Mason School students volunteering on MLK Day


Mason School students taking part in the United We Serve inititaive on Martin Luther King Day event.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” This year as many gathered across the United States to respond to Dr. King’s call to serve their communities, Mason MBAs joined residents of the Williamsburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority to participate in the William & Mary Office and Community Engagement MLK Day celebration. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call-to-service initiative. It calls for volunteers from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

In partnership with members of the Blayton Building, a local affordable housing residence, MBA students prepared disaster kits for the American Red Cross and wrote letters to military members and their families. While Mason students participate in community service activities throughout the year through the leadership development program, this year’s Martin Luther King Day event was a special occasion as it partnered students with elderly residents of the Blayton Building in Williamsburg.

Following the service event, students and residents of the Blayton Building took time to reflect on how their service fit into King’s greater vision of a beloved community. As Dr. King encouraged all citizens to make this country a better place to live, W&M MBA students have committed to preparing meals with Campus Kitchen volunteer program to help meet the needs in our community including those of the Blayton Building. In addition, students will be placing quotes from Dr. King throughout the W&M campus and Miller Hall this week to help spread Dr. Kings message of building a better community.

The message that I left in the graduate lounge of Miller Hall this morning from Dr. King reads “Everybody can be great…because everybody can serve.” We here at the Mason School of Business are excited to continue our collaboration with all members of the William & Mary and Williamsburg community as we are dedicated Dr. King’s dream.

In total more than 140 William & Mary students contributed more than 300 service hours yesterday, donating their time to several local nonprofits, including the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Heritage Humane Society, Dream Catchers, and the Blayton House. I invite you to check out pictures from our event on the Mason School of Business Facebook page and continue to follow the MBA Association Community Service Committee events throughout the year.

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Chad Chadbourn

Chad Chadbourn is a 2nd year MBA candidate at The College of William & Mary where he has helped plan local service projects in coordination with the MBA Association and several local nonprofits including Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Red Cross, and KIDZ' N GRIEF as the 2nd year MBA Association Community Service Committee Chair. Prior to coming to W&M he was an International Agricultural Development Specialist with U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service. In addition, he previously served as research associate at Nathan Associates, an international economic development consulting firm. While at Nathan Associates Chad coordinated employee and corporate philanthropic support for the United Way campaign. In addition, Chad served as a Community Economic Development Adviser with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica from 2006 – 2008. As a Peace Corps volunteer he coordinated numerous programs and events including a youth scout troop, community recycling program, and classes in English, business, and technology with several nonprofits. Chad is fluent in Spanish and holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington.

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