Making a Difference

What began in 2018 as a small, community service project in the College of Veterinary Medicine has quickly expanded into a multi-event activity.

The second annual CVM Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service was held on King Day, the federal holiday honoring the birthday of Dr. King and observed as a national day of service.

In 2018, CVM students, faculty and staff descended upon the Boys and Girls Club of Ames where they offered a clinical skills session to the club members and then conducted a general cleaning of the facility.

CVM volunteers returned to the Boys and Girls Club of Ames again on Monday, Jan. 21, where they participated in the same activities. But in addition to that volunteer effort, other students, faculty, staff and their families, including dogs, also visited the Green Hills Retirement Community where they met with the residents. An additional volunteer activity also took place at the Story County Animal Shelter where volunteers helped restocked shelves at the newly-renovated facility. The volunteers also assisted with doing laundry, cleaning cages, washing litter boxes and bowls in addition to walking dogs and socializing with cats.

The CVM King Day of Service was sponsored by the college’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, chaired by Dr. Heather Greenlee, associate professor of biomedical sciences and the college’s equity advisor.

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