Living the MLK legacy with service to homeless veterans

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

Students representing the IUPUI Black Student Union with other volunteers from the university's Black Faculty and Staff Council will answer that question on the 13th Annual MLK Day of Service, Jan. 20, when they provide vital service to HVAF and the homeless veterans we provide for each day.

"Our volunteers come to HVAF to honor Dr. King's legacy through service," says Jen Halford, Assistant Director of Community Service and Civic Engagement at IUPUI's Office of Student Involvement. "It is only through the help of our dedicated community partners, like HVAF, that we are able to enlighten our students with the understanding that there are many social movements continuing today that need their help and empowers them to do it."

For their service work at HVAF, the IUPUI team will deep clean floors in the HVAF headquarters' basement and warehouse. It's crucially important to keep these spaces clean because clothing and other basic needs donations for homeless veterans are stored in these areas prior to distribution.

"We are proud to host the IUPUI team as they honor the MLK legacy with service to our military veterans," says Debra Des Vignes, VP of marketing and communications. "At the root of Dr. King's messages were the ideals that people provide service to others and pursue freedom and equality for all, and no group has sacrificed more to uphold these ideals than our U.S. military members."

If you or your organization would like to volunteer at HVAF, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Tina Mullins at or 317-951-0688.