Thank you so much to everyone who helped out with our Serve Together launch and at agencies throughout Ulster County this MLK National Day of Service and throughout the year!! Special thanks to the volunteers from Rondout HS and New Visions!
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
January 17, 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service.
UlsterCorps will launch it’s new ‘Serve Together‘ program on and during the MLK National Service week with a series of open houses, volunteer training sessions, and other service events. A range of volunteer events are planned for Monday, Jan. 17th through Jan. 23rd. UlsterCorps is commemorating Dr. King’s vision for empowering individuals, strengthening communities, bridging barriers, and creating solutions to the challenges of our community like hunger, homelessness and joblessness with its planned events.Serve Together Launch –
Volunteer Day at RVAA + After-Party at Jack & Luna’s Cafe
Come out to Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption between 12pm-6pm, Mon. Jan. 17th, learn about the important work they do, and lend a hand in the shelter. RVAA welcomes volunteers of all ages, especially families. The shelter is at 4628 Rt. 209, Accord, NY, 687-7619 (Map). From 4pm-5:30pm that same day, volunteers will gather for an UlsterCorps volunteer party at Jack & Lunaâ€™s Cafe with live music and all the cafe’s offerings. Jack & Luna’s is located at 3928 Main Street in Stone Ridge, NY. For more information, please call 845-481-0331. RSVP
The MLK Day animal shelter volunteer day and after-party is the first in a series of regular UlsterCorps events, featuring a different agency and local venue each month.
Other UlsterCorps volunteer activities during MLK week:Queens Galley Soup Kitchen
Monday January 17th, 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. 338-3468, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosendale Food Pantry
Monday January 17th, 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.
UCSPCA New Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, Jan. 13 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.
Caring Hands Soup Kitchen
Tuesday-Friday January 18th-21st, 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.
Kingston City Gardens Coalition Meeting
Calling all volunteers interested in working on community and school gardens! The Kingston City Gardens Coalition is holding its first meeting of 2011 on Wednesday, January 19, at 6 p.m., at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County offices located at 10 Westbrook Lane, Kingston, N.Y. More info/RSVP
Ulster Literacy Tutor Training Workshop
Jan. 20 2011 Orientation, Jan. 22 Day 1, Jan. 29 Day 2, Feb. 5 Day 3
More info or call 331-6837.
RELATED KING DAY CELEBRATIONS & VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION EVENTS
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Community Achievement Program”
Ministersâ€™ Alliance of Ulster County , Reverend Dr. G. Modele Clarke
Sunday, January 16, 2011, 4pm
Pointe of Praise Family Life Center, 243 Hurley Avenue, Kingston (845) 339-4615
The event will feature guest speaker Dr. Larry Spruill and honor individuals who demonstrate Dr. Kingâ€™s dedication to being of service to others.
21st Annual Birthday Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One World One Voice
Sunday, January 16, 2011, 2:00 pm 845 679-5884
Place: Woodstock Community Center, Rock City Road, Woodstock
Sponsors: The Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, The Haitian People’s Support Project and The Town of Woodstock
Eighteenth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. â€œBuilding for the Childrenâ€ Commemorative Luncheon
Honoring â€œHeroes in Our Backyardâ€ Keith J. Bennett, Chris Farrell, LCSW; and Ardrea Lambeth-Smith, Ed.D.
Monday, January 17, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. Hillside Manor- Route 32- Kingston
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