In celebration of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service last week, members of Rend Lake College’s AmeriCorps program collected and donated items to Lifeboat Alliance, a homeless shelter in Mt. Vernon. The students collected over 20 bags full of non-perishable items, which they delivered to the shelter on Thursday, Jan. 18. The items will be used to maintain facilities and help the residents get back on their feet.
Through AmeriCorps, individuals of all ages and backgrounds address the state’s education, public safety, human, and environmental needs through service. RLC members provide literacy tutoring for K through grade 8 students in local schools. In return, members receive a living allowance and education award to help finance their college education or vocational training, or pay back student loans after successful completion of service.
Pictured is, FROM LEFT, Brooke Lacey (Mt. Vernon), Allie Sledge (Mt. Vernon), Lexi Chaffin (Scheller), Falisha Biggerstaff (McLeansboro), Skylyn Simpson (Sesser), Zach Brookman (Opdyke), Alexa Beavers (West Frankfort), Jaci Pelaz (Mt. Vernon), and Sandra Eversole (Mulkeytown).
(RLC Submitted Photo)