Volunteers sought for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Northern Berkshire

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NORTH ADAMS — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Northern Berkshire Community Coalition are once again celebrating Martin Luther King Day by volunteering.

The 23rd annual Day of Service will be hosted by MCLA on Jan. 18 and its organizers are reaching out to the community and seeking volunteers — specifically young people are encouraged to participate this year. Among the slew of projects to be taken on by volunteers this year are assembling military care boxes, mitten making, and a quilting project.

Volunteers at the MCLA Church Street Center also will put together meals to be delivered by local food pantries and creating Valentine's Day cards and gifts for the elderly living at local nursing homes, according to a press release from MCLA.

The event will also include a discussion on current events titled "Prejudice and Privilege."

"They're interacting with others, whether they're working with youth or seniors," said Thomas Alexander, MCLA's Multicultural Education Resource Center coordinator and the organizer of the Jan. 18 event. "It's people from all different backgrounds gathering to make a difference for their community, and also connecting together with one another. That's a major aspect of the program."

The event will also include projects at a number of sites off the MCLA campus at the Adams Youth Center, the First Baptist Church in North Adams, the Friendship Food Pantry, Stop and Shop, Good Will, Louison House, Williamstown First Congregational Church, the North Adams YMCA, and local homes in need of winterization, according to the press release.

Interested volunteers can pre-register for a specific service project at http://berkshirenonprofits.com. They will be asked to sign in at 9 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Church Street Center, where there will be a 9:30 a.m. welcoming ceremony before volunteers are directed to various projects.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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