• MLK Community Center

"You Show Love By Being Kind"

Updated: Feb 15



Happy Valentine's Day!

There's so much love to go around here at the MLK Center!

This past week, Preschool students enjoyed festive arts and crafts projects thanks to a generous contribution of art supplies from our friend Shelley Schorsch. Students made Valentines for their families, exchanged Valentines and treats with each other, and made festive bags to take their goodies home in! The activity featured writing prompts about love: who they love, what they love, things they love, and what it means to love.

"You show love by being kind," a Preschool student remarked.

Our Valentine's Day grab 'n go meal was today, Friday, February 12th. McGrath's Clambakes and Catering supplied delicious chicken marsala with garlic mashed potatoes to over 250 people. We always prioritize supporting local - and our dessert vendor was as local as it gets! The special desserts for this meal were prepared by the MLK's own Kyra Bunch, Preschool Teaching Assistant by day and business owner/baker at Cupcakes by Ky at night.

And, as they have for the past few years, students at St. George's School assembled Candy Grams, which were distributed at today's Valentine's Day meal to make the day that much more sweet.

We are grateful to be able to pass on the love throughout the community!


In celebration of Black History Month (BHM), we are highlighting events taking place around our community, either remotely or socially-distanced in-person.

Events Include:

TONIGHT - Friday, February 12 at 6:30 pm: Virtual Presentation: the 50th Reverend Robert L. Williams National Black History Program. The George Downing Award will be awarded to Dr. Michael Browner Jr., and the Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Award will be awarded to Max W. Newsome. Free. Tune in at 6:30 here.

Full Schedule of BHM Events

While we strive to ensure this collection is as expansive as possible, we apologize if there are any events we have unintentionally omitted. Feel free to suggest additional programming to Gianna, MLK Community Center Marketing & Events Coordinator, via email.


LifeSpan Community Health Institute will hold a day-long Safe Sitter babysitting class at the MLK Community Center on Wednesday, February 16th for youth ages 11 - 14. The class is FREE for registered children, and spots are still available.

Class size is strictly limited to only 8 students to ensure for proper social distancing, so registration is first-come, first-served. Students will learn babysitting skills like infant and child CPR, injury prevention & management, infant & child choking rescue, childcare essentials, and more.

Register: Jeanette Nessett, (401) 444-8088 or


Stop by Cargill's upcoming job fair on Saturday, February 20th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn about current job openings in nearby North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Did we mention there's a $1,200 sign-on bonus!?

This will be a COVID-friendly event, with social distancing measures in place. Masks must be worn at all times.

Stop by in-person, apply online, or text "Jobs" to (952) 800-1459. Facebook event

FISH 'N CHIPS... FOR GOOD O'Brien's Pub & friends around the Island are contributing 10% of all fish & chips sales to the MLK Center throughout the month of February. Midtown Oyster Bar, the Atlantic Grille, and Fieldstones Grille are also participating -- and the Fitzpatrick Team and the Tavern on Broadway have agreed to match O'Brien's donation amount! What's more, Breakwater Surf Co. is offering a 25% discount on a full-priced item to anyone who shows a receipt from a participating restaurant. These promotions are month-long!


Not only do Mystic Pines Candles smell incredible, throughout the month of February 30% of candle sales (on candles not already connected to a charitable cause) will benefit the MLK Community Center. These candles come with a custom MLK label and featuring a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, a collectors item for all of our rockstar MLK Center supporters ;)

With scents like lilac, lemon cheesecake, and white tea, pick up yours today & get those cozy long weekend vibes going!


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center is humbled to be nominated in 3 categories for Newport Daily News & Newport Life Magazine's "Best of Newport County." You can vote once per day until 2/28. Want to be an all-star friend of the MLK? Bookmark the website and remember to vote once per day!

Please look for us under "Professional Services" in the Child Care, Non-Profit, and Summer Camp categories!

Vote for the MLK!

MIDDLETOWN ROTARY CHALLENGE: Help us reach our goal before Tuesday

Because they can't come together this year to raise funds for the MLK in-person as they do annually, a group of Middletown Rotarians have committed to donating $7,000 to the MLK… if an additional $7,000 or more is raised by community members and other Rotarians first. This challenge is drawing to a close: it ends this coming Tuesday, February 16th. Can you help us reach our goal, so we can unlock these matching funds? Be sure to select "Middletown Rotary Hunger Challenge" in the Optional PayPal dropdown so your contribution counts toward the goal!

Above: Rockstar Middletown Rotarians pose with the MLK's Alyson & Heather at last year's Rotary BBQ.

Help Unlock the Matching Funds!


Please note: The MLK will be closed this coming Monday, February 15th in observation of Presidents' Day.

  • Grab-n-Go Breakfast Mon-Fri, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. (Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance)

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

  • Mobile Food Pantry visits to low-income housing communities

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

  • After School program for registered students

  • Daily Bread: Mon-Fri at the Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance, while supplies last

  • 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.

  • Voter Registration for the March 2nd Special Election will be held outside the Center every daytime on-site food pantry day until January 31st

  • AARP Tax Prep: Nothing is definite, but we remain hopeful! Please stay tuned.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

(401) 846-4828