Honor Dr. King Through Service


The greatest birthday gift my husband 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

The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is spearheading efforts to increase that positive impact locally. Here’s how you and your organization can participate:

  • Get the word out about your mission and recruit new volunteers. You are invited to set up an informational table and onsite projects at our Volunteer Service Fair immediately following the Coalition’s 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance, Monday, January 21, 2013. This event regularly draws over 400 residents—a great way to introduce people to your cause!
  • Serve as a donation drop off site at any point throughout the MLK weekend.  Send us the location, the time period, the donation need (books, canned goods, coats, etc.), and the intended recipients of the donation (local homeless shelter, food pantry etc.).  We will advertise your donation effort on our flyers and our website.
  • Sponsor a volunteer project that weekend (blood drive, bone marrow donor registration, knitting circle, assemble care packages for local families in need, meal preparation for the homeless, community clean up, etc.).  Send us a description of the project and we’ll include it in all our MLK weekend promotions.
  • Teach people of any age about the legacy of Dr. King.  Let us know if you plan to host a discussion group for adults on a Dr. King speech, a story or craft time for children, or any other learning events.  We’ll help spread the word!

To register your table for the Volunteer Fair or to list your MLK project with us, fill out the attached form and return it to us by email, FAX or mail as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday, January 8, 2013.  If you need additional information, call Nancy Gagnier or Audrey Rowe at 973-761-6116.

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