• MLK Community Center

"I get more than I give" Volunteer appreciation luncheon🍹

Updated: Oct 22


"I get more than I give," showing appreciation to our fabulous volunteers

Last week, the Center held a drop-in taco bar as a token of appreciation to our wonderful volunteers.

We speak often how much we value our volunteers and the simple truth is the MLK couldn’t exist without them–– period. Full stop.

So, we’re delighted to host this annual event, underwritten by a longtime donor. The underwriting matters to our volunteers who always tell us they don’t want the Center “spending money” on them.

Several times throughout the luncheon, we heard a common refrain: "I get more than I give."

Join us (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

Introducing Vine & Fig, a socially conscious book club for teens rooted in historical fiction and nonfiction

Starting on November 9th in collaboration with Newport Restoration Foundation, the Center is happy to be offering Vine & Fig: Teen Book Club, a socially-conscious book club for teens (ages 13-19) with interests in historical fiction and nonfiction. Like our L.E.A.D. program, Vine & Fig expands our outreach to local teens, providing an opportunity to peak in a safe space on issues that really matter to them. Vine & Fig will meet every Tuesday between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

For more information: Melanie Saunders 401-846-4828 ext. 124

Did we miss you at our drive-thru toy drive this week? It's okay, we're always here!

As you know from our last newsletter, the Center held a drive-thru toy drive this week. We understand that not everyone was able to make it, but don't worry–– you can still donate toys at your convenience. Deliver your toy donations anytime between 8:30 a.m. –– 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at our loading dock in front of the building. A list of suggested toys is available here. For questions, please contact Melanie Saunders at Please note: we are looking for any NEW toys for children ages 0-12.


To meet the needs of our Latinx families, 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 October and beyond, we ask for contributions of Latinx foods, like those shown above 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!

Remembering one of our own: Joseph Paul Silva

With a great deal of sadness, we share the news of the unexpected passing of Joseph Paul Silva. At 87 years young, Joe was a valued MLK employee, working as a parking lot attendant in the seasonal lot at Citizens Bank on Washington Square. Joe was one of our own and we will miss him dearly. Though Joe was 87, he remained a passionate contributor to his own community–– our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

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

  • 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.

  • NEW!: Vine & Fig –– Socially-conscious book club for teens: Starting on November 9, 2021, Vine & Fig will dive into historical fiction and nonfiction texts with an emphasis on safe-space discussions and support for any teen in the Newport County area. Please contact Melanie Saunders by email ( or phone (401-846-4828 ext. 124) for more information.

  • 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

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"Recibo más de lo que doy" Almuerzo de agradecimiento a los voluntarios🍹


Viernes, 15 de octubre de 2021

"Recibo más de lo que doy", mostrando agradecimiento a nuestros fabulosos voluntarios.

La semana pasada, el Centro celebrĂł una barra de tacos sin cita previa como muestra de agradecimiento a nuestros maravillosos voluntarios.

Hablamos a menudo de lo mucho que valoramos a nuestros voluntarios y la simple verdad es que MLK no podría existir sin ellos… punto. Punto final.

Por lo tanto, estamos encantados de organizar este evento anual, respaldado por un donante de toda la vida. La suscripciĂłn es importante para nuestros voluntarios que siempre nos dicen que no quieren que el Centro "gaste dinero" en ellos.

Varias veces durante el almuerzo, escuchamos un estribillo común: "Recibo más de lo que doy".