In January 2010 Puget Sound had three Day-of-Service opportunities. Students volunteered at local non-profits on Monday, January 18th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Wednesday 1/20, and Saturday 1/23. Students worked with St. Leo’s Food Connection, the Tacoma Nature Center, My Sister’s Pantry, the Rainbow Center and MLK Ballet, as well as doing clean-up work at Washington Park. Then-senior Molecular and Cellular Biology Major, Erin Ward ('10), described her experience with the MLK Day of Service:
"On Saturday, January 23, 2010, I went with a group of about 10 students to the non-profit MLK Ballet Company which is located on the top floor of the Urban Grace Church downtown. There were 3 other volunteer sights that day but when I heard that one of the options was a non-profit ballet company I was immediately intrigued, because of my previous experience as a dancer before I came to UPS. I have also gained an interest in working with non-profit companies since I came to UPS so this organization seemed to encompass many of my passions."
"Upon arrival at the ballet studio we were met by a volunteer and dancer, Faith Stevens, and Alexa Folsomhill, who helped get the organization started. There were two studios and one of our jobs was to paint one of the rooms and another group split off to clean and organize costumes and ballet slippers. I was part of the painting group which was very fun, we put on music and began taping. I got to know some wonderful first year students and we bonded with conversation and matching “war” paint on our cheeks. Once I could break away from my task, I immediately began questing Alexa and Faith about the organization and how I could get involved. They were both very friendly and helpful. I learned that the best way to get involved is to go to their performances because that is primarily how they support the tuition-free organization and I offered to help with advertisements on campus. They also told me I should attend the community class on Monday and Tuesdays at 7pm. This was so exciting to me because I have been trying to get re-involved with ballet but did not have the resources to pay the high monthly fees of most ballet companies. I continued to learn that they have a performance group as well as classes for younger children. The four hours I spent painting the ballet studio were some of the most rewarding volunteer hours I have spent because of the passion I shared with the organization."