone has anything that students can complete in about three to four hours, that's what I'm looking for. They can do anything, as long as it's serving the community."
Non-profits often benefit from volunteers willing to pitch in and help out on MLK Day. Parks, trails, individuals needing repairs, and educational services are other worthy service project ideas.
"As long as it's helping the individual, helping a group of people, helping a business, helping any kind of organization then it qualifies," Weaver said.
It's a way to follow King's teaching that, "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
The new deadline to submit a project for MLK Day of Service in Nacogdoches is January 11th. Project application can be made at the Office of Multicultural Affairs website.