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AmeriCorps Alums Chapters Set to Make Impact During 2012 MLK, Jr. Day

January 13, 2012

To capture the Legacy of Service of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, AmeriCorps Alums chapters and individuals across the country will be participating and hosting service projects and Sunday Suppers to celebrate the holiday. If this is your first service event of the year, we’ve got the complete list of AmeriCorps Alums chapters who are mobilizing and serving during this day of service.

For most chapters, this is their first event of the year, so don’t miss out on the chance to fulfill some of your New Year’s Resolutions of more volunteering, meeting new people, and giving back to your community. In addition, if you’ve relocated to a new city, this will be a great opportunity to make some new friends in service.

“The greatest gift Martin could receive is if people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds celebrated the holiday by performing individual acts of kindness through service to others.” – Coretta Scott King

See the complete list of AmeriCorps Alums MLK Day of Service Events:

  • Atlanta Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums

MLK, Jr. Day Project

Volunteers will make repairs and do yard work for senior citizens’ homes in Decatur. These much needed repairs enable senior homeowners to remain in their homes safely, comfortably and affordably. Volunteers will assist the logistics team with transporting tools and materials, as well as helping to weatherize homes.

Sunday Supper

Two Sunday Suppers will be hosted at the homes of chapter members.  Citizens will gather to discuss their concerns for the city of Atlanta and methods to address them.

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  • Greater Boston Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums

MLK, Jr. Day Project

The Boston Alums Chapter will serve with Eighth graders from across MA will unite for Governor Patrick’s Project 351 on January 14, 2012 for an ambitious day of service honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The youth ambassadors, representing the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns, are chosen based on their exemplary service ethic and spirit of generosity and were nominated by education leaders in their home town.

Volunteers are needed for registration and as greeters, chaperones and bus captains. Want to volunteer? Send a message or e-mail to americorpsalumsboston@gmail.com for details.

  • Connecticut Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums

MLK, Jr. Day Project

Join our CT Alums, as they partner with Public Allies CT, the City of New Haven’s Office of Sustainability, IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services of New Haven), Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, and The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History to perform a variety of environmental outreach projects.

The service project is from 10a-2p. There will be breakfast at 9am at the CT Public Allies office on Willow St. in East Rock at and the group will reconvene there around 2p for some reflection about service. After that, around 230, Alums will go to C.O. Jones on State St. to host a Sunday Supper,  share appetizers and drinks and discuss the upcoming service year.

Sunday Supper

A group of AmeriCorps Alums are meeting after the MLK Day service event at a local restaurant to discuss as a chapter how we can engage in service that addresses poverty, hunger, and other problems in our community.

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  • Maine Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums

MLK, Jr. Day Project

Jan. 16th, MLK Day Project 1: “Day of Movement” at the Westbrook Community Center, leading physical activities with kids and helping with lunch, 10:30-1:30pm, email Julie at jvirgin@unitedwaygp.org to RSVP.

Jan. 16th, MLK Day Project 2: “Sunday Supper” with FoodCorps, potluck and discussion of food security issues at Sheepscot General at Uncas Farms in Whitefield, 11am-2pm, email Genna at genna.c@maine.edu to RSVP.

  • New Hampshire Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums

MLK, Jr. Day Project

This year, in honor of the MLK Day of Service, all of the AmeriCorps programs in the state are partnering with the NH Food Bank to do a month long food drive throughout January. Our slogan is “Hunger Doesn’t End After the Holidays.” On Saturday, January 21st, AmeriCorps members will be canvassing neighborhoods in Concord to collect canned and dry goods.

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  • New York City Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums

MLK, Jr. Day Project

Description: The New York City Chapter will partner with GenerationOn by providing 22 alumni to serve as volunteer leaders.  The two-hour event will be held at a GenerationOn School in East Harlem where up  to 400 kids and their parents/guardians gather to view one of the Sunday Supper videos then break into groups of 10-15. Each group will contain a volunteer facilitator, to discuss the video and then do a relevant hands-on service project using one of the GenerationOn Grow Involved service kits that have already been developed for grades K-12.

Sunday Supper

Alums will be meeting in Brooklyn to watch the LiveStream of last year’s Sunday Supper in Washington DC. They’ll also be joining in the virtual conversations online!

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  • Quad Cities Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums

MLK, Jr. Day Project

Description:  Let Freedom Ring! Rhythm, Soul and the Dream is presented in collaboration with AmeriCorps, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the River Music Experience. This very special day will include a presentation on music in Memphis during the Civil Rights Movement and a special presentation on America’s dedication to service, and will feature the CandyMakers.

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  • St. Louis Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums

MLK, Jr. Day Project

This year, St. Louis Alums will serve with Circle of Concern (http://www.circleofconcern.org/), a local agency that helps feed the hungry and address poverty in our community. Alums volunteers will help organize a warehouse where food donations are stored. This project will help Circle of Concern more effectively assist more families in our neighborhoods throughout the tough winter ahead. This will also be a great chance to socialize with fellow Alums. Family members of Alums are invited. Space is limited so please RSVP ASAP! Contact Sada Lindsey, our chapter’s volunteer chairperson, to RSVP or with questions.

Sunday Supper

St. Louis alums will host an Alums potluck at a Chapter Leader’s house and have conversation topics related to Dr. King’s legacy.

More info

  • Twin Cities Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums

MLK, Jr. Day Project

TC AmeirCorps Alums will be partnering with HandsOn Twin Cities during 2012 MLK, Jr. Day activities to engage alums in service during MLK, JR. Day

On Sunday night, celebrate the legacy of MLK Jr. at Acadia Cafe with AmeriCorps Alum DJ Steely from KFAI Radio.

7-8pm AmeriCorps Alums Community Conversation and Networking Hour
8-9pm DJ Steely w/ Soulful Sounds from the MLK Era

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  • Washington D.C. Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums

MLK, Jr. Day Project

AmeriCorps Alums will be joining City Year Washington DC for their annual MLK Service Day. It will include revitalizing Dunbar High School, the oldest Boys and Girls Club in the District, Community Academy Public Charter School, and So Others Might Eat. Many projects include painting and light construction and comfortable clothing is recommended! In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, we hope this service event will be an opportunity for volunteers to help the community.

Sunday Supper

Join local advocates, concerned citizens, alums and current AmeriCorps members as we gather for meaningful dialogue, connection and reflection about hunger in our city and region. We’ll hear from folks at DC Central Kitchen and other organizations and individuals tackling food issues and discuss how to make people more aware and how to take effective action. As well, we’ll be collecting canned and boxed food items to donate locally. Join us and bring your family/friends!

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How will you commemorate Dr. King’s Legacy of Service? 

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