Honoring the Legacy of Dr. King in Service

January 17, 2013

In keeping with Northwestern’s Chicago campus celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the community is invited to participate in one of the many service projects planned in observance of his life and work. 

Ladder Up, formerly the Tax Assistance Program, is looking for volunteers to help low-income families receive much needed tax assistance.  Ladder Up will train interested volunteers at the Law School in Rubloff 175 on Saturday, January 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Only one session is required.

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) helps immigrant victims of violence obtain U visas, which provide protection against deportation and access to immigration status. The NIJC will conduct a two-day U visa preparation workshop in partnership with area law students and recent law graduates. Under attorney supervision, volunteers will work with clients to prepare U visa applications. Volunteers must be fluent in Spanish. Training will be held in RB175 on Wednesday, January 16, from Noon to 1:15 p.m.

Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center is looking for volunteers to help unload food and stock its food pantry shelves on Friday, January 11, and Friday, January 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Please contact Maureen Stratton to sign up to volunteer or for more information about these opportunities. 

The service projects, along with a week-long lecture series celebrating King’s legacy, is presented by the Day to Recognize the Efforts and Achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King (D.R.E.A.M) committee in collaboration with the Law School and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

D.R.E.A.M is an organization of University administrators and students that coordinates lectures and programs to inform faculty, staff and students on the Chicago campus about the teachings and contributions of Dr. King.