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Breaking: Transformational $1.7M Real Estate Sale Funds MLK Endowment

Updated: Jan 23


Friday, January 15th, 2021


Extraordinary gift from Jane Mead Timken ensures the Center's future

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The MLK Community Center is thrilled to announce a transformational gift from Jane Mead Timken to fund its new endowment. Timken donated the property at 8-10 Willow Street in the Point section of Newport to the Center in November. The property sold for $1.7M on December 31, 2020. The gift of the property was a first for the Center.

“Jane Timken is a remarkably special person,” said Heather Hole Strout, Executive Director of the MLK Community Center. “We talked with her last March during the earliest days of the pandemic, after we had to cancel our annual Swing into Spring event. Jane immediately donated to offset the loss of that revenue. As the months wore on and the demand for Center programs grew, we continued talking with her. We knew we could rely on Jane’s continued generosity but donating her home? That’s beyond anything I could ever have imagined.” “I’ve been a big fan of the MLK for some time,” said donor Jane Mead Timken. “As I moved on from Willow Street, the time was right for me to gift the property. I’ve been amazed by their work before and even more so during COVID-19. I can’t imagine a time when giving to the MLK wasn’t more important or more necessary. I’m sharing this news not so anyone thinks I did a good thing, but so it will inspire others to do good things for the Center.” Nonprofit endowments invest principal and grow over time. Annual investment income from endowments help support the nonprofit’s operating budget. The entirety of proceeds from the real estate sale funded the Jane Mead Timken Endowment for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. “Jane Timken’s gift is truly transformational,” said Whitney Slade, president of the Board of Trustees of the MLK Community Center. “The endowment is a first for the MLK. As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2022, Jane’s incredible generosity is a milestone in our history and signals our firm financial footing.” “Establishing an endowment was a major goal to ensure the Center’s future. Because of the house that Jane gave, the MLK now has an endowment that ensures we can fight hunger, promote health, educate kids, support families, and engage seniors as we enter our second century of service to our community. She has changed the Center forever and that means she has changed Newport County’s future. We are grateful beyond words.” said Hole Strout. “When we celebrated the sale, Jane talked about ‘the loveliness of giving. Jane Timken is one in a million. Or rather, one in 1.7 million!”

MLK DAY 2021: A day of service in celebration of Dr. King

The MLK Community Center will remain open this Monday, January 18th, MLK Day, as a day of service to honor Dr. King's legacy. Programming to honor Dr. King's 92nd birthday will include a Drive-Thru Food Drive, festive MLK Day Grab 'n Go meal, a live sidewalk chalk art demonstration outside of the Center, and our education programs will be participating in special MLK Day activities. Despite all of the changes that COVID has brought this year, the Newport County NAACP branch will hold their 36th annual Birthday Program for Dr. King in partnership with Salve Regina University's MLK Week. The birthday program will be held via Livestream on MLK Day, Monday, January 18th, at noon. Read the Birthday Celebration event program here, and read the full list of MLK Week programs & register here.

In honor of Dr. King and an official service event of the nation-wide Biden/Harris inaugural Day of Service, the MLK Community Center will host a Drive-Thru Food Drive this Monday, January 18th (MLK Day). Help us spread the word!

Donors will pull up to the front of the Center anytime between 12 pm - 4 pm, stay in their vehicles, and volunteers will unload donations of non-perishable food items, household cleaning supplies, and personal care items from their vehicles. **Masks are required to participate.**

A list of our current needs is available here.

Stop by the MLK Community Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day (Monday, January 18th) for a special and delicious grab 'n go meal. This meal is FREE OF CHARGE for anyone in need.

The entree is beef stroganoff + sides, and fresh chocolate chip cookies for dessert!

Be advised: Grab 'n Go meal distribution has moved to our Edward St entrance, for the colder weather.

Attendees are reminded to please social distance and remain 6 feet apart in line. Attendees must wear a face covering, and eating on-site is not permitted.


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

Our sponsor for this coming Thursday, January 21st’s Mobile Food Pantry at Donovan Manor in Newport (12:00- 2:00 p.m.) is ESHI Builders of Middletown, RI.

E.S.H.I. = Excellence. Service. Honesty. Integrity. Over the past 22 years, ESHI has served Newport County and the surrounding areas as a full-service General Construction company with vetted subcontractors in every field. They serve their customers with excellence, and commit to excellence in all of their work. ESHI’s projects run on time and in budget with punctual communication. They provide every service related to building and repair, and they get the job DONE RIGHT. For more information on ESHI and their service offerings, visit their website at:

Learn more about sponsoring a Mobile Food Pantry.


  • Grab-n-Go Breakfast Mon-Fri, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. (Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance)

  • Food 2 Friends delivery for homebound seniors. Contact Ed for more info

  • Mobile Food Pantry visits to low-income housing communities

  • Preschool for registered preschool students. Openings currently available for 3 year olds. Contact Tanya by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x117

  • After School program for registered students

  • Daily Bread: Mon-Fri at the Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance, while supplies last

  • On-site food pantry: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. First Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Veggie Days weekly vegetable distribution outside, Thursdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or while supplies last. Now year-round!

