Serve Your Community on MLK Day

Thursday, December 21, 2017

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, January 15, make a difference on your day off work by serving at one of our MLK Day of Service events. Join fellow volunteers and staff in answering the call of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to serve our community.

Here’s what we can do together.

Community Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
Start the day at the Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on January 15 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park. More than 1,000 people will hear words of compassion, hope and action inspired by Dr. King. This free event is sponsored in part by our YMCA. Rabbi Lucy H.F. Dinner, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth Or, will be the keynote speaker. The program begins at 7:15 a.m., doors open at 5:45 a.m.

YMCA Branch Events
The YMCA of the Triangle is partnering with a number of organizations in the region to make our community a better place to live. Find an event near where you live or work. 

A.E. Finley YMCA
Throughout the days leading up to MLK Day, we'll have an "Our Dreams" display in the Finley YMCA lobby. We're inviting members to share their dreams for their family, their community, their country or the world on notecards. These notecards will be posted to the "Our Dreams" display so that we can reflect together as a community. On MLK Day (Monday, Jan. 15), we're collecting items to help the Oak City Outreach Center put together "hygiene kits." We hope you'll swing by the Finley YMCA and drop off some of the following items:

  • Chapsticks
  • Socks
  • Razors
  • Wipes
  • Water Bottles
  • Feminine Products
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste

Contact Sarah.Macey@YMCATriangle.org for more information.

Alexander Family YMCA
On January 15, join us at Walnut Creek Elementary School, 2600 Sunnybrook Road in Raleigh, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for a food packaging event to support Urban Ministries. We’ll be putting together food items for distribution by the group that day and we’re looking for volunteers to join us! For more information or to sign up,contact Barbara.Longobardo@YMCATriangle.org.

Chapel Hill - Carrboro YMCA
Members are encouraged to take part in the Y's Random Acts of Kindness program. Our youth program participants are learning about Dr. King's legacy and helping to create a tree of suggested acts of kindness in the branch. Join us in helping others throughout our community!

Chatham YMCA
Join us in creating birthday bags for the CORA Food Pantry to give to children who may not otherwise have supplies for birthday celebrations. Donate birthday party supplies beginning January 1, and help assemble the bags on January 15. Contact Sarah.Wright@YMCATriangle.org for more information about donating and volunteering.

Downtown Durham YMCA
In honor of MLK Day in January, the Durham YMCAs are excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity and Urban Ministries on January 15! Habitat for Humanity volunteers should sign up online for one of two available time slots to assist with landscaping efforts: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Urban Ministries volunteers can also sign up online for opportunities serving breakfast (8 - 10:30 a.m.) and sorting clothing donations (12:30 - 3:30 p.m.).

For additional details, contact Molly McCabe (Molly.McCabe@YMCATriangle.org) or Zach Fisher (Zach.Fisher@YMCATriangle.org)

Ingram Family YMCA
On Monday, January 15, we will be lending support to a volunteer led community group as they hold a community event at the Civic Center. Our Ingram Family YMCA board members will serve breakfast starting at 9 a.m. and our youth staff will be leading face painting for children during breakfast. For more information contact Jamie.Roberts@YMCATriangle.org

Kerr Family YMCA
Beginning January 2, we will be collecting craft items for craft bags to be donated to local emergency rooms and children’s hospitals. Throughout the days leading up to MLK Day on Jan. 15, we'll be collecting the following items:

  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Pony Beads
  • Stickers
  • Pom Poms
  • Glue Sticks
  • Child-Sized Scissors
  • Small Notepads
  • Construction Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Stampers
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Feathers
  • Googly Eyes

Then join us on January 15 to assemble the bags. The craft bags will brighten children’s days as they wait for treatment. To donate or assemble craft bags, contact Jennifer.Gleason@YMCATriangle.org.

Kraft Family YMCA
Beginning December 27, we will be collecting dry ingredients in order to pack Five Bean Rainbow Soup Kits for local families in need through our February Mobile Market. Throughout the days leading up to MLK Day on Jan. 15, we’ll be collecting the following items:

  • Black Beans
  • Red Beans
  • Great Northern Beans
  • Split Peas
  • Lentils
  • Dried Onion Flakes
  • Dried Parsley
  • Dried Basil
  • Quart Sized Zip Lock Bags
  • Snack Size Zip Lock Bags
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Pepper
  • Dried Oregano
  • Beef Bouillon Granules
  • Sweet Lemonade Drink Mix

Then join us on January 15 to assemble the kits. To donate or assemble the soup kits, contact Scoop.Green@YMCATriangle.org or sign up on Sign Up Genius. We'll also display a "Random Acts of Kindness Tree" throughout the week of MLK Day. Take a leaf from the tree and go out and perform a random act of kindness. Then pass your leaf on to another person in the community. Help us begin a movement of kindness!

Northwest Cary YMCA
On Monday, January 15 we will be joining the Town of Cary as they prepare the urban agriculture project, Good Hope Farm, for spring planting. Volunteers are asked to register in advance on the Town of Cary website. All volunteers are asked to bring at least one canned/nonperishable food item for donation to the local food pantry. We'll also display a "Random Acts of Kindness Tree" throughout the week of MLK Day. Take a leaf from the tree and go out and perform a random act of kindness. Then pass your leaf on to another person in the community. Help us begin a movement of kindness! For more information contact Tanya.Randle@YMCATriangle.org.

Taylor Family YMCA
The Taylor Family YMCA will display a "Random Acts of Kindness Tree" throughout the week of MLK Day. Take a leaf from the tree and go out and perform a random act of kindness. Then pass your leaf on to another person in the community. Help us begin a movement of kindness! For more information, contact Mike.Hubbell@YMCATriangle.org.

Volunteer at the YMCA

Volunteering shouldn’t be limited to one day. Throughout the year, our YMCAs offer dozens of ways for you to be a part of meaningful change in your neighborhood. From coaching youth sports to tutoring a child or lending a hand at a triathlon, the YMCA is a great place to do good in your community. Learn about volunteer opportunities.