Indiana Southeast students volunteer hours for the annual MLK Jr. Day of Service

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Indiana University Southeast students gave back to the Kentuckiana community. Early Monday morning, about 50 students boarded a charter bus bound for five different companies on either side of the river. About seven to ten showed up at Our Place Drug and Alcohol Services in New Albany at Kamari Marsh. Marsh said volunteering is not a school requirement. She said each student self-enrolled as part of the college’s Martin Luther King Junior Day of Service. “But I think since we started our business we’ve had students coming out every year. As a drug and alcohol agency, we see so many things that it’s daunting at times, so it’s really nice to be young. People come out and are positive and supportive.” The students worked at their respective volunteer sites for about three hours. All they got in return was a t-shirt. For freshman Ryan Betsch, however, the reward of volunteering like this is that he helps ensure that everyone in the community has a helping hand when they need it. “Obviously a lot of people are doing nothing today, and I have to help the community in some way,” Betsch said. “Going out and helping the community makes me feel like I’m doing something more than just for myself.”

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Indiana University Southeast students gave back to the Kentuckiana community.

Early Monday morning, about 50 students boarded a charter bus bound for five different companies on either side of the river. About seven to ten showed up at Our Place Drug and Alcohol Services in New Albany.

“I don’t think people do it because they think it might be too much work, but frankly it’s a lot of fun,” said junior Kamari Marsh.

Marsh said volunteering is not a school requirement. She said each student self-enrolled as part of the college’s Martin Luther King Junior Day of Service.

“I really don’t know exactly what year it started,” said MeriBeth Adams-Wolf, the company’s executive director. “But I think since we started our business we’ve had students coming out every year. As a drug and alcohol agency, we see so many things that are daunting at times, so it’s really nice to be young and people come out and are positive and supportive.”

The students worked at their respective volunteer sites for about three hours. All they got was a t-shirt.

For freshman Ryan Betsch, however, the reward of volunteering like this is making sure everyone in the community has a helping hand when they need it.

“A lot of people are obviously not doing anything today, and I have to help the community in some way,” Betsch said. “Going out and helping the community makes me feel like I’m doing something more than myself.”

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