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2021 MLK Day of Service Opportunities

January 18
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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is,
‘What are you doing for others?’ ”

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Honor the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by serving our community on MLK Day—and throughout the week surrounding the holiday. The Volunteer Center’s annual MLK Day of Service event has gone virtual and expanded to a week this year, with a variety of home-based and safely distanced service opportunities available right on this page, January 16-24, 2021. Projects range from activities like writing letters to isolated seniors to creating toys for service dogs. Choose to participate in one or many! They all help others in our community. (MCPS students can earn SSL hours for most service projects except donations. Details outlined within each opportunity.)

Click on the projects below that interest you to view more details and sign up. Note that some projects are expected to fill up quickly and require pre-registration (as indicated).

View all opportunities related to MLK Day of Service 2021. This link includes the activities below as well as service projects organized by the Volunteer Center’s partner sites and other local agencies.

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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is:  “What are you doing for others?”   -Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we invite you to help honor Dr. King’s legacy by joining us for a Day of Service!  We are accepting food donations between 10am and 12pm and between 2pm and 4pm at our distribution site.  We are located in the College Park Church of the Nazarene at 9704 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD.  Sign up for food donations here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040845abaa2fabf49-food18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 30×30 Move-In Kit Challenge –

Come to Virtual Meet Up on MLK Day – Until   Jan 24, 2021

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Celebrate the work of Martin Luther King Jr. with MCCH by becoming a Champion of Change for our 30×30 Move-In Kit Challenge!

We’re looking for 30 motivated volunteers to coordinate a move-in kit collection drive to support 30 men exiting our emergency shelter and into homes of their own.

MCCH provides a personalized Sign Up Genius and step-by-step instructions for this simple but powerful way to help people experiencing homelessness move forward. Your team is whatever network you’d like to include…your neighborhood, workplace, congregation, organization, book club, hiking group, sport team, extended family or all the above!

We have 2 virtual launch meet ups on the Monday, January 18, the MLK holiday.  Volunteers may attend at 10:30am or 7pm. 

After the launch, we help volunteers start their collection. Once items are delivered or dropped off with the volunteer, we set up a day for you to drop off the Move In Kit in Rockville, MD.

Are you ready to be one of the 30 Champions of Change?

Click here to sign up using a Mobilize Us portal supplied by the Inauguration Committee or email volunteer@mcch.net directly for instructions on how to start.

Together we WILL make a difference!

30×30 Move-In Kit Drop Off location:  405 E Gude Drive, Rockville MD 20850

30X30 Move-In Kit flyer with list of the 30 items and informationDownload the 30×30 Challenge Flyer  (Flyer Attached)

Manna MLK Day Virtual Food Drive – January 18th

While we can’t be physically together on Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, acts of advocacy are expressions of service! Our effort will make it safely “a day on not a day off” and help uplift Dr. King’s example, and advance his agenda for economic and racial justice.

Help support Manna Food Center by participating in a virtual food drive and #makeaplate challenge on Monday, January 18th.

Virtual Food Drive: bit.ly/mannamlk

Help us raise public awareness of the concept of food justice and raise funds to distribute nutritious, culturally-appropriate food to neighbors in need.

Participate in the #makeaplate challengehttps://www.mannafood.org/advocacy/toolkits/

#makeaplate #foodjusticeforall

Not approved for MCPS SSL hours. See guidelines for agencies on how virtual opportunities may be considered for SSL.

MLK Week 2021: Letters and Cards of Gratitude, Encouragement and Hope to Hotline Volunteers, School-Aged Children, Homeless/Sheltered Men and Women  — Until January 24th  – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

EveryMind remains a vital lifeline to our communities.

