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MLK DAY 2023
Monday, January 16 from 10 AM - 12 PM
with the Afya Foundation
PROJECT CAPACITY: 35 Volunteer Slots - PROJECT FULL! See below for more events and volunteer opportunities.
PROJECT NEED AND IMPACT: Volunteers are needed to help sort through donated consumables, personal care, surgical, and humanitarian supplies. These sorted goods will be included in shipments to the Caribbean, Africa, and local health systems.
VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must be at least 16 years old or 5 years old with an adult to participate in this event. All children 5 to 16 years old must be with an adult at all times and fill out a youth waiver.
ABOUT AFYA: Since 2008, the Afya Foundation has been fulfilling its mission to improve healthcare delivery in underserved communities around the world. Afya accomplishes this goal by coordinating with local medical professionals on the ground and facilitating customized shipments of rescued surplus medical supplies and equipment that improve local health systems. Our regional network of medical supply donors and volunteers enables Afya to meet immediate humanitarian needs in areas devastated by natural disasters or public health crises in tandem with our long-term programs to address chronic health disparities.



The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 14th at 9:30 AM
Join YWCA for a free interactive workshop honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Learn about his legacy of authenticity, courage, and service; meet spoken word artist Giovanni Green and create your personal statement of power; help design a community mural; and leave inspired to engage in service to the world. For ages 10 and up. Breakfast at 9:30 a.m.; the workshop starts at 10 a.m.


Feeding Westchester
January 16th through the end of the month.
Feeding Westchester will host its MLK Day “It Starts With Me” campaign, which encourages locals to donate cereal to the organization’s Winter Food Drive, start a fundraiser, or make winter “Help From Home” bags. Sign up or make a donation online.


MLK Day of Service Volunteer Painting Project
January 16th at 10:00 AM
LIFE Progressive Services Group provides re-entry and transitional programs for former incarcerated men and women, as well as food distribution for the community at large. To celebrate the spirit of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, LIFE Progressive Services is hosting a painting project during which volunteers will paint three basement rooms to help the organization's site look fresh for its guests. No experience is required, but volunteers should wear clothing and shoes that can get dirty. Refreshments will be served!


African American Men of Westchester
January 16th at 11:30 AM
The African American Men of Westchester, Inc. will recognize young people who represent the spirit of Dr. King. They will be recognizing four young Westchester students who represent these ideals through acts of service and leadership within their communities and rewarding them with $2,500 academic scholarships. The event will be held virtually on YouTube. For more information, go to or email


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 39th Interfaith Commemorative Service
January 16th at 2:00 PM
Join the Nyack NAACP to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will be hosted by Pastor Gregory Merriweather. For more information, call 845-358-1497 or visit


NYICFF Celebrating Black Stories
January 16th at 2:00 PM
Jacob Burns Film Center, in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival, is highlighting films that share the joy, determination, resilience, and complexity of being Black and young. Explore a range of genres and styles in a program that spans the globe. Features films from the United States, Brazil, and Uganda. For ages 9 and up. Tickets range from $9 (for children) to $16 (for nonmembers). 


1st Annual Yorktown Keeping the Dream 
January 16th at 3:00 PM
The Alliance for Safe Kids will host its celebration at the Jefferson Valley Mall and virtually on Facebook and Instagram. The event will include community art, creative writing, a showcase of one-of-a-kind “kindness” t-shirts, local organizations and resources, and, as always, tons of community engagement. 


The Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center’s 13th Annual “Unity Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. King”
January 16th at 3:00 PM
This year we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” Speech. The theme is “Yesterday's Dream Deferred Today’s Dream Come True.” Doors open at 3:00 PM for the public. The program will take place from 4-6 p.m. at Ramapo High School. Tickets cost $25 (suggested donation).


36th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration 
January 17th at 6:00 PM
The Nepperhan Community Center of Yonkers will host its 36th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration virtually starting at 6:00 PM.  This year’s honorees include LaKisha Collins-Bellamy, the very first African American president of the Yonkers City Council, as well as Pearlie M. Bostic, Betty Smith, and Maxine Brown. Tickets are $35.


Winter Warmth Clothing Drive for New Rochelle Teens
Donate by January 23rd at 9:00 AM
Winter-appropriate clothing is a basic necessity, yet for many children in Westchester, it is a luxury their families struggle to provide. Volunteers can help by purchasing new winter clothing (in adult sizes) to help New Rochelle teens stay warm this winter. Items include new hats, gloves, leggings, sweatpants, underwear, and socks. This is a great opportunity for families, friends, neighbors, community groups, or work colleagues—register to help out.


Winter Warmth Clothing Drive Setup Volunteers
January 30th at 3:00 PM
In partnership with the City of New Rochelle, the Sharing Shelf is providing clothing essentials to teens that need them as part of its Winter Warmth Clothing Drive. Volunteers are needed to help sort and stage the clothing drive for New Rochelle teens at New Rochelle High School. Volunteers will help transport clothes and clothing racks to the staging area, as well as assist in staging the room for clothing distribution the next day.


Winter Warmth Clothing Drive Shopping Event
Donate by January 31st at 8:30 AM, 10:45 AM, and 1:00 PM
Hosted by the Sharing Shelf and in partnership with the City of New Rochelle, the Winter Warmth shopping event is a free, one-day shopping boutique for teens ages 13-19 from families in financial need. Invited students choose from thousands of donated winter essentials, including shoes and accessories, to take home. All items are new or gently worn, age-appropriate, and checked for quality. Volunteers are needed to help set up the event and assist teens with their selections of clothing, shoes, and accessories. This is a great opportunity to help teens stay warm this winter! Bilingual (English/Spanish) volunteers are encouraged to register!


The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service is a day intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
Legislation signed in 1983 marked the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (now AmeriCorps), the federal agency that leads service and volunteering, with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off" that is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community.
Thank you to the thousands of volunteers who have served with us over the last decade to make this National Day of Service a part of who we are as a connected and resilient community. 






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