MLK Day of Service 2018

Two Mayors Kick Off Day of Service on MLK Day at UCOM

UCOM and The Arc Kent County kicked off a year of service and 'Building the Beloved Community' with our 2018 MLK Day of Service. On January 15, as part of a grant awarded by The Arc of US, UCOM will be hosted a service project and day of guest speakers. Community members from different races, ethnicities, religions, and abilities all came together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by making MLK Day “a day on, not a day off.”

Headlining the event were Mayor Steve Maas of Grandville and Mayor Jack Poll of Wyoming. 


Other 5-minute motivational speakers for the morning included; Rev. Robyn SaylorEmily Schichtel, Heart of West Michigan United Way; Rev. Justo Gonzalez II, Southwest Conference Minister / Latinx Ministry Conference Coordinator at Michigan Conference, United Church of Christ; and Brenda Brame of the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition (KCTCC).

Throughout the day, 46 People spent their day volunteering with UCOM in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Matin Luther King Jr. Eight of those 46 volunteers were physically or cognitively impaired, showing once again that everyone can serve their community. Seventeen of the 46 were youth from two local high schools and a local middle school, showing that the future is in good hands. Together, our 46 volunteers helped process over 2600 pounds of food for the food pantry.