Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist for civil rights and often spoke about strengthening the community by alleviating poverty, ending racism, and creating a mutual understanding and love between people. Since MLK Day was established, it has been an initiative to give back to the community. Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?” This has become the motto of many volunteer organizations that sponsor events on MLK Day.
Dr. King believed that strength came from a community working together as a whole. This MLK Day, honor the memory of Dr. King by giving back to your community. There are many places that will be accepting volunteers on MLK Day, as well as many volunteer organizations that will be holding events to help others in Massachusetts. Even though MLK Day is a day off of work, spend your day helping other people who need it.
Service is defined as “an act of a helpful activity; help; aid.” There is no limit to how much you can help someone. Our service men and women on active duty are constantly engaging in this act. Not only must we remember this on MLK Day, but we must also give back to our own communities. Our service men and women give back every day, without a day off.
This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, ask yourself, what are you doing to help others?
In commemoration of MLK Day as an Annual Day of Service, here’s how we at HHS are giving back.
Boston: Event will have two shifts, engaging a total of 400 volunteers of all ages in portable volunteering projects that will benefit 1,000 children served by several Boston-area partners. Volunteers will build and paint/stain 50 beds for toddlers, assemble 500 math flash card kits to improve elementary school student learning, create and assemble arts and crafts kits, create 120 lap desks for youth, sew hand-decorated quilts, and create bedtime kits for children.
Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center (site of AmeriCorps Opening Day)
1350 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120
Monday, January 20th, 2014: Shift 1 starting at 10 a.m.; Shift 2 begins at 1:30 p.m.
Cambridge: 4th Annual Cambridge MLK Day of Service. Participate in hands on service projects that will touch the lives of thousands of people in need in Cambridge and Somerville. Volunteers will make fleece scarves and blankets for homeless children, teens and adults, make Valentines for shut-in elders and veterans, make activity kits for kids waiting in hospital emergency rooms, make bookmarks for children and adults in literacy programs, and sort donated food, children’s books, winter clothing and toiletries. Organizers are asking volunteers to bring a can of food, a children’s book or a gently used item of winter clothing.
Central Square – City Hall and Cambridge Senior Center
95 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Lynn: These projects are being supported by the Lynn Coalition for MLK, Jr. Service Day. This is our 3rd annual event! Funding is provided through volunteer and financial support of Coalition organizations, and through grants from the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Spinney Mudge Fund of the Greater Lynn Unitarian Church.
Girls Inc. of Lynn, 50 High St, Lynn, MA 01902
January 21st from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
New Bedford: We’ll process, inspect, clean and package “tons” of donations of “gently-used” children’s things; clothes, books, toys, baby safety items and household goods and turn them into thousands of gift-packages for local children in-need.
The GiftsToGive Mill, 21 Cove Street, New Bedford, MA 02744
Monday January 20, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Worcester: Staff and participants of our DYS Community Service Program will organize, prepare and deliver “Healthy Y.O.U.!” afterschool snack packages to approximately 1270 students at a total of three elementary schools in Worcester, Fitchburg, and Webster – the host sites of our DYS Community Service programs. This kick-off day will include an opening ceremony and speaker from the local community, and an “assembly line” production of the Healthy Y.O.U.! bags.
Worcester DYS offices, located at the First Assembly of God Church in Worcester
30 Tyler Prentice Road, Worcester, MA 01605
January 20, 2014, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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