Ashland University is hosting Dr. Ronnie A. Dunn from Cleveland State University to speak as part of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event on the AU campus. In addition, AU G.I.V.S. is hosting a day of service in conjunction with the Oxfam Hunger Banquet to raise awareness about food insecurity and provide food boxes to Ashland area seniors in need. During the day, AU students, faculty, staff have been invited to take part in a call to action for our Day of Service; A Day On Not A Day Off. AU G.I.V.S. (AU Gets Involved with Volunteer Service) will be hosting a MLK Day of Service centering around senior citizen food accessibility. That day, volunteers will be creating shelf stable food boxes and will then deliver them to 80 senior citizens in Ashland County that have been identified by the Council on Aging so that they have options in the event of inclement weather when the Council on Aging can not make their hot meal delivers. We anticipate 50 plus volunteers will be participating in this day of service, which will include an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to as an awareness activity; a keynote address from Captain Annalise Francis of the Ashland Ray and Joan Kroc Center; lunch provided by Domino's; and then our service of collating stable boxes, writing love letters to the seniors, and delivering them with a smile. Other community partners and sponsors have included Associated Charities, The Jay and Joan Kroc Center, Dominos, Ashland County Council on Aging, Ashtone Packaging, U of Promo and Campbell's Snyder Lance. To learn more about this day of service or to register as a volunteer, please visit: http://signup.com/go/jTuvqJN or call the Ashland University Office of Community Service at 419.289.5325.
The event featuring Dunn will take place Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel on the AU campus and Dunn will speak on the topic of “Racial Profiling: The Content of Their Character or the Color of Their Skin? In addition to the speaker, the event will feature musical selections by the Ashland University Chamber Singers with Alli Lange, student conductor. The event is free and open to the public.