On Monday, January 15, NJSOC hosted a very special a program – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The program was hosted in partnership with Outdoors On Purpose, Natural Ground 1 and New Jersey Youth Corps of Phillipsburg. More than 25 volunteers braved the freezing temperatures to work on various projects outside around the campus.
The day opened with a beautiful Flag Raising Ceremony led by the NJ Youth Corps. Friends Board Member Tenisha Malcolm-Wint reflected on the life of Dr. King and then we broke into work groups to remove invasives, collect seeds for Spring planting in our pollinator garden, and we stacked chopped wood. Volunteers were treated to a delicious meal of chili and cornbread courtesy of Chef Mike. And what day would be complete without a campfire and s’mores.
Many thanks to our education team for organizing the work teams. And many thanks to our three Board members – Dan Kennedy, Tenisha Malcolm-Wint and Marsha Benovengo for participating.
(Read more about this event at NJ Spotlight News!)