United We Serve


A group of Berry College students woke up early on Martin Luther King Day to make a difference in the Rome community. 

A total of 150 students were split into groups to volunteer at different non-profit organizations throughout the city of Rome as part of Berry College’s "MLK Service Day 2015." Berry students are known for their volunteer work both on and off campus. Martha Berry, the school's founder, instilled the concept "head, heart, and hands" in 1902 and more than 100 years later, the motto is still a belief that many students cherish.

Berry students helped at 13 organizations including Angel Express, Boys and Girls Club South, Golden Living Center, Habitat for Humanity, Harbor House, Healthy Families, Hospitality House Thrift Store, Rome Action Ministries, YMCA, Restore Lindale, Nature Conservancy, Marshall Forrest, and the Open Door Home.

Olivia Paige, a junior sociology major from Atlanta, Ga., is the director for Berry College Volunteer Services.

“MLK Service Day is an important reminder of the issues that need addressing in our community.  Issues such as hunger, homelessness, and the environment.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s mission lives on today and this service day is a way for us to honor him and his mission,” Page said.

Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Nic Diaz and photos by Student Public Relations Photographers Blake Childers, Sara Leimbach and Lauren Hunter