2019 MLK Jr. Community Day of Service

mlkThe MLK Community Day of Service was on Monday, January 21, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at East High School, located at 2121 Emmers Drive, in Appleton. It was free and open to the public.

We hoped to use this day as both a community-wide day of helping others, but also an opportunity to share the culture of Dr. King. This included a community march, a free sampling of traditional soul foods, cultural presentations and exhibits, musical performances, and volunteering to support local nonprofit organizations. 

Our community march began at 10:00 a.m. at the main entrance off Emmers Street at Appleton East and ended in the auditorium. Our participants were inspired by student dancers, steppers, and singers and were encouraged to join in song. We learned more about Dr. King through videos and presentations, including student projects that were submitted for the MLK essay contest.

Nonprofits, community agencies, and volunteer organizations were set up in the East Commons ready to share their missions and offer opportunities to volunteer at a future date or just to learn more about how they help our community. 

The History Museum at the Castle’s “A Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Cities,” an exhibit about local Black history from the 1700s to the present, was onsite for learning and reflection.

The day culminated with an opportunity to serve others in our community. Buses took volunteers around Appleton to engage in hands-on volunteering. Volunteers chose from serving at the Community Clothes Closet, Pillars (a new organization formed through the merging of Homeless Connections, the Fox Valley Warming Shelter and the Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities), the Appleton Public Library or Habitat for Humanity’s Restore. For those that prefered to stay onsite, we also had service projects and activities available at Appleton East.

We can think of no better way to honor Dr. King than to come together, celebrate culture, and serve others.