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Composting is 'growing' on us... 🌱

Updated: Sep 29, 2020


Friday, September 4th, 2020

(Boletín en español a continuación)


Composting with Rhodeside Revival is growing on preschoolers

We're partnering with Rhodeside Revival to do our part to reduce what goes into the landfill. We've been composting spoiled veggies and fruit for some time but have only recently been able to collect post-consumer food waste. This means any leftover food from students' breakfast, lunch, and snack stays out of the landfill. We've made this a teachable moment: Our preschoolers learn about composting and diverting food waste. They love helping compost after they've finished eating. It's an honor to help with "dump duty."


The Center is one of three benefiting non-profits

Every year since the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., Rhode Island's sailing community has gathered to fundraise for others in need with sailing fundraiser, Sail for Hope. Registration is now OPEN for Sail Newport’s 19th-annual “Sail for Hope” regatta, an 18-mile circumnavigation of Conanicut Island, scheduled for September 12th.

Contributions from this year's event will benefit three local nonprofit organizations including: the MLK Community Center for the extension of summer camp and hunger programs due to COVID-19; the RI Frontline Foods organization to deliver meals to medical workers and first-responders on the frontline of COVID-19; and Sail Newport, for extended youth recreational sailing programs for school-aged children as a result of school delays. 

Boats over 21' may enter the race which circumnavigates Conanicut Island. The race start is outside of Newport Harbor and averages 18.3 miles around Jamestown. Sail Newport will organize multiple classes by rating, boat size and type including spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions. Sail Newport will assign a rating for boats who don't ordinarily race on Narragansett Bay so everyone can participate.

Sail Newport also encourages powerboaters to join and cruise around the island with the sailing fleet in a show of support and to help fundraise for the charitable organizations.

There is no after-race social, ordinarily held at the Newport Shipyard, because of COVID-19. Participants and supporters may donate online. Donors may select which charity or charities receive their financial contribution. 

At the MLK, donations mean we can keep saying ‘Yes’ when local people ask for help during these very uncertain times. Thank you for your support, and we'll see you at the race!


Announcing two exciting job opportunities: We're looking to hire Distance Learning Support Personnel and a Preschool Assistant Teacher to join our team of compassionate, innovative professionals. For more information and to apply, visit our Indeed page. Please spread the word with anyone who may be interested.

HOLIDAY HELP Holiday Help registration begins Monday, Sep. 14th

We know, we know - your tan hasn't even faded yet. But, that time of year is right around the corner: Holiday Help registration at the MLK begins on Monday, September 14th. Due to COVID-19, our Holiday Help programs will look a little different this year. Registration will take place over the phone, online, or in-person by appointment only: no walk-ins accepted. New this year: online registration, which will open on the 14th. Stay tuned!



BankNewport, member FDIC, is our generous sponsor for Thursday, September 10th’s Mobile Food Pantry at Hancock Estates in Tiverton from 12 p.m - 1:30 p.m. Thanks to BankNewport’s support, the MLK Community Center is able to bring non-perishable food, fresh produce, milk, meat, and eggs into Newport County communities where transportation is often a barrier.

BankNewport is a progressive community bank that’s been helping Rhode Islanders to achieve their financial goals for over 200 years. Founded in 1819, they are one of the oldest mutual savings banks not only in Rhode Island, but in the entire United States. Currently holding $1.9 Billion in assets, BankNewport is an FDIC-insured savings bank and a subsidiary of the Mutual Holding Company, OceanPoint Financial Partners, MHC. We are very grateful for all the ways BankNewport supports the MLK. For more information, visit their website at: Click here to sponsor a Mobile Food Pantry.


The MLK Community Center will be closed Monday, September 7th to observe Labor Day. The Center will reopen Tuesday, September 8th at 9 a.m., and the on-site food pantry will reopen Wednesday, September 9th at 10 a.m.

  • Grab-n-Go Breakfast every weekday, 7:30 - 8:30 (Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance)

  • Food 2 Friends delivery for homebound seniors

  • Mobile Food Pantry visits to low-income housing communities

  • Preschool for registered preschool students

  • Daily Bread: Available at the Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance weekdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • 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., starting Sept. 5th - THIS SATURDAY!

  • Veggie Days weekly vegetable distribution outside, Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or while supplies last

  • Summer Camp for registered summer campers: extended until September 11th

  • LivFit Cooking & Nutrition class returns every Tuesday & Thursday evening at 5 p.m. beginning in September. Class will be socially distanced and masks are required. Please call or text Kristin if you would like to attend: (401) 368-7614

  • Grab 'n Go lunches: Tuesday, September 15th, and September 29th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free! Presented in collaboration with McGrath's Clambakes. Menu TBD. Eating on-site not permitted

  • 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

  • Senior farmers market coupon booklets are available to pickup at the MLK. While supplies last, Rhode Island residents seniors ages 60+ who meet the income requirements can pick up one booklet per season

  • Holiday Help Registration will begin on Monday, September 14th over the phone or by appointment only. More details to come

  • Donations: Donations of non-perishable food, fresh produce, household items, and personal care items are accepted at our loading dock Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please ring the bell upon arrival. Masks required to donate. A list of our urgent needs available here.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

(401) 846-4828

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LA MAYORDOMÍA AMBIENTAL COMIENZA TEMPRANO EN LA MLK El compostaje con Rhodeside Revival está creciendo en niños en edad preescolar

Nos estamos asociando con Rhodeside Revival para hacer nuestra parte para reducir lo que va al vertedero. Hemos estado compostando verduras y frutas en mal estado durante algún tiempo, pero solo recientemente hemos podido recolectar desechos de alimentos posconsumo. Esto significa que cualquier comida sobrante del desayuno, el almuerzo y la merienda de los estudiantes se queda fuera del vertedero. Hemos hecho de este un momento propicio para la enseñanza: nuestros niños en edad preescolar aprenden sobre el compostaje y la eliminación de residuos de alimentos. Les encanta ayudar a hacer abono después de haber terminado de comer. Es un honor ayudar con el "derecho de descarga".

SAIL FOR HOPE BENEFICIA AL CENTRO COMUNITARIO DE MLK EL 12 DE SEPTIEMBRE El Centro es una de las tres organizaciones sin fines de lucro que se benefician

Cada año desde los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre en los EE. UU., La comunidad de navegación de Rhode Island se ha re