Make your day off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day ON of service. Volunteers, families, business, school and faith-based service groups: The Volunteer Center and The Kindness Connection invite communities members to join them on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, to help more than a dozen nonprofits with seven different fun and helpful projects for all ages and abilities. A variety of hands-on projects for the homeless, vets, children, refugees animals and more.
Important repeat feature this year – Speak Out! Participants are encouraged to share their perspectives all afternoon in an open mic setting about Martin Luther King, civil liberties and how we can unite together to achieve equality and understanding. Discuss your thoughts in a respectful, productive and if you’d like, creative manner. Recite something you or another author has written or speak or sing extemporaneously. All ages and abilities encouraged to attend and participate.
Bring your Service groups, friends, your children and grandchildren and make a difference for thousands in need. Over 700 people from the North Shore and metro Chicago area participate each year in this MLK Day of Service.
There are no fees or reservations to attend. All project materials are provided except those wishing to make blankets must bring 4 yards of fleece fabric and fabric scissors. A donation of laundry detergent is also welcome for the NTT Food Pantry clients and gently used warm coats or boots for refugees.
About The Volunteer Center:
Since 1960 The Volunteer Center has served as a clearinghouse for volunteers to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in New Trier Township and Northeast Metropolitan Chicago. The VC annually refers over 15,000 individuals to volunteer opportunities via its Days of Service, which include Martin Luther King Jr. Day, September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance, Make A Difference Day, Thanksgiving Share Your Bounty, and Global Youth Service Day (Kids against Hunger), and referrals to over 153 nonprofit partners. Volunteers may find individual ongoing volunteer opportunities on the VC website. The Volunteer Center also helps plan service activities with for any size group – schools, faith-based, business and civic groups with its extensive list of nonprofit partners. www.VolunteerCenterHelps.org
About The Kindness Connection:
The Kindness Connection® (TKC) inspires the next generation of volunteers by providing meaningful service learning opportunities accessible to youth in the Chicago area. We believe that positive volunteer experiences early in life have the power to inspire individuals to make the practice of giving their time and resources to charitable and civic causes an intrinsic part of their lives. Since 2006, The Kindness Connection has reached 35,000 youth volunteers through 75 schools and organizations, and delivered 45,000 handmade symbols of kindness to 40 non-profits around the world. www.The KindnessConnection.org
Honor the message of Dr. Martin Luther King and celebrate diversity and service.
Submitted by The Volunteer Center