MLKSaratoga2019_Web_EventHeader_Monday.jpg

Community Building through Community Service
(Day of Service)

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is,
”What are you doing for others?”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Registration begins @ 9:15 am
Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library 


ON-SITE SERVICE PROJECTS AT THE LIBRARY (all ages welcome):

C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Art Studios 
Dutcher Community Room, Main Level

Come create an art project that will be displayed in a collective space in our community where it can give joy and inspiration.

C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios will invite participants to draw their own eye on a small 2x2 canvas and explore color mixing with skin toned pastels and crayons to match their own shade of skin color to add to their eye illustration. All of the canvasses will be assembled onto a couple of larger frames to form a collaborative mural titled, “Seeing Shades of Saratoga”. The work is inspired by Byron Kim’s Synecdoche (1991-present).


Saratoga Springs Public Library
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Crawshaw Story Room, Lower Level


Children ages 5-8 are invited to join us for a story and activity as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and what it means to be free to be who we are. No registration required.


MoonCatcher Project
Sussman Room, Lower Level

The MoonCatcher Project was established to provide free reusable, washable menstrual pads that can be worn without underwear for girls in the poorest communities worldwide. These pads provide a way for girls to stay in school while menstruating, giving them a greater chance of completing their education.

Come help us make these pads. You don't need to know how to sew. There are jobs for men, women and children. Bring a sewing machine, scissors, or just yourself. We'll provide everything else.

  • Bring new, unopened packages of disposable pads and tampons for girls in homeless shelters in Saratoga to make school attendance possible for girls here at home.


LOGO-Postcards4Protestors.png

Postcards for Protesters
Dutcher Community Room, Main Level

Volunteers will write postcards to their legislators- children and adults alike can take advantage of this democratic action. The postcards themselves are designed for specific topics, including Women’s March, Health Care, Climate Change, and Immigration.


thinkpeace: Ocean Challenge & Care Packages
Dutcher Community Room, Main Level

Thinkpeace is about connecting people to issues others are facing, particularly youth, through the use of art. Three projects are available with thinkpeace. The world’s oceans and the people who live closest to them face urgent environmental challenges—but we can help. For every artwork we create with the Ocean Challenge, the Bezos Family Foundation will make a donation to programs training coastal youth in ocean conservation and coral restoration. Attendees will be making an array of sea creatures from various mediums. In addition, they will be making friendship bracelets and comfort boxes for youth being held in immigration detention centers along the US/Mexico border. Lastly, they will be making care bags for our fellow community members at Code Blue.


Youth Squared
Glasby Room, Lower Level

The Flint Water Fund is a non-profit organization of the United Way of Genesee County, which uses 100% of its donations to supply clean water to residents of Flint, MI. Its finances are devoted to purchasing and distributing bottled water, providing filtration devices not given out by the state, and giving health care access to children affected by lead poisoning. Join Youth Squared to put pencil bags together with a personalized letter to be sent to a Flint Elementary School to let the children know we haven’t forgotten them. Adults will write letters to politicians to remind them to keep thinking about clean water in their community.


OFF-SITE SERVICE PROJECTS

Registration required at the library, beginning @ 9:15 am.

Code Blue / Soul Saving Station Church
Help with carpet cleaning and other small projects in support of the Code Blue program and Saratoga Springs’ own homeless citizens.

Frederick Allen Lodge 609 & Mary A. Carter Temple 362
Come and help with project preparations for building reparations!

Ndakinna Education Center
Cleaning and organizing projects at the Center await your generous attention and able assistance!



Many Thanks to Our Co-Sponsor — Saratoga Springs Public Library

Many Thanks to Our Co-Sponsor — Saratoga Springs Public Library