Published On: Fri, Jan 31st, 2014

Bluefield College students take part in MLK National Day of Service

Service: it’s a way of life at Bluefield College, a time-honored core value, a part of the school’s mission statement, and integrated heavily into students’ overall academic experience.
Bluefield College students take part in MLK

Bluefield College students assemble decorative baby bottles for Abel Crisis Pregnancy Center as part of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service

That’s why when the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service comes around every year, there is no question BC students are involved. This year, 42 Bluefield College students took part in a day of service at four separate locations in the community, designed not only to fulfill the BC mission to be in service to God and the community, but also to pay tribute to the legacy and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bluefield College students move furniture

Bluefield College students move furniture as part of clean-up project at historic Sanders House, one of four sites where BC students volunteered a day of service as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service

The 42 BC students volunteered their time at the Bluefield Union Mission, the Abel Crisis Pregnancy Center, the Historic Sanders House, and the campus of Bluefield College. Katilyn Duggins, a community service advocate for BC who organizes the annual MLK Service Day, said the motivation behind the students’ efforts comes from scripture in Ephesians that says, “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Completing those “good works,” she added, brings JOY (Give to Jesus, Others and then Yourself) to the students.