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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2015


On January 19, 2015, our 13 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service grantees will recruit and support thousands of volunteers across all regions of the Commonwealth in efforts to lift up their neighbors and strengthen the social fabric of the community.  This year MSA has partnered with a number of youth serving agencies and others have pledged to conduct service projects benefitting the youth in their community.  Please help MSA and our partners honor the MLK Day of Service and make sure that this remains a Day ON and not a Day OFF!

Find a project near YOU!


Boston Cares Inc.
Where:  Madison Park High School, 75 Malcolm X Boulevard, Boston, MA 02120
When:  January 19, 2015, 10:00am – 1:00pm (new volunteer orientation at 1:30pm for those interested)
Project Summary:  On MLK Day 2015, Boston Cares will partner with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Target, and others to engage 700 volunteers of all ages, at Madison Park High School.  “I have a dream”, projects will benefit 1,200 children and seniors, with special focus on supporting youth through healthy bedtime activities and getting a good nights’ sleep.  Volunteers will launch stage two of the Bed Project, building beds for children transitioning from shelters to housing.  Other projects are building lap desks that kids can work on while in bed, crafting bedtime journals for kids to write their thoughts, and dream catchers to hang by the bed for inspiration.  New this year will be a Family Zone organized in partnership with Play Works Massachusetts.  Here, young children will make Valentines for homebound seniors; learn about Dr. King’s messages of peace and unity; and engage in group activities that promote inclusion.
Contact:  Kirsten Alexander, 617-422-0910 x210, kalexander@bostoncares.org

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc.
Where:  Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 38 Ash Street, Boston, MA 02111
When:  January 19, 2015, 9:00 – 3:00
Project Summary:  Chinatown holds a historical significance in the city of Boston and it is important that the community remains well preserved. With all the businesses and residential buildings and heavy foot traffic, a consistent challenge in the community is littering and trash maintenance. By having youth and adults commit to a day of service where they participate in community clean-up efforts in Chinatown, participants will have an increased awareness and ownership of their community and feel empowered to contribute positive change in the community.  The objective of the Chinatown Clean-Up Project is for youth and adults to gain an increased awareness and ownership of the community of Chinatown.
Contact:  Ellen Wang, 617-635-5129, ellen.wayng@bcnc.net
Register:  Ellen Wang ellen.wang@bcnc.netor Sandra Lee Sandra.lee@bncnc.net

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Where:  Brandeis University, Kutz Hall, 415 South Street, Waltham; Solutions at Work, 391 Evereteve Way, Cambridge
When:  January 19, 2015, 10:00 – 3:30
Project Summary:  This program features two locations: 1) Brandeis University, and 2) Cambridge (Solutions at Work). Each site is designed to work with and bring together our diverse CMM community.  We anticipate that each site will feature interfaith cooperation by young people engaged in service and learning. Approximately 250 high school and college students will come together for a meal packing program and educational justice-oriented fair at Brandeis on January 19. That same day about 50 young and older people will work together with the Mass. Coalition for the Homeless to assemble winter clothing to be distributed by the Mass. Coalition and Solutions at Work. Volunteers will be invited to an educational justice-oriented ?fair? at Brandeis, organized by Brandeis students and high school leaders from Youth LEAD Sharon and Brockton, to reflect on the service and educational pieces of the day and in light of the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Contact:  Karin Firoza, kfiroza@gmail.comor Keri Saunders O'Brien, kerisaundersobrien@coopmet.org

Houghs Neck Community Center
Where:  Houghs Neck Community Center,1193 Sea Street, Quincy, MA 02169
When:  January 19, 2015, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Project Summary:  The Houghs Neck Community Center, in the midst of a new five year strategic plan, is delighted to open its doors for its first ever service day on January 19th, 2015. Volunteers will participate in projects including: 1) Providing appropriate winter weather apparel for families living in poverty; 2) Sending supportive letters from youth to deployed soldiers; 3) Offering intergenerational social connectedness by empowering kids to produce valentines for seniors; 4)  Supporting students in learning basic math skills by producing addition and multiplication flash cards; and 5) Fostering youth financial literacy and philanthropy with a take home “donation bank.”
Contact: Zoe Antonopoulos, 617-835-2749, zantonopoulo@gmail.com

