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The Volunteer Center of United Way Seeks Helpers for MLK January Service Projects

Volunteers painting at the Huguenot Children's Library, a branch of the New Rochelle Public Library, at last year's MLK Day of Service. Photo credit: The Volunteer Center of United Way
Volunteers painting at the Huguenot Children's Library, a branch of the New Rochelle Public Library, at last year's MLK Day of Service. Photo credit: The Volunteer Center of United Way
The following is an announcement from The Volunteer Center of United Way:

Dear Neighbor,

Once again, The Volunteer Center of United Way  and Westchester County call on those who live and work in Westchester to use volunteer service as a way to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Saturday, January 18, 2014, people from all walks of life will gather together through volunteer projects throughout Westchester. Join hundreds of volunteers to help address pressing issues like hunger, poverty, environmental justice and health education through service to seniors, youth, the disabled, veterans and victims of domestic violence.

With 24 different local projects to choose from, most are family-friendly and a great way to introduce the value of service to everyone.

To learn more and sign up, please visit www.volunteer-center.org or call 914-948-4452.

This is an opportunity for folks of all ages so please help spread the word.

Looking forward to working with you on the 18th.

Here’s a list of the Westchester projects that still have volunteer slots open:

Mount Kisco
Canned Soup Drive with Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry
Start: 3:30 pm End: 5 pm
Description: Donate canned goods at the food pantry.
Family-friendly for volunteers of all ages
Click here for more information and to register

Visit with Seniors! for My Second Home with FSW
Start: 10:30 am End: Noon
Description: Bingo, arts and crafts, singing and other activities with seniors.
Family-Friendly Project for volunteers 12+
Click here for more information and to register

New Rochelle
Food Drive for HOPE Community Services
Monday 1/13 – Friday 1/17 between 10 am to 4 pm every day
Description: Donate much-need canned food to the food pantry.
Family-Friendly Project for volunteers of all ages
Click here for more information and to register

Sort Donated Food for HOPE Community Services
Start: 10 am End: Noon
Description: Help sort the donations that will be distributed to the homeless and people in need.
Click here for more information and to register

Port Chester
Create Clay Tiles with Clay Art Center
Start: Noon End: 2 pm
Description: Beautify this nonprofit’s facilities with local artists by creating ceramic tiles.
Family-Friendly for Volunteers 8+
Click here for more information and to register

Package Clothes for Kids with The Sharing Shelf of FSW
Start: 10 am End: 1 pm
Description: To serve the needs of area children, this organization distributes new and gently used clothing.  
Family-Friendly for Volunteers 12+
Click here for more information and to register

Rye
Post-Sandy Clean Up with Rye Nature Center
Start: 10 am End: 1 pm
Description: The effects of Sandy are still being felt.  Help get rid of excess debris as well as free areas of invasive vines.
Click here for more information and to register

Somers
Visiting with Seniors at Somers Manor
Start: 2 pm End: 4 pm
Description: All ages welcome to play games and get to know the senior residents of this nursing home.
Family-Friendly for Volunteers of All Ages
Click here for more information and to register

Tarrytown
Baking Friendship Cookies with The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics (IAHD)
Start: 10:30 am End: 12:30 pm
Description: Bake cookies for disabled individuals and share the message of Martin Luther King Jr.
Click here for more information and to register

Create “I Have A Dream” Mobiles with The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics (IAHD)
Start: 10 am End: 12:30 pm
Description: Help disabled individuals create mobiles inspired by the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
Family-Friendly for Volunteers 14+
Click here for more information and to register

White Plains
2-1-1 Disaster Volunteer Training with United Way of Westchester and Putnam
Monday 1/20 Start: 9:30 am End: 11:30 am
Description: Be ready to volunteer in case of emergency with this training.
Click here for more information and to register

MLK Workshop with the Saturday Academy
 of White Plains Youth Bureau
Start: 10 am End: Noon
Description: Share the meaning of MLK with these young people who take part in a Saturdayeducational enrichment program.
Family-Friendly for Volunteers 15+
Click here for more information and to register

Create Care Kits with the YMCA in White Plains
Start: 11 am End: 12:30 pm 
Description: Create care kits of toiletries for people in homeless shelters.
Family-Friendly for Volunteers 5 years+
Click here for more information and to register

Put your heart into Valentine’s Day Cards with the YMCA in White Plains
Start: 10 am End: Noon
Description: To be delivered to a local children’s hospital or senior center, warm your heart (and theirs!) with Valentine’s Day Cards.
Family-Friendly for Volunteers
Click here for more information and to register

Yonkers
Get the Science Barge Ready for Winter with Groundwork Hudson Valley
Start: Noon End: 4 pm
Description: Ready the Science Barge for winter with a good cleaning.
Click here for more information and to register

Create I Have A Dream Collage with Yonkers Public Library
Start: 1:30 pm End: 2:30 pm / Start: 3 pm End: 4 pm
Description: Share the message of MLK with your kids and gather to discuss what his "I Have a Dream Speech" means to you and your family.  Create a lasting memory with a collage.
Family-Friendly for volunteers 6+
Click here for more information and to register 

Health & Fitness Fun Day Volunteer with YWCA Yonkers
Start: 8:30 am End 12:30 pm
Description: Improve the quality of life of children by volunteering at this fair where kids will learn about healthy eating, benefits of physical activity and physical fitness.
Family-Friendly for volunteers 16+
Click here for more information and to register 

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