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MLK Day of Service

Day of Service for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Join in this annual opportunity to improve the lives of others, and to prove that each of us has the ability to make a difference. Please review and register at http://tinyurl.com/MLK2016SignUp. Many tasks are flexible in the time and number of participants required. Feel free to move from one project to another if your schedule allows.  Children are encouraged to participate, but keep in mind younger skill sets and attention spans. Also, children under 14 years of age should sign up with an adult or with the permission of the project leader. We have attempted to provide opportunities for a wide variety of ages and abilities. Everyone is invited to start the day at First Congregational Church at 9:00am for a brief meeting.

Food Pantry Reorganization @ Old South – Leader: Phyllis Maxwell

  • 9:15-1:30   Sort and organize items at the Pantry.

Create Non-Slip Footwear @ FCCR – Leader: Diane Wilson

  • 9:15-12:30 or when done. Good for kids & families.
  • Use puffy paint on socks for hospital and nursing home residents

Mission of Deeds Furniture delivery to client family @ MOD Leader: Bruce Murison

  • 9:15am-12noon Need 3-4 strong lifters 

Fleece Scarves and Hats @ FCCR – Leader: Lin Chabra

  • 9:15-12:30 or when done.  Good for kids & families.
  • Create cuddly clothing; no sewing required, but bring good scissors.

Preparing Bagged Meals for Lazarus House @ FCCR – Leader: Hilary Kopp-Trismen

  • 9:15-12:30 or when done.     Good for families

Interior Painting @ EMARC Reading     Leader: Len Corey

  • 9:15-1:30 or when done. Youth with adults accepted, painting experience preferred. 

Knit & Crochet-A-Thon @ FCCR – Leader: Carol Patterson

  • 9:15-12:30 or when done
  • Create hats for newborns, and warm hats and scarves for the homeless.

Valentine’s Day Card Making @ FCCR Leader: Gay Williams

  • 9:15-12:30 or when done. Good for kids & families.
  • Make cards for elders and homebound neighbors. 

Food Pantry Donation Delivery @ Old South – Leader: Phyllis Maxwell

  • 1:00-2:30 or when done. Unload and sort donated items from Stop & Shop.

Food Collection @ Stop & Shop for Reading Food Pantry – The Young Women’s League.

  • 9:15-1:30 plus time at Food Pantry.

Cards for Patients @ FCCR   Leader : William Levwood

  • 9:15 – 12:30 or when done. Good for kids & families.
  • Create cards for mental health patients in local hospitals.


Donations are also needed in some areas: Washable yarns, baby/soft yarns, sandwich breads, apples, oranges, juice boxes, cookies (homemade or store bought), money for lunch meats, fleece for hats and scarves.  Register at Tinyurl.com/MLK2016SignUp or contact Betsy Schneider at info@ReadingCares.org. All projects are subject to change.


MLK Day of Service is co-sponsored by ReadingCares and the Reading Clergy Association. It is hosted by the First Congregational Church of Reading, United Church of Christ, at 25 Woburn St. (parking and entrances on Sanborn St. and the Town Hall Parking Lot.) Many thanks to additional participant organizations and sites, as noted with each project. All interested volunteers are welcome to participate! Please register as noted above.