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MLK Doors Reopen for Breakfast: Red Sox, Hot Coffee, & French Toast ☕️

UPDATES FROM THE MLK COMMUNITY CENTER Friday, July 16, 2021

THE RED SOX, HOT COFFEE, AND FRENCH TOAST In-person Breakfast programming has returned to the Center

Along with so many adaptations that the world made throughout the pandemic, the MLK had to pivot when offering a staple program: our in-person Breakfast program, which provided fellowship and daily meals each weekday for some of Newport County’s most vulnerable, switched to a grab & go meal. The large pop-up tent outside the Center served as so many things throughout the pandemic – a waiting room, a meal site, -- and it's where clients queued for Breakfast too, rain or shine, often inquiring when in-person Breakfast would return to the MLK.

We are proud to have offered and improved this essential program throughout the pandemic, but we were eager to open our doors to everyone again. We serve an array of folks in all of our programs, and we see many who face homelessness, mental health challenges, and/or substance abuse disorder in our Breakfast program. The fellowship and human connection of sitting down over a hot meal and a cup of coffee and talking about the Red Sox – that can't be overstated.

That day finally came, on July 6th, but looked different from Breakfasts past. We now prepare a hot Breakfast every day. On Wednesday (pictured), it was French toast with fresh apple compote and bacon on the side. The Breakfast program in 2021 is not a return to the plated meal offered before the pandemic: instead, clients can choose between a hot boxed breakfast, yogurt, fruit, or cereal (or all of the above) plus freshly brewed hot coffee. Those who wish to stay and eat are welcome to and those who prefer the grab & go style can enjoy their meal elsewhere. Clients are also offered sandwiches to-go for a midday meal, plus personal care items like a toothbrush and toothpaste if they need it.


Pictured: Some of our amazing Breakfast volunteers: (from left) Bill, Sally, and George


There's a lot that goes into our Breakfast program behind the scenes. From Breakfast cooks to servers to coffee-makers to sandwich-for-later-makers, it takes 28 people over the course of the week to put this program on, some here as early as 6:30 AM every day. We're thankful to everyone who comes together to make Breakfast happen: volunteers, staff, and our dedicated community supporters. The MLK provides over 11,000 meals through the Breakfast program over the course of a year, and now that this program has expanded, your support is needed more than ever. It's donations from community members that make programs like Breakfast happen.


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A WEEK OF MUSIC AT THE MLK

PICTURED: Third Coast Percussion members show Summer Campers that anything can be an instrument... even wooden blocks.

THIRD COAST PERCUSSION: On Friday, students in the MLK's Summer Adventure Camp enjoyed an interactive workshop, "Think Outside the Drum," and performance by Grammy Award-winning Third Coast Percussion, thanks to Newport Music Festival. Students learned the "building blocks of music," experienced the quartet's repertoire, and had time for some Q&A. Following, Newport Music Festival welcomed Third Coast Percussion to Newport with a performance at the Great Friends Meeting House. These programs were sponsored by Betsy Blair and Jim Van Winkle, with additional support provided by BankNewport and the NewportFed Charitable Foundation.

ROBERTICO ARIAS PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE: On Wednesday, we held our second performance in the "Live from the [Loading] Dock" concert series. The sunshine was finally able to join us, and the Robertico Arias Percussion Ensemble gave a stellar lively, upbeat performance to a packed MLK front lawn. Hot dogs and hamburgers were served, and folks (and fur babies) got up to dance, enjoying the music, the company, and the sunshine. This series is offered in collaboration with Common Fence Music, and Wednesday's performance was generously sponsored by our friends at Caleb & Broad and Point Wine & Spirits. Be sure to catch the next show (and final concert of the summer) on Wednesday, August 11th from 4:30 – 6 pm. The Vox Hunters will be performing!

