401Gives: How Your Generosity Transforms Newport County
UPDATES FROM THE MLK COMMUNITY CENTER
Friday, April 2, 2021
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
Wow, Rhode Island. Wow. We are blown away. $76,812. As of 2:00 p.m. today, because of all of you, that's how much money the MLK Community Center will receive to fight hunger, promote health, educate young & school aged children, support families, and engage seniors across Newport County from the 401Gives campaign. That's a lot money. What does it really mean? It's not about the payout. It's about the people. $76,812? Your generosity = the heave of relief on a single mother's face when the MLK is able to defray the cost of her child's Preschool to just $25 a week. Your generosity = the masked smile spread across the face of a senior, sitting to enjoy socially distant BINGO - the first time he's been among friends in months. Your generosity = the feeling of hope a carriage full of groceries brings to a struggling family of 4 - meat, milk, eggs, fresh fruits & veggies, and toiletries. Your generosity = the unforgettable memories the Summer Camper takes with them through life: memories of sailing, the beach, learning new skills in fields like engineering & robotics, but most importantly: the lifelong friendships. Your generosity = the Breakfast client, experiencing homelessness and struggling with substance abuse disorder, grasping their hot to-go box, and saying, "This is my first hot meal in …I don't know how long." Because the 401Gives movement is not about any one of us. It's about what we're able to do together, Rhode Island. And together, you've done so much, and we will continue to answer the call for Newport County's most vulnerable. Thank you.
PS: If you haven't contributed to the 401Gives campaign & would like to, you still can! Visit the MLK's fundraising page.
Community generosity makes Easter & Springtime even brighter
Pictured: Operation Jack Rabbit Easter/springtime pails ready for our Preschool & After School students.
The folks at Operation Jack Rabbit are longtime friends of the Center. For the past several years, they have put together and donated Easter pails for our Preschool and After School students to enjoy. This year, each pail came complete with a stuffed animal friend, new toothbrush, Play-Doh, crayons, & coloring pages to explore creativity, and candy, of course! Plus, the shovel and pail for the beach are a great reminder that warmer weather is on its way. We are so grateful to our friends at Operation Jack Rabbit for their kindness year after year. Since ham is a centerpiece of so many Easter celebrations, our friend Elizabeth Casella reached out to generously donate 100 holiday hams for our families through the MLK's on-site Food Pantry, Mobile Food Pantry, and Food 2 Friends delivery service to the homebound. Thanks to Elizabeth, our clients can enjoy a festive feast this weekend, whether they're celebrating Easter or simply another lovely day of springtime sunshine.
Pictured (Left): The Easter hams, ready to be distributed through our food pantries;
Pictured (Right): Hams were distributed at the Pell School Mobile Food Pantry, among other locations.
Rhode Island's new statewide rental assistance program has launched
Rhode Island has launched their new statewide rental assistance program: RentReliefRI. The program is now accepting applications for rental and utility assistance.
Rhode Island has received $200 million in rent relief funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This program will provide rental and utility relief payments to help eligible renters maintain housing stability.
To learn more and to apply, visit their website.
ONGOING PANTRY NEEDS: Pop-top cans of all varieties
Our Mobile and on-site food pantries are in urgent need of cans for all hands. Canned goods with pop-tops are among our most in-demand non-perishable items. Some of us might take for granted is the ability to use a can opener. For those who struggle with can openers like the elderly, the disabled, and children, pop-top cans are a lifesaver. The MLK Community Center is in need of pop-top cans of all varieties, but of particular need are hearty soups with pop-tops that can act as stand-alone, easy meals.
Your donations of any and all pop-top canned goods are so appreciated.Our loading dock is open to accept donations from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays. (If you'd prefer to contribute money toward pop-top canned goods, donate via PayPal and select Hunger Services from the Optional drop-down menu.)
HERE TO HELP
Grab & Go Breakfast Mon-Fri, 7:30 - 8:30 am. (Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance)
Food Pantry: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and Wednesday evenings from 4 pm to 6 pm; first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 12 pm
Food 2 Friends delivery for homebound seniors. Contact Ed for more info
Daily Bread: Mon-Fri at the Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance, while supplies last
AARP Tax Prep: Taxes will be prepared virtually (no in-person appointments) at the Edward King House, 401-846-7426 or the Portsmouth Senior Center, 401-683-4106.
Veggie Days weekly vegetable distribution, Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm or while supplies last.
Grab & Go lunches: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Free! Presented in collaboration with McGrath's Clambakes & Catering. Menu TBD. Eating on-site not permitted. Main Entrance on Marcus Wheatland Blvd
CURRENT OPENINGS: Preschool for registered students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Openings available for 3 year olds. Contact Tanya by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x117
CURRENT OPENINGS: After School program for registered elementary school students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Contact Jeanine by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x209
NOW ENROLLING: Summer Adventure Camp: Offered June 28 - August 20, 2021 Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4 pm for registered campers. Rising 1st through 5th graders eligible. Campers enjoy daily field trips around Aquidneck Island, and make & maintain academic strides in math, literacy, science, & more through daily lesson plans. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Contact Jeanine by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x209
WAITLIST ONLY: SafeSitter Babysitting Safety Course: This free class, presented by LifeSpan, will introduce aspiring babysitters ages 11-14 to essential babysitting safety guidelines, including first aid, CPR, sitter safety, and more. Wednesday, April 21 (April break), 8:45 am - 2:15 pm. This class is now full, but you may contact Jeanette at LifeSpan to join the waitlist: email or call (401) 444-8088.
NEW DATE ADDED: SafeSitter Babysitting Safety Course: This free class, presented by LifeSpan, will introduce aspiring babysitters ages 11-14 to essential babysitting safety guidelines, including first aid, CPR, sitter safety, and more. Wednesday, June 30th, 8:45 am - 2:30 pm. Space is limited, so reserve your spot ASAP: Jeanette Nessett, LifeSpan: email or call (401) 444-8088.
Toning in '21 Fitness Class: Every Wednesday at 8:30 am, this full-body workout aims to improve balance, bone health, flexibility, and strength of participants in a safe, welcoming, and fun environment. All skill-levels welcome. Masks required & space limited. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124
NEW: "Unwind:" Knitting & Crochet Group: Stop by the MLK Center every Friday at 10 am for camaraderie while you craft and/or to receive some instruction & pointers. All skill levels welcome. Masks required & space is limited. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124
Stay tuned for more exciting community programming, coming soon!
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, presented by the Bazarsky Family Foundation in partnership with the MLK Community Center, puts books into the hands and hearts of children all across Newport County. They partner with local communities to mail a hand-selected, age-appropriate, high-quality book each month to registered children from birth to age five, completely free of cost & regardless of family income. Registration & more info
Food Pantry Donations: We accept donations of non-perishable food, fresh produce, household cleaning and personal care items at our loading dock Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Please ring the bell upon arrival. Masks required to donate. A list of our current needs available here.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
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401Gives: Cómo su generosidad transforma el condado de Newport
ACTUALIZACIONES DEL CENTRO COMUNITARIO DE MLK
Viernes, 2 de abril de 2021
Gracias, gracias, gracias
Vaya, Rhode Island. Guau. Estamos impresionados.
$ 76,812. A partir de las 2:00 p.m. hoy, gracias a todos ustedes, esa es la cantidad de dinero que MLK Community Center recibirá para luchar contra el hambre, promover la salud, educar a los niños pequeños y en edad escolar, apoyar a las familias e involucrar a las personas mayores en todo el condado de Newport desde el 401Gives campaign. Tsombrero es mucho dinero. que significa realmente?