Volunteer Center's 'MLK Day Of Service' Seeks Somers Families

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Volunteers paint at the Huguenot Children's Library, a branch of the New Rochelle Public Library, at last year's MLK Day of Service. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y.  -- The Volunteer Center of United Way is encouraging individuals and families to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King on the MLK Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 18, by giving back and making an impact in our local communities. The Volunteer Center is based in Tarrytown.

The Volunteer Center's fourth annual MLK Day of Service features 30 service projects throughout Westchester, Rockland, Ulster and Orange counties.

"We are encouraging people to 'Make it a day on, not a day off' and to donate their time to help solve community problems while also honoring the legacy of Dr. King," said Alisa H. Kesten, executive director of The Volunteer Center. "The wide range of projects we sponsor with regional nonprofits address pressing issues such as poverty, hunger, homelessness and inequality. This is truly a wonderful opportunity for families to serve together and people of all ages and walks of life to join neighbors and local leaders to help make a difference in their own backyards."

Among the activities planned for the MLK Day of Service are the "I Have a Dream" craft projects to be created at the Carver Center in Port Chester, the Yonkers Public Library, and The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics, Inc. in Tarrytown.

Other service initiatives include canned food drives at HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle and the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, restoring a warehouse in Kingston with the Ulster County Habitat for Humanity, and assisting with the Health & Fitness Fun Day at the YWCA of Yonkers.

For those who would like to participate before the actual event, The Volunteer Center is collecting toiletries and canned food for care kits created for those in need.

Corporations are joining in as well, with Con Edison helping to sort and package clothing at Family Services of Westchester's The Sharing Shelf in Port Chester. School participation includes students at Mamaroneck High School making "shelter welcome bags" for survivors of domestic violence at My Sisters' Place in White Plains.

Detailed information is available online and early registration is encouraged.  Family friendly projects are listed on the website, as our times and dates.

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