6th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, January 18, 2021 - Online Event at 10:30 A.M.
The BHDC hosted our 6th Annual celebration and opportunity to serve our community. We reflected on the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on our society and heard from some of our own local volunteers. While we cannot join together to volunteer in person, below find a list of local volunteer opportunities. MLK Jr Day of Service is a "day ON", not a "day off", so we encourage everyone to find a way to make an impact. These opportunities remain available after the online community event.
We are excited to present this year's virtual event, including these members representing so many parts of our community, coming together to celebrate Dr Martin Luther King Jr:
Berkeley Heights Diversity Council
Township Council Representative
BH Board of Education Representative
Community members including Dr. Jean Marquis
Columbia Middle School & Governor Livingston HS Diversity Committee members
Governor Livingston HS Unfiltered
Event Recording - Watch The Event
The BHDC and the Berkeley Heights Community was thrilled to present our 6th Annual MLK Jr Day of Service as an online event. Please watch the recording to hear our community share how Dr King impacted and influenced their lives.
GL Unfiltered & GL Diversity Committee - Student Voices on Dr King's Life, Legacy & Influence
Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day on not a day off. To honor his life and legacy many people across the country use this day as an opportunity to give back to their community and live out his commitment to community. If you are looking for ways to give back to the community, check out the volunteer opportunities below.
Color a Smile
Color A Smile is a nonprofit organization that distributes cheerful drawings to senior citizens, our troops overseas, and anyone in need of a smile. Every month they mail thousands of new drawings to people in the community. Volunteering is easy, use the link below to print out a picture or draw your own, color it and mail it to the color a smile program in Morristown. Help bring a smile to your community.
Diaper Drive (Virtual & In-person)
(Sponsored by Moms Helping Moms)
Moms Helping Moms Foundation’s Mission is to provide low-income families in NJ with the essential baby items that they need to give their children a safe, happy and healthy start. To help with this goal will be hosting a virtual and an in-person diaper drive.
Moms Helping Moms is in need of diaper in sizes 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 as well are baby hygiene items (e.g. wipes, diaper cream, lotion, baby wash, etc.).
Let’s work together as a community to live out the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by helping families in need. There are two ways to participate either through an in-person donation or through a virtual donation.
Moms Helping Moms Virtual Baby Care Drive (yougivegoods.com). Click on the "Shop Now" button. Open thru mid-March.
In-person Donation: Drop-off your donations in the bin located on the driveway at 178 Riverbend Road; Berkeley Heights, NJ. Starts: Sat, Jan 16 thru Sat, Jan 30
BH Giving Back - Cranes for Jackie
Help the community make paper cranes and Well Wish Cards for Jackie Erb, a 5 year-old, recently diagnosed with a rare cancer. The goal is to make one thousand paper cranes to bring positive energy and well wishes to Jackie.
Cranes are a symbol of long life and strings of 1000 paper cranes are offered as a get well wishes expressing a person’s recovery.
Please sign-up on Sign Up Genius so "Giving Back" can track the number of cranes and cards.
Don’t know how to make a paper crane? We can help! Please watch this YouTube video.
To learn more about this expression of well wishes, please check out the book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
Mask & Sock Drive - Helping People In Need With What They Need
The mission of Franciscan Charities is to tend to the critical needs of the poor, provide tools to rise above poverty and support physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Our clients represent the most vulnerable members of society: the working poor, the homeless, the disabled, the unemployed, the addicted, the abused, single mothers, children, and the elderly. We believe in the dignity of a hot meal, the comfort of a safe space, and power of a kind word.
To help this organization we are holding a Mask and Sock Collection Drive through Thursday, January 28 to gather new masks and socks that are much needed in the community which they serve.
Let’s work together as a community to help these families in need. Please drop off your donation of new masks and/or new socks to 90 Greenbriar Drive. There will be a collection box in front of the garage.
Or if you want to sign up to prepare or distribute food please go directly to their website Franciscan Charities - Home
Learn More About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
We hope you take time to learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To help, the BHDC has compiled these resources for you to use and share.
Virtual Tour of The King Center - Atlanta, GA
Take a virtual tour of the Martin Luther King Jr Center for Nonviolent Social Change, established by Mrs. Coretta Scott King in 1968. Both a traditional memorial and programmatic nonprofit, the King Center was envisioned to be "no dead monument, but a living memorial filled with all the vitality that was his, a center of human endeavor, committed to the causes for which he lived and died". More details about The King Center can be found on their website.
Interview with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Watch this eye opening interview with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr where he talks about leadership, his childhood, and the civil rights struggle in America. This amazing recording from 60 years ago is just as relevant today as it was then.
Virtual Musical Tribute Concert
Sunday, January 17 at 6pm
The National Park Service, Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Park, is hosting a musical tribute concert that is free and accessible on line. Acclaimed performing artists will perform songs that celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy.