A mid-January day honoring America’s foremost civil rights figure should be an opportunity to give back to the community.
That’s the idea behind Flossmoor’s second MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 18. Throughout the day, volunteers will provide services to the homeless, collect donations for the needy, reach out to seniors and take part in other community-based activities.
The event, sponsored by the Flossmoor Community Relations Commission, is a way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy while harnessing the energy of local residents for the common good.
“We saw what worked last year,” said Kimberly Richardson, assistant to the village manager. “We are expanding on the activities we offered last year and adding some new ones.
“Our overall impression last year is that there are just so many people who want to be involved, and who want to help.”
More than 200 volunteers – members of Scout groups, students, local residents and some from out of town – participated in the 2015’s inaugural MLK Day of Service.
Once again, volunteers will work with PADS clients in an all-day program at Flossmoor Community Church. The PADS outreach will take place from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers can sign up to help prepare a hot breakfast, engage in activities with the men, cook up a hot lunch and learn about problems of homelessness. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.
The PADS service project is also requesting monetary support to purchase food and supplies. Other volunteers will participate in a talent show for the PADS clients. The show is open to all types of performers – singers, poets, magicians, actors and more.
Volunteer activities will take place at Flossmoor Village Hall between 2 and 4 p.m. All ages are welcome to the drop-in event; no signup is required. Participants can connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The organizations include Overflow Ministries, South Suburban Vineyard Church, South Suburban Humane Society and JourneyCare.
Participants can also assist in family-friendly service projects for people in need. Volunteers will create Valentine cards for the JourneyCare seniors and work on family-friendly service projects for people in need. Participants will create sleeping mats for homeless persons from used plastic shopping bags. The durable, moisture-resistant mats will be distributed to homeless shelters.
Food, baby items, men’s winter clothing and personal care items are being collected at Flossmoor Village Hall. Donations will benefit Respond Now, the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and PADS.
For the second year, students in Flossmoor School District 161 are collecting food items that will be distributed to those charities.
The Flossmoor Service League will is hosting an MLK Day of Service yoga-thon on Monday morning at village hall.
Beginning yoga for adults and children will take place at 9:45 a.m. Beginning yoga for adults only starts at 11:15 a.m. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children. All children must be accompanied by adults. Participants should bring a towel or yoga mat. All proceeds will benefit Flossmoor Service League charities.
The Flossmoor Public Library is sponsoring a Food for Fines program between Jan. 19 and 24. Fines will be waived for all persons who bring overdue Flossmoor Public Library materials and a non-perishable food item. Waivers are not valid for fines already posted on library accounts. The program is not valid for lost or damaged items. Library food donations will benefit Respond Now.
For more information on MLK Day of Service programs, or to sign up for activities, interested persons can go to the village website at www.flossmoor.org.