HHS Students Encourage Community Participation for Day of Service



Three IB diploma candidates - Jenniviv Bansah, Lianne Davidoff, and Kaitlyn Fiery - are  encouraging the Harrison High School community to get involved on Monday, January 15th’s MLK Day of Service. In order to curate community service volunteer opportunities, Bansah contacted the organizations listed below. Davidoff and Fiery as well as the members of AFGA (Artists for Global Action) are displaying the information with the help of an interactive cubby display (as seen in the picture above). Service challenge cards are placed inside the cubbies with a QR code directing students to more service opportunities. To motivate the students, a bulletin board will be set up in the library to depict the high school's clubs as well as individual students engaging in community service activities. Bansah, Davidoff, and Fiery hope to provide a platform to showcase and encourage student service to honor Martin Luther King, Jr and his legacy.

What is King Day of Service?

Initiated by Congress in 1994, King Day of Service is a nationwide effort to transform the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. into a day of community service, grounded in Dr. King’s teachings, that helps solve social problems.

Why Serve on King Day?

King recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals. The Day of Service honors Dr. King’s legacy by seeking to transform the holiday from simply a day off from school or work for millions of Americans to a day ON-that strengthens communities, empowers individuals and bridges social barriers.

What types of service are encouraged?

All types of service are encouraged; particularly service that connects participants to ongoing service throughout the year. The service may meet a tangible need, such as fixing up a school or senior center, or it may meet a need of spirit, such as building a sense of community or mutual responsibility. Ideally, service projects and activities will be connected to the life and teachings of Dr. King.

Who can participate in King Day of Service?

People of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are encouraged to get involved in some way to make the day one that will make a difference in their communities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service:

List of Community Service Opportunities

Afya Foundation/J-Teen/Westchester County Youth Council (WCYC)

J-Teen Leadership is co-sponsoring an entire shipping container that will be filled with much needed humanitarian supplies to be delivered directly to Puerto Rico and U.S Virgin Islands with Afya Foundation and WCYC. This initiative will bring together 200 teens from all over Westchester to sort and pack supplies provided by AFYA and by teen-run collection drives around the county and prepare them to be shipped.

Sign up online to volunteer on MLK Day, Jan 15, 2018 at http://bit.ly/JTeenMLK2018

Contact: Sarah Toledano at  sarah@jteenleadership.org or call (914) 328-8788

Address:  Westchester Reform Temple. 255 Mamaroneck Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Pack Diapers for families in need.

Volunteers will prepare diaper packages for families in need while sorting and packaging them, along with wipes and educational inserts.

Sign up online to volunteer on Saturday, Jan 13, 2018 at https://www.volunteernewyork.org/opportunity/a072A00000snYX2QAM

Address: Junior League of Central Westchester in Scarsdale.

**Spots are limited so sign up fast**

Furniture Sharehouse Warehouse Project

Help us organize and straighten furniture inventory in White Plains, with special projects in different sections to create a well laid out and meaningful "shopping" experience for those in need.

Sign up online to volunteer on Saturday, Jan 13, 2018 at https://www.volunteernewyork.org/opportunity/a072A00000snS33QAE

Contact: Jennifer Machuca at jennifer@volunteernewyork.org

**Spots are limited so sign up fast**

Freshen up the Doles Center

Volunteers will come together to freshen up and beautify the Doles Center, part of the Mount Vernon City School District.  The Doles Center (in Mount Vernon) hosts several community events, after school programs and is a lifeline for those who live in the neighborhood.  Some elbow grease and landscaping will make it shine once again.

Contact: Wendy Pearlroth at wpearlroth@gmail.com

Sign up to volunteer on Saturday, Jan 13 at https://www.volunteernewyork.org/opportunity/a072A00000snYXgQAM

**Spots are limited so sign to fast**

Raising the Greenhouse

Volunteers are needed to erect a greenhouse that is 9'x14' completing the foundation and setting up the rest of the frame and structure. Bring your handy-person skills to this great project, which when finished, will allow Our New Way Garden to "grow" in the years to come.

Location: West Harrison.

Contact: Jennifer Machuca at jennifer@volunteernewyork.org

Sign up to volunteer on Saturday, Jan 13 at https://www.volunteernewyork.org/opportunity/a072A00000snYaGQAU

**Spots are limited**

Don’t Judge a Book by The Cover

Volunteers will select books from our supplies and then gift wrap the book and then write some interesting clues about the book on the outside of wrapping so that the children we serve can make a selection based on these clues. Volunteers will use gift wrap, stickers and markers to create an inviting description of each book.

Location: Elmsford, NY

Contact: Jennifer Machuca at jennifer@volunteernewyork.org

Sign up to volunteer on Saturday, Jan 13 at  https://www.volunteernewyork.org/opportunity/a072A00000snZsRQAU

Create Adoption Posters and Dog Treats.

This project allows the volunteers to get their creative juices flowing by handcrafting adoption flyers for adoptable pets within the SPCA Westchester. Once the flyers are created, volunteers will take them home to distribute within their community. volunteers are asked to view the SPCA website to find a few photos of dogs and cats they want to help get adopted and print those out and bring them to the project. Then in the second hour of the project, switch gears to making dog treats using sunflower butter and dog biscuits.

Location: Elmsford, NY

Contact: Alicia Harrison at younique.alicia@gmail.com

Sign up to volunteer on Saturday, Jan 13 at https://www.volunteernewyork.org/opportunity/a072A00000snZsbQAE

**Spots are limited**

Martin Luther King Multipurpose Center Celebration.

This is a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday. It includes, speakers, entertainment, tables for community groups to tell what they do and provide services. Volunteers are needed to assist vendors with set up, general event setup and assisting guests as they arrive to the correct location within the school.

Location: Spring Valley, NY

Contact: Jennifer Machuca at jennifer@volunteernewyork.org

Sign up to volunteer on Monday, Jan 15 at https://www.volunteernewyork.org/opportunity/a072A00000snZrsQAE

**Spots are limited**

Help the Homeless.

Go through your closets and gather big clothes for a midnight run.  Bring them to B100 at HHS.  Items desperately needed including: Coats, gloves, hats, jeans, sweatpants, sweatshirts, shoes and/or boots.  The homeless prefer big clothes they can layer.  Therefore, large and extra large men's clothes would be particularly appreciated.


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