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NGU Community Gives Back During MLK Day of Service

Posted on: January 24, 2023
By Billy Cannada,

Tigerville, S.C. (January 24, 2023) North Greenville University (NGU) students, faculty, and staff came together to serve Soteria Community Development Corporation during the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service on January 16.

Soteria CDC, a Christian ministry helping former prisoners transition back into society with job training, temporary housing, and discipleship programs, recently experienced a fire at its property in Greenville. Volunteers used a portion of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to assist with clean-up efforts.  

“It felt good to represent NGU as we blessed another local Christian organization,” said Dr. Paul Thompson, Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences at NGU. “I hope NGU can continue some kind of community outreach annually on this special day.”

Dr. Feliccia Smith, Professor of Management for the College of Business and Entrepreneurship at NGU, said service efforts like this one move the community closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”

“The MLK Day of Service has garnered a lot of traction and has grown steadily in recent years because of its focus on encouraging and empowering Americans to participate in community service,” Smith said. “Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers engage in projects such as tutoring and mentoring children, painting schools and senior centers, delivering meals, building homes, and reflecting on Dr. King’s life and teachings. I’m certainly glad that North Greenville’s faculty, students, and staff were able to volunteer and affect change in our community by providing direct services to the Soteria Community Development Corporation.”

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