While most students spent the last day of winter break at home relaxing, some members of the Mount Community started off a great semester by serving in two different experiences for the MLK Jr. Day of Service.
The Office of Social Justice led around 90 participants split between Baltimore and DC to work with the 6th Branch, as well as with City Year, two organizations that they have worked with previously. “Serving on MLK Jr. Day allowed me the opportunity to do my part in continuing Martin Luther King Jr.’s mission, to support our neighbors and to show compassion to all people.” said Sean O’Brien C’16.
Some Students went to City Year in DC. The goal of this organization is to help underprivileged children around the District of Columbia. Many of the Mount students helped while in DC with painting and refurbishing a school, as well as beautifying the neighborhood around the area.
Aside from City Year, the rest of the Mount Volunteers spent their time with the 6th Branch in Baltimore, nonprofit veterans organization. The goal of the 6th Branch is to take extra lots and spaces that are disrupted with trash or tree branches, and turning them into beautiful spaces that can be enjoyed for the whole community.
Rachel Keifer, C’20 also participated in the day at City Year. “We were able to witness the critical work that the volunteers are doing in nurturing a community of youth, and inspiring them to work hard and reach their goals. Just merely stepping into that was a transformative experience I believe for everyone that was there,” said Keifer.
Members of the Mount who volunteered with the 6th Branch started their day with a few speakers, including the Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, thanking the volunteers for their efforts, as well as a performance by a local children’s choir.
Throughout the day, they helped pick up trash and extra tree branches that were in the area, in an attempt to beautify the neighborhood.
“MLK has given us a solid foundation for a lot of social works and programs, as well as being a motivation for people who are unable to speak up for themselves,” said O’Brien.