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King University Faculty Participate in Service Day with Feeding America SWVA

BRISTOL, Tenn., July 21, 2017 – King University faculty from King’s College of Arts & Sciences recently participated in a community service day organized by Han Chuan Ong, Ph.D., dean of King’s College of Arts & Sciences, Marshall Galloway, coordinator of the Associate of Arts, and Erin M. Kingsley, Ph.D., assistant professor of English. The group of 10 faculty volunteered the Monday after King’s Spring 2017 Commencement at Feeding America Southwest Virginia located in Abingdon, Va.

“This was the first service day of what we hope will become a regular event for our faculty,” said Ong. “Whenever we have a week abuzz with activity, we want to channel the energy into something positive. This time, it occurred the first business day after commencement while spirits were still high. We hope this encourages others both at King and throughout the surrounding community to volunteer. There are so many easy ways to help people who live in our own region.”

When the faculty arrived at the facility in Abingdon, they were asked to utilize the donated pantry items in the kitchen to make a meal for 300 people. “The folks at Feeding America SWVA set us to work immediately,” said Ong. “We broke into pairs with each pair developing their own part of the meal. It seemed a monumental task, but in the end, we were successful in feeding those in need. The lunch we prepared consisted of chicken and rice, carnitas, sweet potatoes, and peach cobbler.

“At first it was a bit chaotic, but we had a great deal of fun. It was wonderful to help out, and we look forward to doing it again,” Ong added. “We are called to action to do something, to be Christ-like; sharing our energy with others in ways that might benefit them is a rewarding experience. Going forward, we plan to host service days at least three times per year.”

Kingsley said, “I am very passionate about fostering a community of service to each other and to the greater community. While I'd love to see a campus-wide serve day at King (including faculty, staff, and students), establishing a service day for Arts and Sciences faculty is a good way to begin. We had so much fun cooking on the fly together. It felt like an episode of Chopped, or Iron Chef. It was an excellent way to not only build community among King faculty but also to serve our brothers and sisters as Christ commanded we do.”

Founded in 1981, Feeding America Southwest Virginia, an affiliate member of Feeding America, has been fighting to eliminate hunger in the region through community partnerships for the past 36 years.


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