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Westchester Nonprofits Mark MLK Jr. Day Through Acts of Service

Volunteer New York!’s 2017 MLK Day of Service featured dozens of family-friendly volunteer opportunities to encourage youth to learn about service and the legacy of Dr. King.
Volunteer New York!’s 2017 MLK Day of Service featured dozens of family-friendly volunteer opportunities to encourage youth to learn about service and the legacy of Dr. King. Photo Credit: Provided/Rebecca Pelletier

More than 380 volunteers turned out on Saturday and Sunday to take part in the 7th annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service hosted and organized by Volunteer New York!

The MLK Day of Service, which is organized nationally by the Corporation for National & Community Service, is a day meant to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move all closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

“For the 7th year, I’m thrilled that so many families and individuals chose to come together, inspired by a message of hope and equality, to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said, Volunteer New York! Executive Director, Alisa H. Kesten.

This year more than 22 nonprofits participated and created a variety of volunteer projects as a way for members of the community could give back and address different types of community needs.

“While the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service allows for all types of volunteers to unite over a common and shared cause, it’s also a chance to introduce new volunteers to the nonprofits in our community. Our hope is that these volunteers continue to work with these nonprofits throughout the year, or that once inspired, they use our free volunteer placement services,” said Tony Fasciano, Volunteer New York!, director of Communications.

Local 2017 MLK Day non-profit partners included:

  • Andrus Children's Center
  • Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County
  • Community Service Associates
  • Family Services of Westchester's The Sharing Shelf
  • Furniture Sharehouse
  • Green Chimneys
  • Humane Society of Westchester
  • Junior League of Central Westchester
  • Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center
  • Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland, Inc.
  • Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry
  • My Second Home of Family Services of Westchester
  • My Sisters' Place NY
  • Paws Crossed
  • Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley
  • Somers Manor Nursing Home
  • The Hudson Valley Singers
  • The Nyack Center
  • Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. (WestCOP)
  • Westchester Jewish Community Services' Kids Kloset
  • Westchester-Rockland Project Linus
  • Worldwide Community First Responder, Inc.

Volunteer New York! maintains a searchable index of over 500 active volunteer opportunities that support local nonprofits throughout the Hudson Valley on its website www.volunteernewyork.org . As well as provides access to free volunteer placement consulting by phone, email or in-person by appointment. Call 914-948-4452 or email volunteer@volunteernewyork.org .

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