With the life of Martin Luther King Jr. as their guide­post, more than 400 North­eastern stu­dents and Boston youths fanned out across a snow-​​covered city on Monday during the University’s annual MLK Day of Service.

Dr. King has inspired me to have a pas­sion for lead­er­ship,” said Fan­tasia Lewis, a Rox­bury res­i­dent and grad­uate of Another Course to Col­lege in Brighton, who deliv­ered the morning’s keynote address in the Curry Stu­dent Center.

Lewis told vol­un­teers briefly about her work with Sociedad Latina in Mis­sion Hill and withMy Town, which con­ducts tours of Rox­bury. “Anyone can become a leader like Dr. King,” she said “I hope you all leave your mark on the world today.”

After Sara De Ritter, asso­ciate director of Northeastern’s Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice, reminded vol­un­teers that “Dr. King walked these same streets” during his stu­dent days in Boston, teams fanned out to lend a hand at local non­profit orga­ni­za­tions for the day; some younger vol­un­teers stayed in Curry for sem­i­nars on lead­er­ship and service.

North­eastern stu­dent Daniel Soszynski, who led a cleanup crew at Com­mu­nity Builders ‘ Back of the Hill elderly housing com­plex in Mis­sion Hill, said he has joined pre­vious ser­vice days at the Uni­ver­sity. “I love to vol­un­teer,” the senior his­tory major said, adding, “It’s always good to give back.”

Under the super­vi­sion of building man­ager Julia Tonelli, the team of North­eastern stu­dents worked to orga­nize the complex’s com­mu­nity room.

In Malden, a team led by sopho­more Mike Becker took on a variety of tasks at the Refugee Immi­gra­tion Min­istry (RIM), which pro­vides ser­vices to refugees and asylum-​​seekers. RIM’s Jen­nifer Guterman said she had 15 Huskies doing main­te­nance, assem­bling training book­lets, preparing Eng­lish as a Second Lan­guage class mate­rials and cleaning up the com­puter system and donor data base. “We’re a very small orga­ni­za­tion and this is a great help,” she said.

While sopho­more Justin White pored over a bank of com­puters, Becker said he had taken part in ear­lier North­eastern ser­vice days as well. “I really enjoy com­mu­nity ser­vice,” the busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion major said.

The MLK Day of Ser­vice is orga­nized by the Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice and the Mass­a­chu­setts Promise Fel­low­ship, an Ameri­corps pro­gram based at North­eastern. The event is one of two annual ser­vice days spon­sored by the Uni­ver­sity; the other hap­pens in October.

Other ser­vice part­ners included Spon­ta­neous Cel­e­bra­tions, St. Ambrose Family Shelter, Project Bread, YWCA Boston, the Madison Park Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Vol­un­teers of America and Franklin Park Apart­ments, all in Boston.

To learn more about the Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, visit: http://​www​.north​eastern​.edu/​c​o​m​m​u​n​i​t​y​s​e​r​v​i​ce/

(Home­page photo: Sopho­more com­puter engi­neering major Justin White begins work on Refugee Immi­gra­tion Ministry’s donor data­base on Monday during MLK Day of Service.)