IMAGINATION LIBRARY: One of our littlest friends Baker recently just received his newest Imagination Library book in the mail for this month! His mom, MLK volunteer Taylor, said Baker loves receiving his new book in the mail. Through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL), all children in Newport County from birth to their 5th birthday are eligible to receive a free book in the mail each month. DPIL was founded on the belief that all children should have a library of their own, and recognition of the value of parents reading to little ones at such an early age. DPIL is presented to Newport County thanks to a collaboration with the MLK Community Center and sponsorship from the Bazarsky Family Foundation. Do you know a kiddo in Newport County under 5? Make sure their parents get them registered!

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SUMMER CAMP: This past week in Summer Camp, campers were Zoologists – lessons and activities centered around exploring different animal species. Students enjoyed lessons in literacy, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), enjoyed trips to the beach (when weather permitted!), took trips to Prescott Farm, the Naval Undersea War College, and SailNewport, and much more. When asked by a family member about what he's been doing in camp, Summer Camper Sawyer exclaimed, "We did math! I love math. We do literacy, we go to the beach, and I picked up hermit crabs!" Summer Camp is made possible thanks to generous support from people across the community, and funders like BankNewport.

FOOD PANTRY FEATURE: We Need Cereal of All Types

Summer is officially in full-swing, which means school is out, and many food-insecure families no longer have school meal programs to rely on. In 2018, around 64% of Newport public school students received free or reduced cost meals at school. But that food insecurity does not simply disappear once the school bell rings.

Since children are out of school, our food pantry request for the month of July is assorted cereal. Not only is it a favorite among children, but it's a meal or snack that kids can prepare on their own. A moment from a recent Mobile Food Pantry stuck with us: a 10-year-old boy approached a staff member at a Mobile Food Pantry and asked for just a box of cereal. He was grateful, and could be seen walking back to his home eating it right from the box. Of course kiddos love the sugary stuff, but we ask for a variety of cereal, so there's something for everyone. Whole grain cereals with low-sugar contents are great for adults and kids alike. You're welcome to stop by our loading dock on-site at the Center Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm to drop off any donations. Thank you!

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HERE TO HELP View all: Google Calendar / Facebook events Volunteers wanted! The MLK is currently seeking Volunteer Cooks to prepare meals for our Breakfast program. You don't have to be a morning person either, you can meal prep in advance! If you're interested in volunteering with us, please fill out an online volunteer application. Online registration is open: You can now register for Zumba, "Toning in '21," Yoga, 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 for your first class, 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!

  • 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 from 10 am to 12 pm

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

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

  • Daily Bread: 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.

  • Produce to the People @ Newport Heights: The Center's weekly free vegetable distribution is hitting the road for the summer! Beginning June 1st, every Tuesday throughout the summer from 10 am - 1 pm (or while supplies last), get free, local produce for you and your family. Located behind the Florence Gray Center in Newport (on W. Evans St, between Girard Ave and John H. Chafee)

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

  • Live from the [Loading] Dock, Summer Concert Series: This summer, bring a blanket/lawn chair to the Center's front lawn on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for upbeat music from diverse musicians and a meal. On Wednesday, July 14th at 4:30 pm, enjoy the sounds of the Robertico Arias Percussion Ensemble. Arias, a Dominican Republic native, is a talented musician and master percussionist. This event made possible thanks to the generosity of event sponsors Caleb & Broad and Point Wine & Spirits.

  • 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

  • Summer Adventure Camp: Offered June 28 - August 20, 2021 Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4 pm for registered campers. Rising 1st through 5th graders eligible. Campers enjoy daily field trips around Aquidneck Island, and make & maintain academic strides in math, literacy, science, & more through daily lesson plans. 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.

  • Yoga Class: Yoga is offered at the Center every Tuesday and 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.

