Celebrating MLK's Legacy
During the weeks leading up to MLK Day on Monday, Jan. 21, the A.E. Finley YMCA collected donations from our members so that we could honor Dr. King's legacy and come together for a day of service.
By picking apples off the "Giving Tree" on display in the lobby, YMCA members and volunteers were given shopping lists to create meal kits for the homeless or others in need within the North Raleigh community. All items purchased for donation were brought back to the Finley Y, organized into individual packets and then delivered to the Haven House, The Oaks and Raleigh Gardens.
"More than 110 meal kits were donated to our Y!" says Heather Milne, the Finley YMCA's Director of Volunteerism. "Thank you so much to all of our wonderful volunteers who donated, sorted or delivered."
"When we arrived at Haven House, their pantry was empty," Heather continued. "For us to be able to arrive with meals and fill that pantry up for them was a truly humbling experience. It was amazing to use this opportunity to learn more about the support places like Haven House, The Oaks and Raleigh Gardens provides for our community and to be able to be a part of that is special."
The A.E. Finley YMCA provides opportunities for volunteers all year long. The Togetherhood Committee is a member-led group of volunteers who work to identify and execute opportunities for volunteerism. If you're interested in learning more about volunteering with the Y, contact Heather.Milne@YMCATriangle.org.
"Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior