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Drive-By Toy Drive is next Wednesday & Keeper of the Dream is Oct. 25th

Updated: Oct 9


Join use (virtually) on October 25th for the Keeper of the Dream & Annual Meeting via Zoom

Registration is now open for this year's Keeper of the Dream awards & Annual Meeting, held virtually via Zoom, on Monday, October 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

As part of the event, we'll report on the Center's success and challenges faced during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic that continues to affect our daily lives.

The Keeper of the Dream awards are bestowed on a person, couple or group whose outstanding commitment and contribution to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center embodies the ideals of Dr. King himself.

Please RSVP by October 20, 2021 via this link. We can't wait to celebrate and recognize our amazing honorees.

Congratulations and deepest appreciation to our wonderful, selfless honorees:

Keeper of the Dream

–– Jane Mead Timken

Keeper of the Dream - Community Partner

–– Blount Fine Foods

Volunteers of the Year

–– Lois and Bob Zawrotny

This Wednesday! Drive-Thru Toy Drive

You can help make a child’s holiday bright! MLK Center’s Santa’s Workshop holiday gift program needs your help. Please donate new toys at our drive-thru toy drive on Wednesday, Oct. 13th from 1:30pm-5:30pm in front of our building at 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. We will have elves available to receive your toy donations. We are looking for any NEW toys for children ages 0-12. Can’t make it that day/time? Deliver your toy donations anytime between 8:30am-5pm, M-F at our loading dock. A list of suggested toys is available here. For questions, please contact Mel at

Treats, not Tricks! BankNewport makes special Halloween treats for our homebound seniors

Pictured left to right: Nancy Harten, MLKCC Director of Volunteers & Community Programs and Heather Hole Strout, MLKCC Executive Director, welcomed Evan Rose, BankNewport Vice President (Newport Branch Sales Manager) and Patrick Burns, BankNewport Vice President (Middletown Branch Sales Manager), to the center.

Our friends at BankNewport's sales team presented hand-assembled Halloween trick or treat bags for participating seniors in the center's Food 2 Friends program. "This program continues to bring out the best in all of our community relationships and we're grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with BankNewport on this very thoughtful project," said Heather Hole Strout, Executive Director, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. MLK volunteers will include the Halloween treat bags in deliveries to our homebound Food 2 Friends clients for the rest of this month. We know our clients will love these sweet treats and the warm messages they include. Thanks again, BankNewport!

Love, Equity, Acceptance and Dreams (LEAD): The center's LGBTQ+ youth support group

LEAD meets every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the upstairs art room at the center.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is proud to continue offering LEAD (Love, Equity, Acceptance and Dreams), our official LGBTQ+ support group for youth.

Founded in the summer of 2021, LEAD provides a safe, inclusive place for teens identifying with the LGBTQ+ community to experience a wide variety of support as we believe everyone is entitled to love, equity, acceptance and dreams free of any judgement.

Following the introductory period at the start of our meetings, participants will receive airtime to discuss any struggles they might have experienced in the previous week as well as an opportunity to ask questions, support one another.

LEAD's program coordinator, Mirasia, has implemented different plans to make each two-hour session meaningful and fun for all parties involved. For example, in a past session the program held an ice cream sundae station while spending time in the present, talking and supporting our fellow humans. Under the consideration of Mirasia, this group also periodically travels to different locations in the area such as the Norman Bird Sanctuary to participate in a nature walk. Each week is different and that's one of the beautiful elements of this group–– moving forward through unique experiences.


As National Hispanic Heritage Month comes to an end next week (October 15, 2021), the Center's food pantry continues to be stocked with diversified produce including cassava, taro, tomatillo, jalapeño and papaya. These nutritiously diverse foods can be used in a wide variety of nutritious recipes and dinners for your family.

In addition to stocking the food pantry with this diversified produce, we would like to kindly highlight some shelf-stable items that we are in need of at the center: –– Tortillas –– Sofrito –– Masa –– Chiles –– Sazon Seasoning Mix (Con Azafran) –– Caldo de Tomate –– Adobo All-Purpose Seasoning Donations for the food pantry are pivotal to our operation and we greatly appreciate each and every one we receive! Throughout the month of September and beyond, we ask for contributions of Latinx foods, like those shown abov, for distribution in our food pantry programs. We can accept your donations at the Center's on-site loading dock Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Thank you!

