10th Annual Lexington MLK Day of Service
The Town of Lexington will hold its 30th commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with its 10th Annual MLK Day of Service by shepherding our community to take part in assisting those in need. Our objective is to engage and mobilize people of all ages to participate in events and activities to serve others. United in philanthropy under the auspices and sponsorship of Lexington’s Human Rights Committee and the Town Celebrations Committee, our target this year is to serve 2,500+ people through 700+ volunteers.
We have adjusted this year’s MLK Day of Service to be in part virtually attended as well as including at-home activities. This helps those who are sensitive and more inmuno-compromised safe and healthy. We hope you will take some time to join us online, at home or in-person at this year’s events and activities.
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2023 MLK DAY EVENTS at a glance
Online Commemoration Program and
Musical Performances Opening Ceremony
MLK DAY UNITY PARADE
In-person Unity Walk from Grace Chapel to the Minuteman Statue at the Lexington Battle Green and ending at the Cary Memorial Hall.
CONVERSATION ON RACE
Online Annual Community Conversation on Race closed by a performance by the Special Needs Arts Program (SNAP) Sing Along Chorus.
DISMANTlING RACISM IN OUR TOWN
We experienced a taste of Dismantling Racism
in our Town via Zoom. It was an interactive session, offering a sample of the ongoing learning
and action series in Lexington..
VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES at a glance
DONATIONS DROP OFF
Donate items to Lexington Food Pantry, Birthday Wishes, More Than Words, Cradles to Crayons,
Youth on Fire, and Boston GLASS.
Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Road, Lexington.
FREE MINDS POETRY
Join Repair the World and fellow volunteers online via Zoom to learn about incarceration, while reading and responding directly to writings by currently incarcerated individuals. Help these people to feel heard and build connection to community. Adult and mature teen volunteers who have a computer and an internet connection are invited to join this interactive discussion to improve education for those incarcerated today.
Join a youth-focused discussion and charitable activity in support of Catie's Closet, a local organization dedicated to improving student's school attendance, emotional well being, grade progression, and ultimately, graduation rates by providing in-school access to clothing and basic necessities to students who are homeless, living in poverty or low income.
In person. Volunteers will help us collect
incoming food, clothing, books, and gifts.
Sign up to sort items and/or deliver.
Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Road, Lexington.
Join volunteers in sorting and packaging food from waste streams like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Wegmans and others to be delivered to over 30 non-profit organizations in Arlington, Lexington, Boston and Lawrence.
Food Link was just awarded the EPA’s Environmental Merit Award in New England.
Help seniors with small, indoor or outdoor jobs around their homes like changing hard to reach light bulbs or batteries in smoke detector, raking leaves, clearing snow from walkways, refilling bird feeders, picking up boxed donations to drop off at Goodwill, donating food items to the Food Pantry and more.
FLEECE MAKING All Day
Home-based, family-friendly activity making warm fleece items for adult residents at the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen in Waltham, Bedford Green (previously Homeless Veterans) and donating children’s fleece to LexRap helping settle refugees in Lexington and surrounding towns.
CARD MAKING AT HOME
Home-based, family friendly activity hand crafting 'Thank You' cards for veterans, active military overseas, healthcare workers in the Lawrence Community Health Centers, and all the essential workers in Lexington. Learn more here.
Attention Lexington Seniors Over Age 60:
Would you like help with indoor or outdoor projects around your home? We can send one to three Lexington teens to your home, for up to one hour, to help you with small, odd jobs. Suitable projects include: changing smoke detector batteries or hard to reach light bulbs, boxing up books or other giveaway items, raking leaves, shoveling snow from walkways, etc. Follow the instructions below to request help that will begin sometime between 2:00pm and 4:00 p.m. on MLK Day 2022. Please note: you provide the materials (batteries, light bulbs, etc.) and the teens will provide the labor. Please specify if the project requires any special work tools (rakes, snow shovels, etc.) that you need volunteers to bring. Note, for help inside the home both seniors and volunteers are required to wear a mask. To SIGN UP for volunteers to come to your home, visit www.lexingtonma.gov/seniors or call 781-698-4851.