Where: MissionSAFE, 10 Green Street, Charlestown MA 02129
When:  January 19, 2015, 10:00am-3:00pm
Project Summary:  MissionSafe will lead youth and volunteers in a service project to clean and beautify 3 outdoor spaces near the Bunker Hill Public Housing Project in Charlestown, including a playground.  The day will begin with crews doing Community Clean-up in Charlestown.  This work will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 12:30.  At noon, the youth participants will return to MissionSAFE where they will de-brief their experience, do introductory icebreakers and then engage in a pre-planned program of poetry and interactive skits that relate to issues of social justice and human rights
Contact:  Nikki Flionis, 617-592-7608, nikki.flionis@missionsafe.org
Registerinfo@missionsafe.org and include “MLK Volunteer” in subject line

Social Capital Inc.
Where:   Franklin Park Golf Course Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester, MA 02121
When:  January 19, 2015, 10:00am – 3:30pm
Project Summary:  On Martin Luther King Day 2015, Social Capital Inc. will host a volunteer service learning event in Franklin Park.  We will work closely with the Franklin Park Coalition’s SCI AmeriCorps member, and their Executive Director, Christine Poff.  The volunteers will work on woodlands restoration by cleaning the park and removing invasive species that are harming the trees.  Following the day of service, participants will have a bagged lunch in the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse while reflecting on the day’s service, the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, and the connection between the two.   Working with various community partners,  we will recruit a diverse group of community volunteers, including youth and adults.  In addition, we will provide resources- such as a pamphlet with ongoing volunteer opportunities and resources and our AmeriCorps-run community web portals - for future opportunities for continued community involvement.
Contact:  Leah Mulrenan, 781-935-2244 lmulrenan@socialcapitalinc.org

Sociedad Latina
Where:  Mission Church Parish Center, 1545 Tremont Street, Mission Hill, MA 02120
When:  January 19, 2015, 10:00am – 3:30pm
Project Summary:  Join Sociedad Latina for a Day of Service celebrating Martin Luther King Jr's legacy! Volunteers will learn about immigration rights and create traditional Latin American art pieces that will be displayed across Boston. Activities will include letter and holiday card-writing to recent immigrants and seniors. Lunch will be provided.
Contact:  Juan Maldonado, 617-442-4299, juan@sociedadlatina.org
Register:  Email info@sociedadlatina.orgto RSVP.



Emmaus Inc.
Where:  Trinity Episcopal Church, 26 White Street, Haverhill, MA 01830
When:  January 19, 2015, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Project Summary:  Since 1985, Emmaus has been working towards our mission of helping people rebuild their lives.  Our programs span emergency shelters, affordable housing, homelessness prevention, housing stabilization services, and education and job training to help people overcome barriers and achieve success.  Emmaus is strongly committed to community outreach, and we involve over 500 volunteers in our programs each year.  This year, Emmaus is seeking 80 volunteers to participate in a service project to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  On MLK Day 2015, Emmaus plans to hold a community resource fair and nutritious meal to help local families access valuable health and wellness resources so that parents and their children can lead better lives.  In order to make this day a success, Emmaus is requesting support in the amount of $4,500 from the Massachusetts Service Alliance.
Register:  http://tinyurl.com/emmausmlk2015

