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.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday, January 20, 2014, 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.
Bard’s 4th Annual Civic Engagement Day
Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Bard’s 3rd Annual Civic Engagement Day is scheduled to coincide with the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 20th, 2014, 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 18th, please contact Yasho-Victoria Singh at firstname.lastname@example.org
On January 18th and 20th 2014, we are hoping to advance preparedness in communities. We want to build outreach to all segments and reduce the level of fire incidents as well as increase awareness in vulnerable neighborhoods about making a plan for emergencies. Our plan is to reach as many homes as possible with door hangers. Our volunteers will travel in pairs throughout Kingston and Poughkeepsie, putting the door hangers on as many homes as possible in the neighborhood they’re designated. The volunteers will be provided with fire safety information before going out, in order to answer any questions that residents may have. More info or call (518) 694-5173
Saturday January 18th, 2014, 10am-3pm
New Paltz United Methodist Church on Main Street, New Paltz
Repair Cafe Valet and Cafe Volunteers needed!
Two shifts – 9am-12pm and 12-3:30pm
At the Repair Cafe you’ll find tools and materials to help you make the repair you need: on furniture, small appliances & housewares, clothes, crockery,toys and more. You’ll also find “repair coaches” such as electricians, seamstresses, mechanics and all-purpose fix-it pros to get you started and help along the way. More info
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Saturday January 18th, 2014, 9am-5pm
406 Onteora Trl (next to the Hess Gas Station on Route 28), Kingston (845) 853-7499
6 – 8 carpenters or lightly skilled home improvement
8 warehouse workers, strong
4 – 6 general, light cleaning, painting
All participants should be 16 years or older. We could also accommodate a couple of 14 – 15 year olds as well. They are not allowed to use tools but can paint or help clean. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, an extra sweater/sweatshirt and clothes they can get dirty. Teens up to 18 years old need a parent or guardian to co-sign our waiver form. Participants can sign their waivers in advance. They are available on our website at ulsterhabitat.org .
Monday January 20th, 2014
Everette Hodge Community Center, 15-21 Franklin Street, Kingston
Collaborative training opportunity with UlsterCorps, the Red Cross, The City of Kingston, Family & The Volunteer Center of United Way
Schedule (attend as many FREE sessions as you like; RSVP Required):
9:00am – Registration
9:15am – Red Cross Disaster Services Overview
10:45am – Break
11:00am – Red Cross Preparedness Training for all ages:
– Be Red Cross Ready (45 minutes, ages 16 & up)
– Masters of Disaster (45 minutes, ages 6-15)
11:45am – Citizen CPR (ages 10 & up)
12:00-3:00pm – Red Cross Fire Safety Outreach
1:00-3:00pm – Volunteer Management & Coordination Workshop
More info or contact UlsterCorps at 845-481-0331 – email@example.com
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 (suggested – toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, diapers, razors, deodorant, any cleaning or personal hygiene supplies). The Hodge Community Center (15-21 Franklin Street, Kingston) will serve as a drop-off location throughout the day’s trainings (9am-3pm) listed above.
Rosendale Food Pantry
Monday January 20th, 2014, 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.
Red Cross Blood Drive
January 20, 2014 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Town of Gardiner
2340 Rt. 44/55 – Gardiner, NY 12525
Donation Types: Double Red Cells, Blood
Schedule an appointment online/More info:
or call 1-800-RED-CROSS
Caring Hands Soup Kitchen
Tuesday-Friday January 21st-24th, 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.
SUNY Ulster “I Have A Dream Week”
Tuesday, January 21 – Friday, January 24, 2014
We will host a “Pocket Change for Peace” drive, with all proceeds to benefit MLK Center for Non-Violent Social Change. We will broadcast Dr. King’s speech in the dining hall on Wednesday, January 22 at 12pm. We will have “clouds” posted around campus for for students, staff and faculty to share their dreams for the future of our country. For more info contact Deb at Ulster County Community College – 845-687-5263 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Annual Kingston Health Summit
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, Kingston High School
The Live Well Kingston coalition is planning the 1st Annual Kingston Health Summit on Thursday, January 23rd at the Kingston High School. The Summit will begin with a “State of Kingston’s Health Address” from Mayor Shayne Gallo and a reception to be followed by fun healthy eating and physical activity demonstrations and classes. We need help on our event planning team. Be a part of creating a healthier Kingston today! To find out more contact Kristen Wilson at email@example.com or 845-340-3990.
New Progressive Baptist Church welcomes
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration
January 20, 2014 6pm – 8pm
a community reading of
MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
Discussion to follow
Led by Harriet Malinowitz, Professor of English, Long Island University-Brooklyn
at New Progressive Baptist Church
8 Hone St, Kingston, NY 12401
Sponsors: New Progressive Baptist Church
Woodstock Jewish Congregation Task Force to End the New Jim Crow
ENJAN (End the New Jim Crow Action Network-Kingston)
Ulster County Human Rights Commission
Free – Light Refreshments will be served.
Contact person: Odell Winfield 914-388-3092
Woodstock’s 24th Annual Birthday Tribute to
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
JUSTICE FOR ALL – Stop Criminalizing Immigrants!
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 2:00 pm
Woodstock Community Center, Rock City Road
Featuring: Kalbas Kwartet, Haitian Voodoo-Jazz Band, NYC
With: Antonia Flores-Lobos, Las Noticias
Pam Africa, MOVE
Kat Fisher, Citizen Action of NY
Immigrant Speakers from Around the World
Debra Burger, original song, Say No to the New Jim Crow
Sponsors: Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, Haitian People’s Support Project and Town of Woodstock
Free, For Information Call: 845 679-7320