Monday January 18th, 2010 and throughout that week…
Initiated by Congress in 1994, King Day of Service builds on that legacy by transforming the federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice. The aim is to make the holiday a day ON, where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the â€œBeloved Communityâ€ that Dr. King envisioned.
UlsterCorps is compiling a list of open houses, volunteer training sessions, and other service events. Please RSVP or email us if you can help so we know how many volunteers to expect and can make sure everyone’s time is well spent.
SERVICE EVENTS FOR JANUARY 18TH
UlsterCorps Open House + Winter Wish List Drive
Monday January 18th, 10am-3pm, 292 Main Street, Rosendale. 481-0331. Map.
Please join us for a special National Service Day Open House at our new Storefront for Service in Rosendale. Stop by to meet others dedicated to serving our community and learn about upcoming events, long and short term volunteer opportunities best suited to your availability, interests and skillsets, and how you can help. If possible please bring an item from the wish lists posted here. We will also be collecting items for Haiti Earthquake Relief the morning of January 18th. RSVP or More info.
Monday January 18th, 254 Washington Avenue, Kingston . Map
Volunteers needed to help preparing and serving meals at each of three shifts â€“ 7-9am, 11am-1pm, and 4-6pm. Additional teams of 6-10 volunteers needed for two shifts for a post-Holiday cleanup, 9:30-11:30am and 11:30am-1:30pm. Projects include cleaning out a storage area, cataloging contents, putting items away and creating an office. RSVP or more info.
Rosendale Food Pantry
Monday January 18th, 9am-1pm, 45 James Street, Rosendale, 658-9385
The Rosendale Food Pantry will be open from 9am-1pm Martin Luther King Jr National Service Day. Stop by to drop off a donation from their wish list or to get more information about volunteering. The pantry is currently seeking three new long-term volunteers. RSVP or More info.
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
Monday January 18th, 2010, 11am-5pm
35 Van Wagner, Willow, NY (7.2 miles west on 212 from Woodstock). Map. 679-5955.
Volunteers of all ages needed to assist with a Mid Winter Cleaning at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. We’ll be cleaning our two biggest barns, the pig barn and the goat and sheep barn, and hanging out with residents of these and other barns. The event is very family friendly – but please let us know the number of adults and children in your group. All children must be supervised by an adult. RSVP or More info.
Pine Hill Area Community Supper and Food Giveaway
Monday January 18th, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm; Free.
Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main Street, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Map
Occurs every 2 weeks on Monday. All are welcome to the community meal; take home food if you need it, no questions asked. Potential volunteers can contact Eve or David Smith at 845-254-5304. RSVP or More info.
SERVICE EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
RSVP â€œItems of Warmthâ€ collection/
SUNY Ulster Continuing Education Open House
The cold winter months can be a difficult time for many of our friends and neighbors. As part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service 2010, RSVP will gather items such as coats, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, etc. for all ages. From now until January 14th you may drop off your new or gently used items to the RSVP offices at the Business Resource Center, just off Ulster Avenue, 1 Development Court, Kingston, NY. More info.
UCSPCA New Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, Jan. 14 from 5 â€“ 6:15PM.
at the UCSPCA Shelter, 20 Wiedy Road, Kingston, NY
An overview of the Ulster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Shelterâ€™s mission and how you can help, working with cats and dogs and other animals in need. Topics include a tour of the Shelter, dog-walking for shelter dogs, humane education and school programs, and fundraising event planning. For more information, contact Sue Kivel, Coordinator of volunteers, UCSPCA, 845-331-5377. More info or RSVP.
Saturday, January 16, 2010, 10am-2pm, Hasbrouck Park, Kingston
In honor of MLK Day of Service, The City of Kingston, Kingston School District, and Friends of Forsyth Nature Center will be hosting it’s annual Winterfest on January 16, 2010. The highlight of the event will be the chipping of almost 2,000 City of Kingston Christmas trees, of which the mulch will be used in the 2010 Learn and Serve America School Garden Program. This mulch will be used to help schools plant food for those in need in our community. Winterfest will take place on January 16th, 2010, from 10am-2pm at Hasbrouck Park in Kingston, NY. This event will also feature free snowshoeing, children’s crafts, snow-related activities and great food. In order to mulch 2,000 trees we need at least 30 volunteers and can range from 6 years-90! For more information, you can Call Kingston’s Learn and Serve America Program Coordinator at 845-331-1682, ext 7336. More info | Map | RSVP
Habitat for Humanity, Newburgh
Saturday, January 16, 8:00am – 1:00pm
152 Washington Street, Newburgh will be a new home for a local, working family in need at the former site of “Big Mamma’s Soul Food Kitchen”, which had been abandoned and boarded up for over 20 years. Individuals and groups are welcome, but if your group has 5 or more people, please call the office beforehand at (845) 568-6035 x102. More info.
Ulster Red Cross Blood Drives
Highland Hose Company 1/31, January 15th 1:00 PM â€“ 6:00 PM, 25 Milton Ave. Highland
St John Church Jan 23, 7:30 AM â€“ 12:30 PM, 12 Holly Hills Drive, Woodstock, NY
More info/Drives or RSVP
Caring Hands Soup Kitchen
Tuesday-Friday January 19th-22nd, 10am-1pm
Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, 122 Clinton Avenue, Kingston
The soup kitchen is closed Monday in honor of MLK Day, but volunteers are needed throughout the week and beyond to help serve lunch weekdays. Please arrive at 10am; meals are served at noon and clean-up is completed by 1pm. 331-7188.
RELATED KING DAY CELEBRATIONS & VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION EVENTS
Making A World of Difference
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program,
Ministersâ€™ Alliance of Ulster County
Sunday, January 17, 2010, 4:00pm
at the Pointe of Praise Family Life Center, 243 Hurley Ave., Kingston
This year, we have recognized four community residents (one posthumously) for our Community Achievers Awards. We believe they reflect the spirit of Dr. Kingâ€™s efforts. They are: William R. Vincent (deceased), scientist, philanthropist; Elder Donald O. Waters, Sr., prison evangelist; Carleton Mabee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Hudson Valley historian; and Dr. Paula C. Childs, founder, The Kingâ€™s Kids Early Childhood Development Center. Our keynote speaker will be Rev. Faye Taylor Banks, pastor, St. Markâ€™s AME Church, Kingston. More info.
Monday, January 18, 2010 – 11:30 a.m. Hillside Manor, Rt. 32 – Kingston, NY
Tickets $40. Proceeds will benefit the King’s Kids Community Program & the King’s Kids Early Child Development Center. Call Paula at 331-7763 for tickets. More info.
JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
A Benefit Concert for SAVE THEM NOW
Monday, January 18th, 3 pm
Featuring Kim and Reggie Harris, Rabbi Jonathan Kliger, special guest Pete Seeger; Bill and Livia Vanaver and the Caravan Kids. At Pointe of Praise Family Life Center, 243 Hurley Ave, Kingston. Volunteers needed 12-3pm for setup, selling tickets, ushering, and crowd control, and to help out with clean-up after the concert. If you can help please contact Patrice at 914-388-7412. For donations and passes (advance strongly advised), contact: Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Sandi Armstrong, 845 679-2218; New Progressive Baptist Church, Rita Worthington, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ulster County Religious Council, Bob Cohen, email@example.com, Pointe of Praise Family Life Center, Administration Office, 845 339-4615; $10 suggested minimum donation; checks made payable to Save Them Now. More info or RSVP.
Agencies please post your MLK Day volunteer needs in the comments below or email us.