Volunteers Are Organizing 2016’s MLK, Jr. Service Day

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January 18th, 2016
10:30am to 1:30pm
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. at Girls Inc., 50 High Street, for check-in and breakfast; lunch will be served for volunteers 1 pm to 2 pm.

Hundreds of Lynn and North Shore residents will step up to serve as volunteers on the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday Monday, January 18th.

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., Outside projects include lunch service at My Brother’s Table, Lynn Shelter Association, Life Care Center of the North Shore, Abbott House, food 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.

To register as a volunteer, 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 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 chaired by Mary Trahan of Lynn Community Association and is a partnership of Lynn Community Association, Girls Inc., LYSOA, Grace United Methodist Church, Communities that Care, United Way of Merrimac Valley,  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, and the State’s Connect & Serve Volunteers program.

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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