EveryMind’s mission is to strengthen communities and empower individuals to reach optimal mental wellness.  For over 63 years, EveryMind provides programs and services for vulnerable and underserved populations that address a full spectrum of community needs.  Whether its coordinating wraparound mental, medical and financial services for our veterans; providing school-based mental health counseling and social services; coordinating food, PPE and case management to families and the street homeless and shelter community; or being readily available 24/7 to answer calls, listen and support;

The demand for mental health services has more than doubled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, racial strife and political, and EveryMind staff and volunteers are staying committed and working tirelessly to provide support and resources to help our community cope with these uncertain times.

 

WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

On Monday, January 18th, Montgomery County Volunteer Center will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. We will join with thousands of Americans across the country who will celebrate the national holiday honoring the life and work of Dr. King by doing service in their communities.  Take a moment to write words of gratitude to our Hotline Volunteers, encouragement to MCPS students in our Linkage to Learning program and hope to the homeless and sheltered men and women served by our Homeless Outreach Program.

Here’s what you need to do:

Write a letter or card. Please be as creative as you like. 

  • Thank a Hotline Volunteer for their dedication and tireless commitment to answering phone calls, texts and chats and offering supportive listening, comfort, and crisis intervention to people in need 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Offer hope to a man or woman who is currently homeless and living in a shelter. Please share encouraging words and thoughts and remember that this person may be struggling, sad, alone and needing help. 
  • Encourage a child or youth. Introduce yourself and start a conversation! Please make sure the letters are kid-friendly (ages 6-18).
In the body of your letter: Let the person know that you are thankful, care or are thinking about them. Share encouraging words, poems, songs, artwork, a thoughtful verse or quote, or prayer, etc.

Please do not include your full name, email address, home address, or any personally identifying information in your letter or card or the letter will not be able to be given to a person in need.

 

DROP-OFF:  There will be an ATTENDED drop off time for letters/cards from Tuesday,  January 19  – Friday, January 22 from 9am-4:30pm at EveryMind’s office location,

1000 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD 20851.  Otherwise, you may mail your letter/cards and address to EveryMind and indicate who the letter/card is for by program on the evelope.

Letters and Cards for Hotline Volunteers – CPIS/Hotline

Letters and Cards for Children and Youth – Linkages to Learning

Letters for Homeless/Sheltered Men and Women – HOS Program

Note:  When you drop off your project, all volunteers will be required to fill out a sheet with your name, email address, and a checkbox to indicate if you are requesting SSL hours. Please be sure to wear a mask.  EveryMind follows CDC guidelines and social distancing.

If you are requesting SSL hours, a signed form with your hours will be emailed to the email address listed on the drop-off sheet.  If you’re a student and mail your letters, please include your completed SSL form and email address.  We will review forms, assign/approve hours for completed cards/letters, and email the form with your hours to the email address listed on the SSL form you include with your letter(s).  If you have any questions, please contact Rameela Tuladhar, Human Resources Coordinator, at 301-424-0656, ext. 541.

SSL: MCPS students will receive 30 minutes of SSL credit for completing and returning 3 letters (they must submit all 3 for credit). Students may not exceed submission of 15 letters (or 2.5 SSL hours) and they must be completed in increments of 3 (i.e., 3 letters = 30 minutes, 6 letters = 1 hour, 9 letters = 1.5 hours, 12 letters = 2 hours, or 15 letters = 2.5 hours).

By responding to this volunteer opportunity, you are pledging to continue to complete acts of service in the spirit of Dr. King.  Looking for more volunteer opportunities?  Please visit EveryMind’s website at https://www.every-mind.org/

If you have any additional questions regarding this project, please contact us at volunteer@every-mind.org

 THANK YOU in advance for your support & kindness to help others!

 

 


Where: Shepard’s Table, 8106 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

When: January 18, 2021, 7:00am-4:00pm

Who: Available to Individuals and Groups

What: Volunteers help prepare boxed meals, serve them to our meal guests and assist with cleaning the kitchen at the end of the shift.

How: Register to volunteer via the following links – Shepherds Table and Thursday Network

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Details

Date:
January 18
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Venue

Virtual

Organizer

Various Community Organizations