Students to Celebrate Dr. King’s Legacy with Volunteerism

Palm Beach Atlantic University students help prepare a plot of land for a vegetable garden at the men's campus operated by The Lord's Place during the 2011 MLK Challenge. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, accredited, Christ-centered college located in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.On what has become a national day of service, Palm Beach Atlantic University students will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by volunteering at multiple sites across Palm Beach County on Monday, Jan. 16.

Since 2001, PBA students have made Martin Luther King Day a "day on, not a day off" by volunteering their time to serve the community. Classes will not be in session on that day.

Community service is a tradition at Palm Beach Atlantic through a program called Workship, a coined term combining 'work' and 'worship.' As part of the graduation requirement, undergraduate students volunteer at least 45 hours each academic year at non-profit agencies, schools and churches. Students have logged more than 2 million Workship hours since the University was founded in 1968.

When volunteers arrive on campus the morning of the MLK Challenge, the projects for the day are revealed. Past projects have included organizing a neighborhood block party, painting houses, participating in community clean-ups and preparing meals for the homeless.

The projects involve partnerships with such nonprofit agencies as Quantum House, The Lord’s Place and Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center.

For information about PBA’s Workship program, please call (561) 803-2580 or visit


Category Tag(s): 01/2012 General News