Ridgefield residents celebrate MLK Day with Wingate University students
Residents of Monarch’s Ridgefield Home in Region 3 recently celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by partnering with Wingate students to learn about equality and the life and message of MLK.
Four Wingate students from the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity visited Monarch’s Ridgefield Home in Union County and did arts and crafts with the people we support there. They worked together to make a large paper chain to symbolize the equality of all people and to symbolize Dr. King’s dream.
Lacey Gulick, operations manager at Monarch’s Campus Park Drive, helped organize the event and said equality was one thing that Martin Luther King Jr. strived for, which is why Wingate students decided to celebrate it with those at Ridgefield. She noted the day was important because those we support love to meet new people and invite them into their lives.
“Bringing volunteers into Monarch increases equality to those who live with disabilities, Wingate University and our community as a whole. The people supported were thrilled to have new people in their home. There was a lot of clapping, singing, laughter and gratitude all throughout the home,” Gulick said.
A few months ago Gulick and one of the people we support, Charles Smith, had the opportunity to host a table at Wingate’s Internship and Career Services Etiquette Dinner and, through that interaction, students learned about volunteering opportunities at Monarch. The MLK Jr. Day craft was the first volunteer event at Monarch for the students .
Gulick hopes to continue the unique “link” created with Wingate University and said they are planning to attend the annual Shakespeare Competition at Wingate on Feb. 11 and also participate in Wingate’s Career Fair on March 27.