Support Newport County, Support the MLK

HERE TO HELP View all: Google Calendar / Facebook events Online registration is open: You can now register for Zumba, "Toning in '21," Yoga, Lunch & Learn, and Sabores Latinos online! With this system, you can conveniently register, reschedule, and cancel appointments at your convenience. We suggest you make an account for easy account management (after you sign up, it will prompt you). If you aren't able to register online, you are always able to contact Mel via email or by phone to register: (401) 846-4828. Facebook Groups: We've recently opened two private Facebook groups: one group for Parents & Families of MLK Students, and one group for MLK Community Center Volunteers. Please join the conversation!

  • Breakfast: Mon - Fri, 7:30 - 8:30 am. Grab & go, or dine-in. (Edward St. 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 - 12 pm.

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

  • Mobile Food Pantry visits to communities throughout Newport County. Schedule

  • Daily Bread: Bread and other baked goods available free of charge Mon-Fri at the Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance, while supplies last

  • Produce to the People @ the MLK (formerly Veggie Days): weekly vegetable distribution at the MLK Center, Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm or while supplies last.

  • Grab & Go Lunch: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Sponsored by Blount Fine Foods. Free! Rotating menu.

  • Preschool for registered students. DHS accepted & scholarships available. Contact Tanya by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x117.

  • After School program for registered elementary school students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Contact Jeanine by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x209

  • MLK Drive Thru Toy Drive: The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center will host a Drive-Thru Toy Drive in front of the Center on Wednesday, October 13th from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Donated toys will stock our annual Santa's Workshop holiday gift assistance program. A list of suggested toys is available here.

  • NEW! LEAD - Peer Group for LGBTQQ+ Youth: On Wednesdays at 3 pm, LGBTQQ+ youth are invited to join the LEAD Youth Peer Group at the MLK (L.E.A.D. = Love, Equity, Acceptance, and Dreams). No RSVP necessary. Please contact Mirasia at the Center with any questions: via email or call (401) 846-4828 x201.

  • Yoga Class: Yoga is offered at the Center every Tuesday and (NEW!) Friday morning at 8 am. All skill levels & all community members welcome! RSVP online or 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 & all community members welcome. RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124.

  • Zumba Fitness Class: Every Monday morning at 8:30 am. All skill levels & all community members welcome. RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124.

  • NEW DAY!: Free, Safe and Confidential HIV & Hep C Testing: Get tested for HIV & Hep C at the MLK by appointment every 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month from 12 - 2 pm. This program is held in a confidential, private setting, separated from other Center programming. Participants are welcome to enter through the Center's Edward St entrance, where someone from APRI will meet you at your appointment time. To make an appointment: Call or email APRI: (401) 831-5522

  • Sabores Latinos: Every Monday at 5 pm, Spanish speakers are invited to join Yoli and friends for Sabores Latinos, the MLK's cooking class offered en Español. Participants will explore recipes from around the Latin world, cook alongside the instructor, and take home a meal to share with their families. All Spanish speakers are invited to attend. Spanish speakers are invited to attend. Please RSVP online or via email or call (401) 846-4828.

  • LivFit Cooking & Nutrition: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 pm. to approximately 6 pm. Participants explore healthy, low-cost recipes using ingredients commonly found in the food pantry. Participants cook alongside the instructor, take home a meal for their families, and learn a new recipe. RSVPs required with Kristin via email or text (401) 368-7614.

  • Lunch & Learn, Registered seniors can enjoy a hearty meal, socialization, and a fun activity or informative speaker every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12 pm. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124. *NEW DAY: Lunch & Learn will now be held on the first & third Wednesday of the month.

  • 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.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (401) 846-4828

No temenos la capacidad de traducir cada entrada del blog a español porque usamos una herramienta de traducción en el internet. Por favor, disculpe cualquier error gramática. Por favor, llame al Centro si tiene alguna pregunta.

Drive-By Toy Drive es el próximo miércoles y Keeper of the Dream es el 25 de octubre


Viernes, 8 de octubre de 2021