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Sac State students volunteer for MLK Jr. Day

01-13-2011


Martin Luther King Jr. during a 1967 speech at Sacramento State.

Sacramento State students will be among the group of Capitol Region JusticeCorps members volunteering at the St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Capitol Region JusticeCorps, an AmeriCorps program, recruits and trains university students to provide legal information to self-represented litigants.

The local program is comprised of 29 students from Sacramento State and UC Davis who volunteer at Self-Help Centers in Placer, Sacramento and Yolo County Superior Courts, and the UC Davis Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic in Woodland, says Nicola Wood, assistant family law facilitator for Sacramento County Superior Court.

St. John’s Shelter is a non-profit agency that serves hundreds of women and children each day by providing them with a place to stay, counseling and other services.

Doris Tulifau is one of the Sacramento State JusticeCorps students volunteering on Monday. St. John’s helped some of her relatives when they were in need, and she has performed volunteer work there previously, painting buildings, and organizing a luau for the families. On Monday, she and her co-workers will read poetry to the children and cook for the families.

“Giving my time to causes I believe in is my payment to myself,” Tulifau says.

There is a nation-wide effort to make King’s birthday a national day of service, and Tulifau supports that whole-heartedly. “Dr. King believed in national service through his fight for civil rights,” she says.

“We hope that our volunteer effort will help transform lives, empower the disadvantaged and strengthen the community,” says Wood.

For more information on the volunteer day and the JusticeCorps program, call (916) 875-3406. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.