Sen. Merkley joins students volunteering for MLK, Jr. Day

by Jared Paben

About 900 college and high school students joined with Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC) to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20, by giving back to their communities at 14 sites in eastern Portland and Gresham.

Service projects included assembling college information packets for high school juniors and conducting hands-on clean-up projects.

Before beginning their projects, the students assembled at David Douglas High School to discuss the value of serving the community and to hear a speech from U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., who graduated from David Douglas High School before becoming the first person in his family to attend college.

A big congratulations to organizers at ORCC on their fifth successful Collaborative Day of College Service event funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Visit the ORCC website to see more about the event: http://www.oregoncampuscompact.org/mlk-day.html Here are some of the photos we took at the event:


Merkley thumbs up
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., gives the thumbs up after helping students assemble packets of information about college to be distributes to high school juniors. Stephanie Wrightsman, interim Oregon state office director for the Corporation for National and Community Service, is in the background near the door.


Josh Todd speaks at podium
Josh Todd, executive director of Oregon Campus Compact, addresses the crowd at David Douglas High School in Portland before the volunteer activities begin.


Merkley speaks at podium
Merkley speaks to students at David Douglas High School.


Collaborative Day of College Service T-shirts
Students listen to a speech by Merkley before they begin their volunteer activities.


Merkley shakes hands
Merkley says goodbye to students after helping them assemble packets of information about college to be distributed to high school juniors.


Posted on January 21, 2014 in Day of Service.