MLK Day 2018 Day of Service

Rush University students and staff will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a day of service on Monday, Jan. 15. 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. They will team up with employees at Rush to collect toiletries at the Armour Academic Center at Rush for U.S. military veterans being treated at the Center for Veterans and Their Families at Rush.

There are several other activities taking place both on and off campus, include 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 7 a.m.
  • Providing respiratory health screenings and education at Sanctuary Place at 642 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago from 8 a.m. to1 p.m.
  • Vaccinating and providing health education in Little Village outside of Home Depot, 4555 S. Western Blvd., for those who are lining up for work there from 7 to 10 a.m.
  • Enlightening the minds of kids from area schools with information on careers in health at the Armour Academic Center on Rush’s campus 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?’”

Eight 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 Rush’s Office of Community Engagement and RU Caring.