MLK Day is a Day on, not a Day off. Sign up for one of these awesome service opportunities. Be sure to wear AmeriCorps gear and connect with other Alums and current members at one of these great projects.
Service Opportunity # 1: Boston Cares and the City of Boston at The Curley School in Jamaica Plain
Background: On Monday, January 16th, 2012 Boston Cares partnered with the City of Boston, will be celebrating the life and legacy of MLK Jr. through various volunteer service opportunities. We will gather at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain and we ask that individuals, families, troops, clubs and other groups come out and help us honor MLK Jr. and make a positive difference in our community! Participants will be able to engage in different activities, like making scarves and decorating quilt squares, that will be benefiting agencies throughout the Boston Metro area, all the while learning more about various struggles for civil rights in America’s history. There will be a variety of different projects and a variety of people coming together to serve their communities and celebrate their differences.
This is a family friendly event, with two different shifts of service times to make volunteering flexible and fun! Space is limited so sign up soon! Please RSVP for a timeslot through the links below:
- Service Projects Session 1: 10:00am-Noon
- Special New Volunteer Orientation Session 1: Noon-12:30pm
- Service Projects Session 2: 1:30pm-3:30pm
- Special New Volunteer Orientation Session 2: 3:30pm-4:00pm
- Additionally, Boston Cares will be offering a special screening of the independent film Daisy Bates. Click here to read a description of the film. Logistics are still being coordinated but the tentative plan is that the screening will be offered during lunch.
Service Opportunity # 2: Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries with Brandeis University serving many community-based programs throughout Waltham and Brighton
Background: Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM) is the greater Boston area’s oldest interfaith social justice network. Founded in 1966 by faith communities to address poverty, housing, and racial justice in Boston and to link urban and suburban congregations in just, transformative partnerships, CMM has tackled the most pressing issues facing our communities for 42 years, working to build Dr. King’s vision of Beloved Community for all citizens. Service will include direct service work with Waltham area youth programs, clearing neighborhood parks and playgrounds, rehabbing facilities of new immigrant agencies and service meals to homeless persons. The Day of Service will also include a community meal where volunteers participate in reflection on the life and teachings of Dr. King.
Date: Monday, January 16, 2012.
Time: The Day of Service starts with people gathering for registration and dialogue at 1PM. Volunteer service on campus and around greater-Boston will be from 2:30-4:30. From 5PM-6PM we will serve dinner and there will be time for reflection. from 6:30-8PM we will have the Brandeis Annual King Day Celebration with Rev. Liz Walker, music, spoken word, and much more!
Main Location: Brandeis University, 415 South St. Waltham MA (Upper Campus). We will have various projects and service work going on through groups at Brandeis.
Sub-sites: Volunteers will be bussed to sites off-campus. Those sites include Cradles to Crayons (155 North Beacon Street, Brighton, MA 02135), Community Day Center of Waltham (34 Alder Street, Waltham, MA 02454), Temple Beth Israel (25 Harvard St, Waltham, MA 02454), the Christ Church Waltham food pantry (750 Main St # 1, Waltham, MA), Home Suites Motel for the homeless (455 Totten Pond Rd, Waltham, MA 02451), and others.
Register here: http://mlkdayofinterfaithservice2012.eventbrite.com.
Service Opportunity # 3: Northeastern University and Massachusetts Promise Fellowship featuring service projects and leadership development workshops
Date: January 16, 2012
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Event starts with a program kick-off with keynote speakers and youth-led activities and then all volunteers will be split into groups and will rotate through a schedule of service projects and leadership development workshops. The day will end with a full-group reflection activity.
Service Projects will include:
Painting murals with the NU Mural Club that will hang in the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club and Patrick Kennedy Elementary School
Decorating Book Folders for Generations Incorporated
Planting produce with the NEU Sustainable Service Committee
Workshops will be facilitated by representatives from:
Peace Through Play (NEU Student Organization)
The Food Project Youth Interns
Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Non-Profit Leadership Institute
To receive more details and volunteer, contact Andrew Olson at A.Olson@neu.edu.