Service opportunities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the African American Black Association is sponsoring two service events, a Family Focus coat drive and a volunteer opportunity at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. See details below for each event.

The AABA is sponsoring a coat drive from Jan. 3 – 27 for the local charity Family Focus of Aurora. Family Focus is an organization that invests in strengthening families and their children in Chicago and NE Illinois to build social capital and achieve upward economic mobility through high-quality innovative programs and services grounded in anti-racism and social justice.

Stop by Wilson Hall and donate a new or gently used coat for any age. Donation boxes will be available by Ramsey Auditorium, Global Services office, and second-floor crossover.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9-12 p.m. the AABA will volunteer at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. 25 spots have been reserved for the AABA LRG. As a volunteer you will pack and sort food at the West Suburban Center in Geneva. Additionally, it is required that you wear fully enclosed (toes and heels) shoes during the volunteer shift. Failing to do so will mean you are unable to participate in the event.

Your family members are invited to volunteer. Children must be 8 years of age to participate. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older. (One adult for every four youth ages 8-12 with a group; one adult for every ten youth ages 13-15.) If the volunteer is a minor without an email address, contact and they will enter the child volunteer in the system.

Please respond for this opportunity by EOB Friday, Jan. 6. There is a limit of 25 participants, so sign up early and register if you are sure you will participate.

To register, please click on this link: