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KING FOR A DAY 2014

As RochesterCares staple event, King for a Day (KFAD) offers an opportunity for volunteers of all ages throughout the Rochester community to honor the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by giving up their Saturday morning to perform selfless community service.

This coming KFAD will be one of the largest to date as Rochester Cares is partnering with the local colleges and universities as well as the Finger Lakes Regional Volunteer center.  Many of the projects will be fully occupied by students; however there will be a number of opportunities for members of the community to sign up for a service project. 

Some of the service projects can be accessed on our Project Calendar.

 

January 18, 2014 (8:30 - noon)

Edgerton Community Center, Stardust Ball Room

(41 Backus St)

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Tentative Agenda for the Day

8:30am - 9:00am: Breakfast and Volunteer Sign-in

9:00am: RochesterCares "Welcome to King for a Day" message

9:10am: MLK Choir Performance

9:15am: Guest Speaker - Mayor Lovely Warren

9:30am: Volunteers exit Edgerton Community Center and travel to project locations

9:30am - 11:30am: Volunteer Projects

11:30am - 12pm: Voluteer Project Wrap-up (at respective sites) and adjournment

Community Projects

A Second Thought Resale Shop (349 West Commercial Street, Suite 2795, East Rochester, NY 14445)

Heritage Christian Services’ A Second Thought Resale Shop offers men's, women's and children's clothing, in addition to fashion accessories and small house wares to benefit the programs offered throughout the community by Heritage Christian Services. Volunteers are needed to sort, clean, set up, and rearrange the inventory in the store.

El Camino Trail Clean Up (Conkey Park)

Prepare trail for environmentally safe walking and hiking

FoodLink (1999 Mount Read Blvd)

FoodLink is a regional food bank and distribution center serving a 10-county radius.  Volunteers help achieve the mission of battling hunger by sorting goods for distribution to local food banks, shelters, low-income daycare facilities, after-school programs and dining centers.

Recycling of Unused Medical Supplies at InterVol (“RUMS”) (100 Kings Hwy South, Suite 1200, Rochester 14617)

RUMS collects surplus unused medical supplies from local hospitals.  Volunteers are needed to sort these items and repackage them for shipping to third world health clinics.  This project saves countless contraptions from the landfill and delivers them to world citizens in need.

Cameron Community Ministries (48 Cameron Street)

Volunteers are needed to work in the Cameron Clothing House as well as well as organizing the children's rec room.  Cameron Community Ministries, Inc. is an ecumenical urban community center located in the Lyell-Otis Neighborhood.  This location runs a clothing house, soup kitchen, food/grocery sorting and after-school program.

CDS Monarch (860 Hard Road Webster, NY)

Painting 3 rooms at Continuing Development Center

Dream Shop ( Edgerton Community Center)

Volunteers will be doing activities and crafts with kids from school 41 in honor of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Imagine It Recycling (565 Blossom Rd. Ste D)

Volunteers are needed to help sort, recycle and decommission ink cartridges and cell phones to be donated and recycled. This non-profit serves the local community through fundraising

Togetherness in Love Community Center (1443 East Main Street Rochester NY 14609)

Volunteers will be painting the kitchen area so the center can host future cooking classes

Northeast Area Development – Americorp Site (260 Webster Ave Rochester, NY 14609)

Volunteers will be painting NEAD’s main office suite

Student Projects - University of Rochester

CitizenU (249 Highland Avenue Rochester, NY 14620)

Help tutor CitizenU youth for upcoming regents exams.

Rochester Presbyterian Home (256 Thurston Road Rochester, NY 14619)

Interact with elderly members in the home, play bingo, and provide companionship for seniors.

Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence (929 South Plymouth Ave Rochester NY, 14608)

Assist with preparing Gandhi Institutes community garden for the spring which will provide local, healthy, and affordable produce to the Plymouth Exchange Neighborhood.

Rochester Parkour (121 Lincoln Avenue Rochester, NY 14611)

Volunteers will be building one to two new obstacles for the alternative fitness gym, painting unfinished surfaces and cleaning up the gym.

Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607)

Help visitors with two Martin Luther King Jr. craft projects and greeting visitors to the RMSC MLK day event.

Hickok Center for Brain Injury (114 South Union Street Rochester, NY 14607)

Paint the primary room used for meetings, events, and group discussions.

Volunteers of America Children’s Center (213 Lake Avenue Rochester, NY 14608)

Organizing the basement and cleaning the classrooms of the Children’s Center. The center is a daycare facility for low income families that provides care for 280 children daily.

Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau – Rochester Youth Year Site (435 East Henrietta Road Rochester, NY 14620)

Various activities with the patients of Monroe Community Hospital. Monroe community hospital provides long-term care to individuals with complex and chronic health issues.

Providence Housing Development (511 Columbia Avenue Rochester, NY 14611)

El Camino Trail Clean Up (Conkey Park)

Prepare trail for environmentally safe walking and hiking

Imagine It Recycling (565 Blossom Rd. Ste D)

Volunteers are needed to help sort, recycle and decommission ink cartridges and cell phones to be donated and recycled. This non-profit serves the local community through fundraising

Student Project - Roberts Wesleyan

Mary’s Place Outreach (414 Lexington Avenue Rochester, NY 14613)

Student Project - SUNY Brockport

FoodLink (1999 Mount Read Blvd)

Brockport students will join community volunteers to help achieve FoodLink’s mission of battling hunger by sorting goods for distribution to local food banks, shelters, low-income daycare facilities, after-school programs and dining centers.

 

MLK Day Overview                       

In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work.

Participation in the King Day of Service has grown steadily over the past decade, with hundreds of thousands of Americans each year engaging in projects such as tutoring and mentoring children, painting schools and senior centers, delivering meals, building homes, and reflecting on Dr. King's life and teachings. Many of the projects started on King Day continue to engage volunteers beyond the holiday and impact the community year-round.

Although the scope of the event grows every year, many people still are not aware of the service component of the holiday. By encouraging participation, we hope to make this year's King Day of Service the biggest and best ever.

For more information about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Day of Service, visit www.mlkday.org.

Related Media:Rochester D&C Coverage (Article.pdf) // Related Op/Ed (OpEd.pdf)