Posted by SKEF on January 19 2015
Nearly 150 volunteers celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. by giving back to local kids at Salem-Keizer Education Foundation today.
Large groups of employees from Kaiser Permanente, Starbucks and SAIF sorted books, stuffed Awesome 3000 packets and got their hands dirty planting flowers or building raised beds at a school learning garden.
“We are really excited to be part of something that can affect so many lives in the community. Small things can make a huge difference so we’re here to do our part and help contribute to literacy and education in the Salem-Keizer area,” said Jennifer Hartwell with Starbucks.
More than 60 Kaiser Permanente employees and their families participated including Elizabeth Engberg.
“It’s important for everybody to contribute to the future of our community so we’re here today supporting health and access to healthy foods in the schools gardens and sorting books to support literacy.”
Local students also showed up in force from Corban University, Chemeketa Community College and Sprague, South, West and McNary high schools. Sprague High School junior Shanti Basu was one of several students from her leadership class at SKEF.
“It’s a good time to give back to the community in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.,” Basu said.
Chemeketa Community College student Efra Quevedo was one of several Chemeketa Service Leaders who gave back on MLK Day.
“Since we don’t have school,” he said, “it’s a great time to do it.”
SKEF Volunteer Services Director Valerie Steele was overwhelmed by the response from the community.
“I think it’s so cool that people are willing to give up their day off,” she said.