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401Gives: The Early Bird Catches the... 3x Matching Opportunity!? 🐦

Updated: Mar 31


Friday, March 26, 2021


The Early Bird catches the... 3x matching opportunity!?

401Gives: MLK Community Center

#401Gives, the second-annual statewide day of giving facilitated by United Way of Rhode Island, is less than ONE WEEK AWAY! It is your best opportunity to do the most for your favorite nonprofits, like the MLK -- to make the most impact on the organizations that move you, uplift our communities, and pave the way to a better tomorrow. Throughout the day, participating organizations are eligible for a variety of different prizes based on donor participation. The biggest matching opportunity of the day is the Early Bird match, beginning at 6 AM: the first $50,000 donated to any 401Gives organization will be matched dollar-for-dollar, by the Rhode Island Foundation. Match 1: The Early Bird $50,000 matching opportunity starts at 6 AM sharp and ends once the first $50,000 of the day is raised. Now, this sounds like a lot of money (and it is!), but with 450 organizations participating, each with rockstar supporters like you, this money will go fast. (Gifts up to $500 per donor, per organization, are matched 1:1. If you gave more than $500, your first $500 will be matched 1:1, while the match lasts.) Match 2: We have another exciting opportunity being offered simultaneously just for donors to the MLK. A generous friend of the Center will match the first $20,000 raised for the MLK. (Gifts of up to $1,000 to the MLK are matched 1:1. If you give more than $1,000, your first $1,000 will be matched, while the match lasts.) Challenge: Stay with us here: there's another way your gift will go even further for the MLK this April 1st! Another friend of the Center has agreed to pitch in $15,000 if 100 donors give to the MLK by 4:01 pm (get it?). These funds are available to us only if 100 different donors give by 4:01 pm, so we need your help. By giving early, you can help the MLK take advantage of all three of these incredible opportunities. Make Your Gift Go 3 Times As Far: So, if you give early enough to meet the Early Bird match AND the MLK friend's match, your gift could be tripled, at no additional cost to you. This would mean gifts of $25 become $75. Gifts of $500 become $1,500. And at 4:01 pm, the MLK would receive another $15,000 to fund our essential programs. (So, do you see why we're asking you to set that alarm!?) If you're not in a position to give, we understand. That's exactly why we're spreading the word about these matching opportunities: so donations of all amounts can potentially have 3-times the impact. This is a time where money is tight for so many, where so many new people are looking to the MLK for necessities.

For MLK Super Fans:

  • Make your own fundraising page to benefit the MLK. Donations raised will all still go to the MLK, but you'll be able to send your personal fundraising link to your friends, include a story as to why the MLK is important to you, and track how you measure up against other MLK fundraisers. Click the "Fundraise" button on our page to start - it only takes a sec.

  • Bookmark your fundraising page on your phone and/or computer, so you're ready to go on the morning of Thursday, April 1st!

  • Remember to share your unique fundraising link to your social media, and in messages to friends and family. Don't forget to share to LinkedIn, too! "Peer-to-peer fundraising," as it's called, is proven to be at least 2x more effective than conventional fundraising methods.

  • Set your alarm for 5:45 AM on April 1st, so you're ready to give right for 6 AM.

401Gives is the best chance to support the organizations that support you, and your community. We're in this together, Newport County.

401Gives: MLK Community Center


Preschool and After School students made spring cards for Food 2 Friends clients

Pictured: Preschool students hard at work making their springtime cards

We love it when our Education and Hunger Services programs intersect. This week, our Preschool and After School students made cheerful springtime cards for those enrolled in our Food 2 Friends grocery delivery program. Each of the 120 individuals enrolled in Food 2 Friends will receive an adorable handmade card in their next delivery to help welcome springtime. For students, this is more than an exercise in creativity and arts & crafts. For the little ones, making these cards is a way to hone fine motor skills, practice early vocabulary, and encourage empathy. For our older students, this lesson in empathy is an important reminder how small gestures can make someone else's day.


Thank you, Calvary United Methodist Church!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, the MLK's Mobile Food Pantry brings non-perishable food, fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, meat, eggs, cleaning supplies, and personal care items into Newport County communities where transportation is often a barrier.

Our sponsor for Thursday, April 1st's Mobile Food Pantry at Tiverton Housing Authority in Tiverton (1:30 - 2:45 p.m.) is Calvary United Methodist Church in Middletown, RI.

"The Mobile Food Pantry is a lifeline for vulnerable seniors in this neighborhood, as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. This sponsorship marks Calvary United Methodist Church as a caring community of faith reaching out in service to others as they prepare to celebrate Easter," said Pastor Laurie Pauley.

For more information on Calvary United Methodist Church, visit their website:

For information on Mobile Food Pantry sponsorship,

click here.

Support Newport County, Support the MLK

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.)


Schedule of all events

  • 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

  • Mobile Food Pantry visits to low-income housing communities. Schedule

  • 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

  • SPACE LIMITED: 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. Space is limited, so register with Jeanette at LifeSpan ASAP: via email or call (401) 444-8088. Facebook event

  • 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

  • NEW: Yoga Class: Yoga class is now offered at the Center every Tuesday morning at 9 am. All skill levels welcome. Masks required & space is limited. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124

  • 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

  • Zumba Fitness Class: Every Thursday morning at 8:30 am. All skill levels welcome. Masks required & space is 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

  • LivFit Cooking & Nutrition: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 pm. to approximately 6 pm. RSVPs required with Kristin via email or text (401) 368-7614.

  • 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 across the world. 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.

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