Lebanon Valley College and the Mission Central HUB at Cleona, Immanuel UMC, have had a close relationship since the founding of the HUB in 2010 when the HUB provided projects for students at Freshman Orientation. It was natural then that the Coordinator of the LVC Office of Community Service and Volunteerism, Jennifer Liedtka, contacted the HUB regarding service projects for Martin Luther King Day. Since January 15 was the first day of classes for students after their winter break, staff did not think it wise to send them off campus to work as they had done in other years. For 2018, Jenn decided to set up service projects around campus that students could take part in for a few minutes, an hour or whatever time they had in their day.
The Cleona HUB is gifted with a troop of great sewing people who produce School Kit bags for the UMCOR School Kits that are made and distributed through Mission Central. Experience has shown that the sewing groups are more productive when someone cuts the fabric for them and they just sew. The talents of the LVC students and the sewing groups were combined to create an MLK Day service project.
Students were provided with fabric suitable for school bags, the templates for the correct size of the bags and scissors. The project area was set up in the lobby outside the student theater where there was space for tables and plenty of clean floor area for students to lay out fabric. The cutting area was set up for about 3 hours near the dining hall, so that many students could drop by to and from lunch to do a deed of service to others in commemoration of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The news team from WGAL- TV showed up to film the event and interview some students about their choices to provide service to others.
There is now a new supply of cut out school bags waiting to be sewn at the Cleona HUB. The energy and enthusiasm of the students combined with the expert sewing groups will provide quality school bags for school supplies for children in need across the country!