Honoring MLK With Day of Service

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

(CHICAGO) – Rush University students and staff will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a day of service Monday, Jan. 16. Students from each of Rush’s colleges — Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the Graduate College and the College of Health Sciences — will participate in services throughout the day, including the following:

  • Preparing breakfast for the people being helped at Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph at 2715 W. Harrison St., Chicago from 3 to 6:30 a.m.
  • Providing respiratory health screenings and education at Facing Forward to End Homelessness at 642 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“This is really who we are at Rush. Service is such a big part of our culture,” said Sharon Gates, senior director of Community Engagement at Rush. “Our students want to know, ‘How can I make some kind of impact on the community with the talent I possess?’”

Seven years ago, Rush University students chose to honor Martin Luther King Jr., by giving their time to the underserved community. Over the years, several student groups have taken the lead in planning. 

Rush employees, faculty and students are donating food and toiletries for the cause throughout the day.

The events are cosponsored by the Rush’s Office of Community Engagement and RU Caring.

About Rush University

Rush University, with more than 2,500 students is a health sciences university and is comprised of Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences, and the Graduate College.