• MLK Community Center

Building a Library as Diverse as Our Kids ❤️

Updated: Mar 8


Friday, March 5, 2021


Supports the MLK, supports local biz, & helps to raise Conscious Kids

More and more, friends in the community are coming up with ways to support the Center, while also supporting local businesses. We love when community support comes full circle, especially when it also helps us work toward building a more equitable world.

St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth held a Diversity & Inclusion book drive throughout the month of February and collected 88 new children's books with diverse characters and themes. The majority of these books are from The Conscious Kid book list - children's books by black authors that support conversations on race, racism, & resistance. Parishioners were also encouraged to shop locally at Island Books. These books will be a part of a permanent collection in our Preschool and After School classrooms. Thank you again for adding to a library as diverse as the kids we serve!


It's hard to believe, but April is right around the corner. On Thursday, April 1st, United Way of Rhode Island presents the 2nd annual 401Gives, a statewide day of local giving. Beginning at 6 AM on April 1st, please visit our 401Gives donation page and consider making a donation to show your support. More of our neighbors than ever before are struggling and look to the MLK Community Center to provide life-changing necessities like healthy food and high-quality, affordable childcare. There will be special matching opportunities throughout the day, where you can make your dollars go even further. If you set your alarm on 4/1 and give early (starting at 6 AM), the first $50,000 will be matched. We will let you know of more special opportunities, too, once the date gets closer! While we await April 1st, we encourage our supporters to set up a personal Fundraiser page, and create some healthy competition among your friends & neighbors to see who can raise the most funds for the Center! (Click "Fundraise" in the yellow bar on the top of our page.) In other words, in your social media posts and texts to friends, you can link to your personal fundraising page to raise money for the Center, but it will all fall under your account so you can track how much money you have personally generated.

Save the Date: 401Gives


Don't have any socially-distant, COVID-safe plans for next Friday night? Don't worry, we didn't have any either... until now. Tune in to Salve Regina's virtual Hunger Concert for hunger relief next Friday, March 12th at 7 pm via Zoom. Facebook event For over 30 years, Salve's Music Department has presented this special concert to benefit hunger relief. While it is usually held during Fall Festival Weekend, with COVID restrictions, things look a little different this year. We can only imagine that the University's talented vocal ensembles (the University Chorus, Madrigals, a jazz combo, the University's a capella groups, and some solos & duets) are itching to perform some of what they've been working on throughout the year. The concert is free, but donations are encouraged. This year's beneficiary is once again the MLK Community Center! Attendees may use the link to our PayPal to donate money to assist in community support efforts at a time when many households are experiencing food insecurity. Want to give early? Sure thing! **Please select "Salve Regina Hunger Concert" from the Optional dropdown menu at checkout.**

Zoom Link Meeting ID: 991 1693 0779 Password: 5975392808

Donate Early! Please select "Salve Regina Hunger Concert" from the Optional dropdown menu at checkout so we can track your contribution


Get the COVID-19 vaccine when it's offered to you

It's important that we all remain vigilant about COVID-19 precautions including mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand washing in addition to getting the vaccine as soon as it is offered to us. We all have a part to play in this! Video from Dr. Rodriguez of Care New England To see if you or a loved one are eligible for the vaccine, visit this website. You may also check with CVS or Walgreens.


Have you been missing in-person programming as much as we have!? You're in luck: in-person, socially distant yoga class starts up again this coming Tuesday, March 9th at 8:30 am! Class size is limited to ensure everyone is well spaced out, so register today with Mel via email or call (401) 846-4828 x124. Facebook event

LUNCH & LEARNS: RETURN THIS MONTH In an effort to reduce isolation, the Lunch & Learn program for seniors will return on Tuesday, March 23rd at 11:30 am! Registered seniors can enjoy socially-distant, masked BINGO and take home a hearty to-go lunch (menu TBD). Masks, social distancing, and pre-registration required. RSVP with Mel via email or call (401) 846-4828 x124. Facebook event


Special performance by the Newport String Project

Stop by the Center on St. Patrick's Day (Wednesday, March 17th) from 11:30 am to 1 pm for a delicious, free grab & go meal of fish & chips from McGrath's Clambakes, with cookies from the Newport Sweet Shoppe! As another special treat, the Newport String Project will play festive Irish tunes while you get your meal. Don't miss it! MLK Center, Edward St entrance. Facebook event


Both of our indoor stairwells here at the Center received a long-awaited makeover, making them not only more attractive but more safe, thanks to funding from the Champlin Foundation. Watch this short video clip of our After School kiddos that shows off one of the new stairwell leading up to our classrooms.


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 (this Saturday) 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

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

  • After School program for registered elementary school students

  • NEW: 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.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

(401) 846-4828

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Construyendo una biblioteca tan diversa como nuestras hijas ❤️


Viernes, 5 de marzo de 2021


Apoya a MLK, apoya los negocios locales y ayuda a criar niños conscientes

Cada vez más, los amigos de la comunidad están ideando formas de apoyar al Centro, al mismo tiempo que apoyan a las empresas locales. Nos encanta cuando el apoyo de la comunidad completa el círculo, especialmente cuando también nos ayuda a trabajar para construir un mundo más equitativo.

St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth realizó una campaña de recolección de libros sobre diversidad e inclusión durante el mes de febrero y reunió 88 libros nuevos para niños con diversos personajes y temas. La mayoría de estos libros son de The Conscious Kid book list - libros para niños de autores negros que apoyan conversaciones sobre raza, racismo y resistencia. También se alentó a los feligreses a comprar localmente en Island Books. Estos libros serán parte de una colección permanente en nuestros salones de clases preescolares y extracurriculares. ¡Gracias nuevamente por agregar a una biblioteca tan diversa como los niños a quienes servimos!