Lynn Coalition Puts Citizenship and Service in Action

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Volunteers will paint, clean, collect, arrange, sort as part of MLK Day

The Lynn Coalition for MLK, Jr. Day of Service will lead as many as 200 volunteers from Lynn and other North Shore areas in numerous in volunteer service projects to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. Our residents will joined by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country on this national day of service.

“We will answer Dr. King’s call to serve and make a difference in the lives Lynn residents,” said Mary Trahan, President of the Lynn Community Association and co-chair of the Lynn Coalition (together with Cassandra Foley of Girls Inc.). “A resourceful way to meet local needs, volunteer service is a powerful tool that builds strong communities. We are putting the core American principles of citizenship and service into action.”

This will mark the 3rd year of the Lynn Coalition for MLK, Jr. Service Day, which has grown every year. The 2014 event is planned and organized by a committee made up of staff and volunteers of the Lynn Community Association, Girls Inc. of Lynn, Lynn Mass in Motion, LYSOA, Inc., The Food Project, RAW Art Works, Communities that Care, and Social Capital, Inc.

Projects this year will accommodate volunteers from age 3 to infinity. Among the numerous projects are painting at the Grand Army of the Republic Museum (GAR); service for lunch at My Brother’s Table, two workshops on becoming a personal “center for non-violent change”; work on the teen room at the Lynn Public Library; collecting food and toiletries at three local groceries—Shaw’s, Stop & Shop, and Compare—and Walmart; sorting and compiling hygiene kits for newcomers to My Brother’s Table and the Lynn Shelter; collecting gently used and new outerwear items for Lynn’s homeless; general cleanup at Girls Inc. of Lynn; education for children on the purpose of MLK, Jr. Day of Service, including a short movie and distribution of free books on the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and creating original art Valentine’s cards for Lynn seniors at Lynn Housing and Neighborhood Development and Lynn Senior Center.

Anyone interested in volunteering can register online at www.LynnMLKDay.org or through the website, you Generate Volunteers (www.massvolunteers.org).   All volunteer projects will be completed on Monday, January 20th, with sign-in at the Girls Inc. building at 50 High Street in Lynn at least 15-30 minutes prior to volunteers’ chosen “shift of service”. A brief orientation and continental breakfast will be provided for the morning volunteers, and orientation/lunch will be served for afternoon volunteers.

The 2014 Lynn Coalition for MLK, Jr. Service Day is partially funded through grants from the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Spinney Mudge Fund of the Greater Lynn Unitarian Universalist Church. The MLK Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides –throughout the year. National Days of Service provide each of us with an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to tackle community challenges and strengthen the nation.

 


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