1.4.18 ‒1.16.18 ‒ vol. 14

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Pelham Service Fair: Come. Commit. Connect.

By Hanan Kamal Eldahry, Caitlin Fitzrandolph and Amy Rios

 

On Monday January 15, the Junior League of Pelham will hold the first ever Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Pelham Service Fair. The goal is to promote civic engagement, volunteer service and ongoing citizen action.

 

Come to The Pelham Art Center at 155 Fifth Avenue on Monday, January 15.

 

Connect, by learning more about local non-profit organizations and the work they do to benefit the community.

 

Commit, individually or as a family. Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a specific project or service hours for the upcoming year.

 

Volunteering has a positive impact on the community and it is good for the volunteer.  Through volunteering, individuals can learn new skills, make new friends and discover new interests.

 

President Reagan declared Martin Luther King Jr. Day a federal holiday in November 1983. The day was first observed in 1986.  In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, transforming the holiday into a day of service.  The day has since become, “A day on, not a day off.” As Dr. King, Jr. once said himself, “Life’s most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

 

Many members of the community have been looking for ways to volunteer but don’t know where to begin.  Come and find out about the many wonderful charities that do a lot of great work in Westchester.  The event will be a one-stop destination for the whole family.  Attendees are encouraged to sign up with the charity of their choosing and commit to as many service hours as they want for the rest of the year.  Many of the participating organizations are on the list of approved volunteer organizations though Pelham High School.  There will be engaging activities available for children ages three and up as well as food and refreshments.

 

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