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.
January 21, 2013 will mark the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.
Ulster County MLK Day of Service 2013
The Ulster County Human Rights Commission is encouraging the citizens of Ulster County to honor the legacy of Dr. King by distributing toiletries, paper products, disposable diapers, and other basic needs items which cannot be purchased with food stamps at one of the following drop-off locations.
Helping Hands of NY
Drop off for MLK Day of Service on January 21, 2013
17 Bridge St, Phoenica
Pointe of Praise Family Worship Center
Drop off for MLK Day of Service on Sunday, January 20, 2013
243 Hurley Ave, Kingston
In the lobby from 11am-3pm
Praise Dominion Family Worship Center
Drop off for MLK Day of Service
on Sunday, January 20, 2013
21 Canal St, Ellenville
from 1am -4pm
Donated items will be distributed to the agencies which provide resources for those in need.
Bard’s 3rd Annual Civic Engagement Day
Saturday, January 19th, 2013
Bard’s 3rd Annual Civic Engagement Day is scheduled to coincide with the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 21st, 2013, and every Bard first-year will partake in the event. The goal is to work with community partners to engage pressing societal needs related to issues of poverty, sustainability, education, and senior citizens. We hope that first-years will learn something about themselves and about the surrounding community- something that we hope encourages them to regularly connect deeply with that community. Agencies, If you are interested in having a group of Bard volunteers come on January 19th, please contact Yasho-Victoria Singh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Creative Education Maker Meet Up
Saturday. Jan. 19, 2013, 12pm – 3pm
Center for Creative Education
15 Railroad Ave., Kingston, 12401
Kids 5-14 (and kids at heart!) come and explore arts, crafts, science and tech creation stations in this one of a kind festival of fabrication and fun! Come celebrate the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with UlsterCorps, Bard Citizen Science volunteers, area artists and educators—all on hand to guide kids as they design, create, build and problem-solve through super fun activities. Suggested donation: $3. For more info contact CCE Education Director Stephen Gilman at 845-399-9300 or email@example.com. More info.
Scenic Hudson’s School’s Out Winter Fun Day
Esopus Meadows Preserve
257 River Road, Ulster Park New York 12487
Monday, 2013, January 21 – 10:00am to 1:00pm
Banish cabin fever by letting your kids do something fun, free—and good for them—on their day off. Scenic Hudson will offer outdoor crafts and guided snowshoe treks as well as tips on building snow shelters. Children also can try out a Hammerhead Sled and Tubbs Snowshoes (courtesy of Mountain Tops Outdoors) or lace up their ice skates and take a spin around a small pond. Bring lunch and wear weather-appropriate clothing (including boots, gaiters or snowpants). Also bring snowshoes, a sled and ice skates, if available. No pets please. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
QUESTIONS OR TO RSVP? Contact Scenic Hudson Parks Event and Volunteer Coordinator Anthony Coneski: firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-473-4440 x273. More info.
Queens Galley Soup Kitchen
Monday January 21st, 2013, 7am -9:30am or 3pm -7pm.
254 Washington Avenue, Kingston
Volunteers needed to help prepare, serve and clean for our breakfast and dinner shifts.
(845) 338-3468 or email@example.com
Rosendale Food Pantry
Monday January 21st, 2013, 9am-1pm
45 James Street, Rosendale, 399-7997
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.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh
January 21, 2013 8 AM – 1 PM
All are welcome to volunteer (age 16+); there will be tasks for all experience levels.
Register on Volunteer Hub, then meet up in our headquarters (around 7:45 a.m.) at 125 Washington Street in Newburgh. From there, volunteers will be split into crews to work on several projects. All tools and materials will be provided. Please wear appropriate construction site clothing and shoes. After the work day is over, join us for a complimentary lunch (at Calvary Presbyterian Church).
Red Cross Blood Drives
You can serve the community simply by giving blood at any of the Drives. If you’d like to volunteer to help out at the blood drives you’ll need to become a registered Red Cross volunteer and receive proper training.
January 19, 2013 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM
St. John’s Roman Catholic Church
12 Holly Hills Dr
Woodstock, NY 12498
January 21, 2013 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Town of Gardiner
2340 Rt. 44/55
Gardiner, NY 12525
January 22, 2013 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Site: Benedictine Hospital Administration Building
105 Mary’s Ave
Kingston, NY 12401
RSVP 2nd Annual Items of Warmth Collection
January 2nd-January 21st, 2013, 1 Development Ct, Kingston, 339-2181
Beginning on January 2nd and running through MLK Day, Monday January 2st, 2013, RSVP will host a community-wide service project to collect “Items of Warmth,” hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, blankets and sleeping bags, to be provided to Family of Woodstock as the cold winter months can be a difficult time for many of our friends and neighbors.
845-339-2181 or firstname.lastname@example.org or http://people.sunyulster.edu/RSVP/
Ulster Literacy Tutor Training Workshop
Would you like to help adults become better readers? Become a literacy volunteer with Ulster Literacy Association.
Our next Nationally Accredited Tutor Training is coming up soon.
Orientation Thursday, January 10th 5:00-7:30 pm
Day Two Saturday, January 12th 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Day Three Saturday, January 19th 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Day Four Saturday, January 26th 9:30 am-3:30 pm
The training will take place at 480 Aaron Court in Kingston
Please call Ulster Literacy Association office at 845-331-6837 to register.
For more information about Ulster Literacy Association, please visit ulsterliteracy.org or email email@example.com.
UCSPCA New Volunteer Orientation
January 17th at 5:00 – 6:00 (Snow day 1/24)
Become part of a unique group of people who spend their free time with our dogs, cats, bunnies and other animals. Join our volunteers and socialize the animals that are up for adoption.
More Info + Application
Caring Hands Soup Kitchen
Tuesday-Friday January 22nd-25th, 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.
The Shaping Empowered Teens (SET) Program and Health Café Present:
“Pampering Pines 2”
The SET Program is hosting our 2nd annual community event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Saturday, January 26th, 2013.
Volunteers can participate in activities such as reading, acting, arts and crafts, games, pet therapy, beauty activities, cooking demonstrations, and conversing with residents. Volunteers will participate alongside local high school students and the SET Program to make a difference in the lives of local seniors. Please bring your family and friends!
Location: The Pines at Poughkeepsie Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 100 Franklin Street in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Time: Two shifts from 10:30am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
Please contact Melissa Clark (a SUNY New Paltz Alumna) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional opportunities will be posted shortly.
Related MLK Day Events
Woodstock’s 24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Tribute
“King says NO! to the New Jim Crow”
2:00 pm, Sunday, January 20, 2013
Woodstock Community Center, Rock City Road
Sponsored by Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, Haitian People’s Support Project and Town of Woodstock
For information: email@example.com or 845 679-7320
The 42nd Annual Dr. Martin L. King Jr., Commemorative Service
Sunday, January 20, 2013, 7:00pm
92 Catherine Street, Poughkeepsie
The speaker will be Rev. Nelson Rivers, pastor of the Charity Baptist Church, Charleston, SC, and Vice President of Stakeholder Services for the National Office of The NAACP. Music will be provided by the MLK Mass Choir, coordinated by Dinesa Hansen and Minister Tarrence Motley with Bro Darrell Clayton. Please encourage all singers to be part of the choir. Rehearsals will be held at Beulah at 7:00 PM, December 27, Jan 3, 10 and 17. More info.