“Are you working on your New Year’s resolutions yet? Consider getting more involved in the community! There are many rewards in volunteering and getting out and knowing your neighbors: making new friends; ending loneliness and feelings of being isolated; making noticeable differences in your community; feeling that you are worthwhile; learning new skills; and knowing you’ve made life better for someone else. And doing something is much better than doing nothing!”
Several community organizations have formed a Lynn Coalition to provide volunteer services on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and are planning their 2nd year. The holiday falls on Monday, January 21st in 2013, and the focus is “to make it a day on, not a day off”.
Lynn Community Association, Girls Inc., Coalition that Cares (CTC), Social Capital, Inc., RAW Arts, Circle of Nations, and The Food Project already have been working for several months to identify service projects, and have been successful in obtaining a grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance to help purchase supplies for the 2013 event. Currently, the coalition is solidifying projects and has begun accepting volunteer registrations. A volunteer force of about 100 strong is anticipated! There will be two shifts, one morning and one afternoon, or full-day participation. Volunteers will get to network and enjoy a pizza party at Girls, Inc. at the end of each shift.
If you are interested in participating, visit the registration website, www.LynnMLKDay.org, to complete your sign-up, and get a warm, fuzzy feeling to carry you through the holidays! Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by either a parent/guardian or work together in an organized team with a responsible adult team leader. Anyone without internet access can call 781-592-9744, extension 243, to sign up.