Volunteers organizing for 4th Annual Lynn Coalition for MLK, Jr. Service Day.

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Lynn Coalition for 2015 MLK, Jr. Service Day Mobilizes Area Residents to Serve on King Holiday

From the Lynn Coalition for 2015 MLK, Jr. Service Day –

Hundreds of Lynn and North Shore residents will step up to serve as volunteers on the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Volunteers will paint, sew, make valentines, package 500 toiletry kits for homeless persons, serve meals to homeless persons, visit nursing homes, collect food items, clean and organize service agencies, distribute children’s MLK, Jr. books, staff basketball clinics, and teach Dr. King’s message, as they join hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country in volunteer service.

The Lynn Coalition has planned a day of service that will leverage the strength of local citizens to help tackle local problems and advance King’s dream of opportunity for all. The Coalition is co-chaired by Cassandra Foley of Girls Inc. and Mary Trahan of Lynn Community Association. LYSOA (Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy) is the 2015 fiscal sponsor. The Coalition is a partnership of Lynn Community Association, Girls Inc., LYSOA, Grace United Methodist Church, Communities that Care, United Way of Merrimac Valley, The Food Project, Social Capital, Inc., LaVida, Lynn Food and Fitness, and Centerboard. Support for the projects are provided through these organizations as well as the Massachusetts Service Alliance, Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn’s Spinney Mudge fund, the Lynn United Methodist Cluster Ministries, The Daily Item/Itemlive, Zimman’s Fabrics, LynnCam TV, and the State’s YouGenerate Volunteers program.

The annual event honors Dr. King’s legacy and is an opportunity for locals to renew their own personal vows of citizenship through service to others. 2015 is the first year childcare has been offered for volunteers. Children who are potty-trained through age 7 can receive childcare at Girls, Inc., 50 High Street, during the hours of their parents’ volunteer shift.

Several projects will be conducted at the Girls Inc. facility at 50 High Street in Lynn, including making valentines for homeless veterans, senior citizens in Lynn Housing and at the Lynn Senior Center, distributing books about MLK, Jr. to children at various early reading levels, making bookmarkers for Lynn library patrons with MLK teachings, packing toiletry kits for homeless vets and Lynn Shelter residents, cleanup at Girls Inc., and sewing a variety of items such as scarves, blankets, and totes. Outside projects include Lynn Public Library, My Brother’s Table, Lynn Shelter Association, Life Care Center of the North Shore, Phillips Manor Nursing Home, Abbott House, collection sites at Stop and Shop Lynn on Washington Street, Compare Supermarket on Adams St., Shaw’s Supermarket on Market Street, as well as a Hoops & Dreams event at Lynn YMCA.

There will be two shifts for volunteers. Volunteers should arrive 30 minutes to an hour prior to their shifts for check-in and to enjoy refreshments.

1st Shift: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2nd Shift: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Doors open at 9:00 a.m. for check-in and breakfast; lunch will be served for 2nd shift prior to their shift between noon and 1 p.m.; lunch for 1st shift will be served after the shift from 1 pm to 2 pm.

Doors close at 4:15 p.m.

TO REGISTER: Visit the Lynn MLK Day site at www.lynnmlkday.org. We ask that volunteers pre-register if possible to allow us to better plan for food and project supplies, and to allow volunteers to dress appropriately for the project(s) they choose to work on. Walk-ins will also be welcome.

The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual MLK Day of Service, working with the King Center in Atlanta and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide. For further information about the MLK Day of Service and what’s taking place across the country, visit MLKDay.gov.

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