  • Grab 'n Go lunches: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free! Presented in collaboration with McGrath's Clambakes. Menu TBD. Eating on-site not permitted. Moved to Edward St. entrance

  • Drive-Thru Food Drive: The MLK will host a Drive-Thru Food Drive on MLK Day, Monday, January 18th, as a part of the official nation-wide Biden/Harris inaugural Day of Service. Donors will pull up to the Center from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., stay in their vehicles, and volunteers will unload donations from their vehicles. Food needs available here

  • MLK Day Grab 'n Go meal: In celebration of Dr. King's legacy, the MLK Center will hold a special MLK Day Grab 'n Go meal on Monday, January 18th (MLK Day) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for anyone in need. A festive meal and sides will be served, plus a delicious dessert treat. Moved to Edward St. entrance

  • Toning in '21 Fitness Class: Every Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m., 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 very limited. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124

  • Zumba Fitness Class: Every Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. Suitable for all skill levels. Masks required & space is very limited. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124

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

  • Drive Through Recycling Drive: Stop by the MLK Community Center on Saturday, February 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon for a drive-up electronics recycling drive, sponsored by Indie Cycle, LLC. List of accepted electronics available here

  • 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. More info

  • Donations: Donations of non-perishable food, fresh produce, household cleaning and personal care items are accepted at our loading dock Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 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

(401) 846-4828

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Rompiendo: Fondos Transformacionales de Venta de Bienes Raíces de $ 1.7M Dotación MLK


Viernes 15 de enero de 2021

$ 1.7M FONDOS DE VENTA DE BIENES RAICES DOTACIÓN DEL CENTRO COMUNITARIO DE MLKUn obsequio extraordinario de Jane Mead Timken asegura el futuro del Centro

En caso que te lo hayas perdido... Como se ve en el Newport Daily News y WhatsUpNewp

El MLK Community Center se complace en anunciar un regalo transformador de Jane Mead Timken para financiar su nueva donación. Timken donó la propiedad en 8-10 Willow Street en la sección Point de Newport al Centro en noviembre. La propiedad se vendió por $ 1.7 millones el 31 de diciembre de 2020. La donación de la propiedad fue una novedad para el Centro.

“Jane Timken es una persona muy especial”, dijo Heather Hole Strout, directora ejecutiva del Centro Comunitario MLK. “Hablamos con ella en marzo pasado durante los primeros días de la pandemia, después de que tuvimos que cancelar nuestro evento anual Swing into Spring. Jane hizo una donación de inmediato para compensar la pérdida de esos ingresos. A medida que pasaban los meses y crecía la demanda de programas del Centro, continuamos hablando con ella. Sabíamos que podíamos confiar en la continua generosidad de Jane, pero ¿donar su casa? Eso está más allá de todo lo que podría haber imaginado ".

"He sido un gran admirador de MLK durante algún tiempo", dijo la donante Jane Mead Timken. “Cuando me mudé de Willow Street, era el momento adecuado para regalar la propiedad. Me ha sorprendido su trabajo antes y aún más durante COVID-19. No puedo imaginar un momento en el que donar a MLK no fuera más importante o más necesario. Estoy compartiendo esta noticia no para que nadie piense que hice algo bueno, sino para inspirar a otros a hacer cosas buenas por el Centro ".

Las donaciones sin fines de lucro invierten capital y crecen con el tiempo. Los ingresos anuales por inversiones provenientes de donaciones ayudan a respaldar el presupuesto operativo de la organización sin fines de lucro. La totalidad de los ingresos de la venta de bienes raíces financió la Fundación Jane Mead Timken para el Centro Comunitario Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“El regalo de Jane Timken es verdaderamente transformador”, dijo Whitney Slade, presidenta de la Junta de Fideicomisarios del Centro Comunitario MLK. “La donación es una novedad para MLK. A medida que nos acercamos a nuestro 100 aniversario en 2022, la increíble generosidad de Jane es un hito en nuestra historia y señala nuestra firme base financiera ".

“El establecimiento de una donación fue un objetivo importante para asegurar el futuro del Centro. Debido a la casa que le dio Jane, el MLK ahora tiene una donación que garantiza que podamos combatir el hambre, promover la salud, educar a los niños, apoyar a las familias e involucrar a las personas mayores a medida que ingresamos a nuestro segundo siglo de servicio a nuestra comunidad. Ella ha cambiado el Centro para siempre y eso significa que ha cambiado el futuro del Condado de Newport. Estamos agradecidos más allá de las palabras ". dijo Hole Strout. “Cuando celebramos la venta, Jane habló sobre 'la belleza de dar'. Jane Timken es una en un millón. O mejor dicho, ¡uno entre 1,7 millones! "

MLK DAY 2021: Un día de servicio en celebración del Dr. King

El Centro Comunitario de MLK permanecerá abierto este lunes 18 de enero, Día de MLK, como un día de servicio para honrar el legado del Dr. King. La programación para honrar el 92 cumpleaños d