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MLK Day of Service

A Day of Service and Remembrance for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  January 19th, 2013

We hope you will be able to join us for a community service project on the Saturday before MLK Day.  The purpose of this project is first to improve the lives of members of our larger community.  Equally important, however, is the opportunity to work together in fellowship and to remind ourselves that we each have the capacity to make a difference.  We will gather between 9am and 9:15 at the First Congregational Church of Reading for a joint service of commissioning before heading out to various tasks.

Please review the tasks below to see how you can best participate.  Most tasks are open-ended in time and in the number of people that can be accommodated.  Timing of shifts is estimated; actual timing may depend upon volunteer sign-ups.   We are using a sign-up sheet to make sure each task is covered, but feel free to move on to another project once yours is completed.  You can also go to Emarc or Old South at 1:00pm to help finish up those projects.    

Participation by children in encouraged, but keep in mind younger skill sets and attention spans.  Also, we request that all children under 14 years of age sign up with an adult or the permission of the project leader.  We have attempted to provide opportunities for all ages and abilities.                                                                                                               

  1. Food Collection @ Stop & Shop for Reading Food Pantry – Leader: Betsy Schneider
    9:30 – 11:30
    11:30 – 1:00 (move donations to OS)
    OTHER: Dress warmly 2. Food Pantry @ Old South –Leader: Phyllis Maxwell
    9:30 – 11:30 (check and sort)
    1:00 to 2:30 or when done (check and put away donations) 3. Making Bagged Lunches and Cookies for Lazarus House @ FCCR kitchen – Leader: Hilary Kopp-Trismen
    9:30 – 11:30 or when done
    Donations requested:  Sandwich breads, fruit, and money to offset food perishables purchases.
    4. Curtains for EMARC @ FCCR Dining Hall– Leader: Cindy Crampe
    9:30 – 12:30 or when done
    BRING: Your portable sewing machine and sewing supplies (scissors, etc.)

    5. Hat-a-thon @ FCCR Dining Hall –Leader: Laurie Tucker
    9:30 – 12:30
    BRING: Crotchet hooks and knitting needles.  Patterns and some yarn will be available at the site.
    Donations of materials needed: Machine washable yarn in any color. Baby or other softer yarns are especially appreciated for premature babies. Any excess donations of yarn not used for Hat-a-thon will be donated to the Senior Center knitters who do all their knitting for charities.

    6. Linus Blankets @ FCCR Dining Hall –Leader: Lesley Kerr
    9:30 – 12:30
    BRING: Your own sewing scissors.  Patterns and some material will be available at the site.
    DONATIONS OF MATERIALS NEEDED: Fleece – one-yard or 1-1/2 yard pieces.

    7. Painting @ EMARC – Leader: Len Corey
    9:00 – 4:00 or when done
    Report directly to 321 Haven Street Reading. Work to begin at 9 a.m.
    Sign up for ½ Shift (9 -1 or 1-5), whole shift (9-5) or any other time slot you can work
    Bring: Your lunch, drinks, if you are staying the whole day. Tap water for drinking will be available. All painting tools and materials will be provided.
    OTHER: Dress in painting clothes. Please, no children younger than high school age. Previous painting experience preferred.