This year, Frontier Nursing University’s (FNU) Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) encouraged community members to participate in the MLK Day of Service Challenge! MLK Day, honoring Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., is an official day of service and celebrates the civil rights leader's life and legacy. FNU community members were encouraged to participate in community service with friends and family, then share their service hours and pictures with the Office of DEI.
Here are some of the ways community members gave back to their communities:
Dr. Paula Alexander-Delpech, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, spent the day sorting food for Feeding South Florida. The group she was assigned to sorted 12,000 lbs of food, equating to approximately 95 meals for families. She also wants to share this quote from Dr. King used by Feeding South Florida: "Everyone has the power for Greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service."
Dr. Doreen Thomas-Payne, FNU faculty member, provided service to her community with her son Jared, sorority sisters, and the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Dr. Thomas-Payne belongs to Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., a professional nursing sorority. Their mission is to provide "service to humanity".
Her chapter’s (Theta Chapter) service project was to collect and donate diapers to the Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank. The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank provides diapers, menstrual products, adult incontinence products, and formula to those in need in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Chris Turley, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, packed canned goods for the Amen House in Georgetown, Ky. Part of their vision is, “We envision a hunger free Scott County where food rescue is second nature to every grocery, restaurant, farmer and gardener; where local businesses, churches, organizations and families fight hunger by sharing their resources through food or cash donations.”
Dr. Kendra Faucett, FNU faculty member, and her daughter Violet, and Shelley Aldridge, Chief Operations Officer, and her daughter Josie, attended the MLK Day March in downtown Lexington, Ky. This year was the 50th year Lexington hosted a march and program. The theme of this year’s Commemorative Program is “MLK Holiday 50th Anniversary: A Half Century of Lighting Candles of Hope Against the Threat of Darkness.”
At the heart of Frontier Nursing University is a talented and diverse community of students, alumni, faculty, staff, Couriers, and preceptors. We are inspired by a culture of caring. FNU’s Culture of Caring is built on five main elements: Professionalism, Inclusivity, Respect, Positive Communication and Mutual Support. We embrace this culture to fulfill our full potential, both individually and collectively. Together, we exemplify the caring behaviors we hope to bring to the wider healthcare system.
Thank you all for giving back on the MLK Day of Service! We are proud of our FNU community members and their dedication to service.