  • Free, Safe, and Confidential HIV & Hep C Testing: Get tested for HIV & Hep C at the MLK by appointment every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 12 - 2 pm. The next date is July 15th.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

  • NEW: Sabores Latinos: Every Monday at 5 pm, Spanish speakers are invited to join Yoli and Chef Carmen for Sabores Latinos, the MLK's first cooking class offered completely en Español. Yoli will teach recipes from around the Latin world, while Chef Carmen of Sprout & Lentil will teach plant-based recipes & nutrition. Participants cook alongside the instructor, take home a meal for their families, and learn a new recipe. Classes will alternate between traditional (taught by Yoli) & plant-based (taught by Chef Carmen). Spanish speakers are invited to attend & 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, the MLK's lunchtime meal and lecture series for older adults, will return to the MLK for a recurring schedule starting in May. Registered seniors can enjoy a hearty meal, socialization, and a fun activity or informative speaker every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 12 pm. July 6th's activity is painting with Mermaid Masterpieces. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124. *NEW TIME: Stay tuned - Lunch & Learn will switch to Wednesdays beginning in August

  • 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. A list of our current needs available here.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (401) 846-4828 anovick@MLKCCenter.org www.MLKCCenter.org





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Las puertas de MLK se vuelven a abrir para el desayuno: Red Sox, café caliente y tostadas francesas ☕️


ACTUALIZACIONES DEL CENTRO COMUNITARIO DE MLK

Viernes, 16 de julio de 2021

LAS MEDIAS ROJAS, EL CAFÉ CALIENTE Y EL TOSTADO FRANCÉS

La programación del desayuno en persona ha regresado al Centro

Junto con tantas adaptaciones que el mundo hizo durante la pandemia, el MLK tuvo que dar un giro al ofrecer un programa básico: nuestro programa de desayuno en persona, que brindaba compañerismo y comidas diarias todos los días de la semana para algunos de los más vulnerables del condado de Newport, cambió a un comida para llevar. La gran carpa emergente fuera del Centro sirvió como muchas cosas durante la pandemia: una sala de espera, un lugar para comer, y es donde los clientes también hacían cola para desayunar, llueva o truene, a menudo preguntando cuándo regresaría el desayuno en persona. al MLK.

Estamos orgullosos de haber ofrecido y mejorado este programa esencial durante la pandemia, pero estábamos ansiosos por abrir nuestras puertas a todos nuevamente. Servimos a una variedad de personas en todos nuestros programas, y vemos a muchas personas sin hogar, problemas de salud mental y / o trastornos por abuso de sustancias en nuestro programa de desayuno. El compañerismo y la conexión humana de sentarse con una comida caliente y una taza de café y hablar sobre los Medias Rojas, eso no puede ser exagerado.

Ese día finalmente llegó, el 6 de julio, pero se veía diferente a los desayunos anteriores. Ahora preparamos un desayuno caliente todos los días. El miércoles (en la foto), fue una tostada francesa con compota de manzana fresca y tocino a un lado. El programa de desayuno en 2021 no es una vuelta a la comida en plato que se ofrecía antes de la pandemia: en cambio, los clientes pueden elegir entre un desayuno caliente en caja, yogur, fruta o cereal (o todo lo anterior) más café caliente recién hecho. Aquellos que deseen quedarse y comer son bienvenidos y aquellos que prefieran el estilo de llevar y llevar pueden disfrutar de su comida en otro lugar. A los clientes también se les ofrecen sándwiches para llevar para la comida del mediodía, además de artículos de cuidado personal como un cepillo de dientes y pasta de dientes si lo necesitan.


En la foto: Algunos de nuestros increíbles voluntarios del desayuno: (desde la izquierda) Bill, Sally y George


Hay muchas cosas que se incluyen en nuestro programa de desayunos entre bastidores. Desde cocineros de desayuno hasta meseros, cafeteras y preparadores de sándwiches para más tarde, se necesitan 28 personas durante el transcurso de la semana para poner este programa, algunos aquí a las 6:30 am todos los días.


