MCLA and the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (NBCC) welcome all community members to the 25th Annual day of volunteer service at sites that include the Louison House, YMCA, Adams Youth Center, Friendship Food Pantry, Goodwill Industries, and Williamstown First Congregational Church.
Projects will also take place in the Venable Gym, includingblanket and scarf making, plastic mat weaving, making shopping bags from feed bags, putting together care packages for Puerto Rican families and a letter-writing Action Workshop directed toward legislators regarding cuts to funding that benefit families, people who are homeless and people who are incarcerated.
The theme of this year’s event is based on MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” which defended his strategy for nonviolent resistance to racism and oppression. Theme colors, inspired from this letter, are yellow for self-purity, blue for action, red for identity, and green for negotiate.
Volunteer projects will run from 9 a.m. to noon, and lunch will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the Venable Gym. This year’s event has moved to the larger space to accommodate its growth and popularity; more than 200 people are expected to join in.
As part of the program, Richard Alcombright, former mayor of North Adams, will be honored with this year’s MLK Peacemaker Award for his dedication to both the people who live here and a multitude of programs established throughout the region.
The program will include music by the MCLA Allegrettos and poems written and performed by Casual Writers of Northern Berkshire, and speakers: North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard, MCLA President James Birge, State Rep. John Barrett III (D-North Adams), and State Sen. Adam Hinds (D-Pittsfield).
You can also sign in at 8:30 a.m. in the Venable Gym, for coffee, tea and light refreshments and awelcome at 9 a.m.