Vermont Business Magazine On Monday, January 18, AmeriCorps members serving with the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board will observe Martin Luther King Day as a national day of service – “a day on, not a day off.” This year marks the 26th annual day of service to celebrate the civil rights leader’s life. The community service activities are designed to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, address social problems, and move us closer to Dr King's vision of a "Beloved Community."
VHCB AmeriCorps Director Francis Sharpstene said, “Despite the pandemic, AmeriCorps Members in Vermont have embraced the service ethic embodied by Martin Luther King, Jr., and are forging ahead to serve Vermont communities on this “day on, not a day off”. They’ve come up with creative ways to serve Vermonters safely and socially distanced, which speaks to the service-minded character of National Service programs in the state.”
This year, in light of COVID-19, AmeriCorps programs across the state came together to plan a MLK Week of Service with community service projects and civic reflection events that allow members to serve safely while still impacting their community. The various events are offered socially distanced and virtually to ensure we keep our communities safe. We are excited to share a few of the opportunities we have organized, and are looking forward to serving our community:
- Documentary, 13th, viewing and facilitated virtual discussion
- Card making for frontline & essential workers
- Meal Cooking & Delivery for homeless shelters around the state
- Virtual Events hosted by AmeriCorps members for members of Area Agencies on Aging
- Virtual Intergenerational Discussion on Aging in Place and Food Security, held in conjunction with Montpelier Senior Activity Center
- Knitting Circle for cold weather items for various shelters along with a Housing Justice Discussion
- Meal Deliveries throughout Chittenden County
- Various litter pick-up projects
- Maintenance Project with the Winooski Valley Park District
- Food Shelf & Vermont Food Bank Volunteer Opportunities
The following Vermont AmeriCorps and VISTA programs helped to organize these service activities: ECO AmeriCorps, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board AmeriCorps, Vermont Youth Development Corps & Vermont Youth AmeriCorps VISTA, and SerVermont VISTA Programs. To learn more on the MLK Day of Service or how to get involved, visit mlkday.gov.
Source: VHCB AmeriCorps 1.18.2021