Estamos agradecidos con todos los que se unen para hacer realidad el desayuno: voluntarios, personal y nuestros dedicados seguidores de la comunidad. El MLK ofrece más de 11,000 comidas a través del programa de desayuno en el transcurso de un año, y ahora que este programa se ha expandido, su apoyo es más necesario que nunca. Son las donaciones de los miembros de la comunidad las que hacen posible programas como el desayuno.


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UNA SEMANA DE MÚSICA EN EL MLK

FOTO: Los miembros de Third Coast Percussion muestran a los Summer Campers que cualquier cosa puede ser un instrumento ... incluso bloques de madera.

THIRD COAST PERCUSSION: El viernes, los estudiantes del campamento de aventuras de verano de MLK disfrutaron de un taller interactivo, "Think Outside the Drum", y la actuación de la ganadora del Grammy Third Coast Percussion, gracias a Newport Music Festival. Los estudiantes aprendieron los "componentes básicos de la música", experimentaron el repertorio del cuarteto y tuvieron tiempo para algunas preguntas y respuestas. Siguiente, Newport Music Festival bienvenida Third Coast Percussion a Newport con una actuación en la Great Friends Meeting House. Estos programas fueron patrocinados por Betsy Blair y Jim Van Winkle, con apoyo adicional proporcionado por BankNewport y el NewportFed Charitable Foundation.

ROBERTICO ARIAS PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE: El miércoles, celebramos nuestra segunda actuación en la serie de conciertos "Live from the [Loading] Dock". La luz del sol finalmente pudo unirse a nosotros, y el conjunto de percusión de Robertico Arias ofreció una actuación estelar, animada y optimista en un jardín delantero repleto de MLK. Se sirvieron perros calientes y hamburguesas, y la gente (y los bebés peludos) se levantaron para bailar, disfrutando de la música, la compañía y el sol. Esta serie se ofrece en colaboración con Common Fence Music, y la actuación del miércoles fue patrocinada generosamente por nuestros amigos en Caleb & Broad y Point Wine & Spirits. Asegúrese de ver el próximo espectáculo (y el concierto final del verano) el miércoles 11 de agosto de 4:30 a 6 pm. The Vox Hunters estará actuando!

IMAGINATION LIBRARY: Uno de nuestros amigos más pequeños, Baker, acaba de recibir su más reciente Imagination Library reserve en el correo para este mes! Su madre, Taylor, voluntaria de MLK, dijo que a Baker le encanta recibir su nuevo libro por correo.


Mediante Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL),Todos los niños del condado de Newport desde el nacimiento hasta los 5 años son elegibles para recibir un libro gratis por correo cada mes. DPIL se fundó con la creencia de que todos los niños deberían tener una biblioteca propia y el reconocimiento del valor de que los padres lean a los pequeños a una edad tan temprana. DPIL se presenta al condado de Newport gracias a una colaboración con el Centro Comunitario MLK y el patrocinio de la Fundación de la Familia Bazarsky. ¿Conoce a un niño menor de 5 años en el condado de Newport? ¡Asegúrese de que sus padres los registren!

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CAMPAMENTO DE VERANO: La semana pasada en el campamento de verano, los campistas eran zoólogos: lecciones y actividades centradas en la exploración de diferentes especies animales. Los estudiantes disfrutaron de lecciones de alfabetización, STEAM (ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería, arte y matemáticas), disfrutaron de viajes a la playa (¡cuando el clima lo permitió!), Hicieron viajes a Prescott Farm, la Naval Undersea War College, y SailNewport, y mucho más. Cuando un miembro de la familia le preguntó qué había estado haciendo en el campamento, Summer Camper Sawyer exclamó: "¡Hicimos matemáticas! Me encantan las matemáticas. ¡Alfabetizamos, vamos a la playa y recogí cangrejos ermitaños!"


El campamento de verano es posible gracias al generoso apoyo de personas de toda la comunidad y donantes como BankNewport.