Where:  Girls, Inc., 50 High Street, Lynn, MA
When:  January 19, 2015, 9:00am (morning and afternoon shifts available)
Project Summary:  Volunteers will participate in a number of activities throughout the community including clean-up and beautification projects at local shelters, serving lunch at day centers, writing letters and making valentines for isolated seniors,  making baby blankets for low-income families, distributing books to local children in need, sorting and distributing toiletries and hygiene kits to veterans organizations, and many more.  
Contact:  Mary Trahan, 781-342-0580, lysoainc@gmail.com

YMCA of Metro North
Where:  Lynn YMCA, 20 Neptune Blvd, Lynn, MA
When:  January 19, 2015, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Project Summary:  Y Branch locations in Lynn, Saugus, Peabody and Melrose will host an open to the community event from 10am-3pm on 1/19/15.  The activities will focus on Youth Development & Social Responsibility which are developmentally appropriate for youth ages of 5-14.  Volunteer coaches and staff will host basketball clinics and tournaments for each age grouping with the message of Healthy Living and "fun fast facts" regarding Martin Luther King.  All the Branches will be open to the community that day with resource agencies from each distinct community with activities for adults, that also emulate the Social Justice, Civic Responsibility and Healthy Living messages and mission of the Y.  At the day's culmination, all volunteers will be recognized and celebrated with Healthy Foods and awards for their service.
Contact:  Wanttha Simm at wsim@metronorthymca.orgor  781-581-3105
Register:  Email wsim@metronorthymca.org


Fitchburg State University Foundation, Inc.
Where:  Knights of Columbus Leominster #406, 484 Lancaster Street, Leominster MA 
When:  January 19, 2015, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Project Summary:  In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Fitchburg State University Upward Bound Program, on behalf of the Fitchburg State University Foundation Inc., and LUK, Inc. propose to engage volunteers in a day of service and volunteerism. Activities will include a Clothing Drive for local homeless families, sorting and creating a clothing store for low-income families to shop, and culminating in a Community Brunch celebrating the legacy of MLK with a prominent guest speaker. Sustainability for the event will be provided by continuing the clothing drive for, and connecting clients to, area community closets.
Contact:  Jenn at Upward Bound:  978-665-3439
Register:  Jenn at Upward Bound:  978-665-3439


Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
Where:  Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts,  Church Street Center, 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247
When:  January 19, 2015, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Project Summary:  Since 1994, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has supported the organization of a special event to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Committee has convened each year to plan an event based upon input from community residents, local schools and colleges, faith institutions and other local organizations.  In the 21 years we have planned this special day, we have engaged thousands of students and community residents in a memorable day of service and recognition.  We are now at the point where  people impacted by this day in years past are bringing their children or grandchildren to participate.  For 2015, the MLK Day of Service Committee anticipates another Community Day of Service responding to five community needs:  construction, food security, clothing, community betterment, luncheon/program. The Project Manager will recruit volunteers from across the northern Berkshires including two local colleges.
Contact:  Lois Daunis, 413-663-7588, ldaunis@nbccoalition.org


Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod
When:  January 19, 2015, 8:30am – 12:00pm
Where:  458 Main Street, Dennis
Project Summary:  Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod (ACC) is hosting the 2015 Martin Luther King Day community service project "Bridging the Hunger Gap" which will help alleviate hunger for 200 under-served youth participating in federally assisted meal benefit programs throughout the Barnstable and Mashpee School Districts. The project will collaborate with YMCA Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension to package 200 meal-bags in preparation for the districts' non-covered February winter break and deliver health and wellness education to participating community volunteers by engaging them in a day of direct service and service-learning activities that honor and reflect the values and teachings of Doctor Martin Luther King.
Contact:  Brittany Quaglieri, 508-375-6863, brittany.quaglieri@barnstablecounty.org



Initiated by Congress in 1994, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a nationwide effort to transform the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. into a day of community service in order to help solve our nation’s critical issues. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. To learn more about this National Day of Service,  visit www.mlkday.gov.

For more information about the MLK Day of Service, please contact:
Shana Lothrop
Program Officer for Volunteer Initiatives
617-542-2544 x214

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