FUNCIÓN DE DESPENSA DE ALIMENTOS: Necesitamos cereales de todo tipo

El verano está oficialmente en pleno apogeo, lo que significa que no hay clases y muchas familias que padecen inseguridad alimentaria ya no tienen programas de comidas escolares en los que depender. En 2018, alrededor del 64% de los estudiantes de las escuelas públicas de Newport recibieron comidas gratuitas o de costo reducido en la escuela. Pero esa inseguridad alimentaria no desaparece simplemente una vez que suena la campana de la escuela.

Dado que los niños no van a la escuela, nuestra solicitud de despensa de alimentos para el mes de julio es una variedad de cereales. No solo es un favorito entre los niños, sino que es una comida o un refrigerio que los niños pueden preparar solos. Un momento de una despensa de comida móvil reciente se quedó con nosotros: un niño de 10 años se acercó a un miembro del personal en una despensa de comida móvil y le pidió solo una caja de cereal. Estaba agradecido y se lo podía ver caminando de regreso a su casa comiéndoselo directamente de la caja.

Por supuesto que a los niños les encantan las cosas azucaradas, pero pedimos una variedad de cereales, así que hay algo para todos. Los cereales integrales con bajo contenido de azúcar son ideales tanto para adultos como para niños. Le invitamos a pasar por nuestro muelle de carga en el sitio en el Centro de lunes a viernes, de 8:30 a. M. A 5:00 p. M. Para dejar cualquier donación. ¡Gracias!

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Ver todo: Google Calendar / Facebook events Volunteers wanted! El MLK está buscando cocineros voluntarios para preparar comidas para nuestro programa de desayuno. Tampoco tienes que ser una persona mañanera, ¡puedes preparar la comida con anticipación! Si está interesado en ser voluntario con nosotros, complete un online volunteer application. Online registration is open: Tu puedes ahora register para Zumba, "Toning in '21", Yoga y Sabores Latinos online! Con este sistema, puede registrarse, reprogramar y cancelar citas cómodamente cuando lo desee. Le sugerimos que cree una cuenta para facilitar la administración de la cuenta (después de registrarse en su primera clase, se le indicará). Si no puede registrarse en línea, siempre puede comunicarse con Mel via email o por teléfono para registrarse: (401) 846-4828. Grupos de Facebook: Recientemente hemos abierto dos grupos privados de Facebook: un grupo paraParents & Families of MLK Students, y un grupo para MLK Community Center Volunteers. ¡Únase a la conversación!

  • Desayuno para llevar de lunes a viernes, de 7:30 a 8:30 a. M. (Entrada de Marcus Wheatland Blvd)

  • Despensa de alimentos: lunes, miércoles y viernes de 10 a 14 horas y miércoles por la noche de 16 a 18 horas; primer sábado de cada mes de 10 a.m. a 12 p.m.

  • Entrega de Food 2 Friends para personas mayores confinadas en el hogar. Contact Ed para más información

  • Mobile Food Pantry visitas a comunidades en todo el condado de Newport. Schedule

  • Pan diario: de lunes a viernes en la entrada de Marcus Wheatland Blvd, hasta agotar existencias

  • Produce to the People @ the MLK (anteriormente Veggie Days): distribución semanal de verduras en el MLK Center, los jueves de 10 am a 1 pm o hasta agotar existencias.

  • Produce to the People @ Newport Heights: ¡La distribución semanal gratuita de verduras del Centro está en camino para el verano! A partir del 1 de junio, todos los martes durante el verano de 10 a. M. A 1 p. M. (O hasta agotar existencias), obtenga productos locales gratuitos para usted y su familia. Ubicado detrás del Florence Gray Center en Newport (en W. Evans St, entre Girard Ave y John H. Chafee)

  • Grab & Go Lunch: Todos los martes y jueves de 11:30 a 13:00 horas. Patrocinado por Blount Fine Foods. ¡Libre! Menú TBD.

  • Live from the [Loading] Dock, Serie de conciertos de veran