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7th Annual BHDC (Virtual) Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 10:30

Updated: Jan 25


BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Please join the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council as we gather virtually (again, unfortunately due to COVID concerns) for the 7th Annual BHDC Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (Zoom Meeting ID: 869 7770 0579, with Passcode: 587461)


We will host an online celebration (via Zoom) gathering the community to join together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr King, along with students from GL Unfiltered, Mayor Angie Devanney, BHPD Chief Jason Massimino, Superintendent of Schools Dr Melissa Varley, and Tiffany Escott, Mission Advancement and Development Director of the Summit Area YMCA. We will reflect on the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on each of us and on our society.


While we unfortunately cannot join together to volunteer in person again this year, we have a list of a few local volunteer opportunities and encourage everyone to find their own way to make an impact on the day and, of course, whenever possible.


Here are some service opportunities we would like to share :


  • The Berkeley Heights Police Department is holding a Food Drive through February 1. They are accepting canned food and non-perishable items which can be dropped off inside of the lobby of Police Headquarters. For more details, email Sgt Chris Affinito (caffinito@bhpolice.org)

  • Silver Liming Foundation: Supporting Military Families during MLK Day of Service. Join SLF and the BH Diversity Council to honor Dr. King’s legacy and uplift our military community. Let's write a note to our military families. Full details can be found on the Silver Liming website

  • YMCA MLK Coat Drive. In celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Summit area YMCA will host our annual coat drive. We are accepting coats in all sizes for men, women and children to be donated for those in need. We are accepting donations until 1pm on January 17. The coat donation box will be in the lobby of the YMCA (59 Locust Ave, BH).

  • Overlook Auxiliary “Operation Gratitude” is accepting letters of encouragement and thanks to the OMC health care workers to show them that we care! They are accepting these letters from people of all ages, mailed between now and MLK Day of Service to: Overlook Auxiliary “Operation Gratitude”, 99 Beauvoir Ave, Summit, NJ, 07901. Drawings encouraged!

  • Moms Helping Moms Foundation is completely out of baby hygiene products and almost out of formula. Consider helping them out by donating items from their Amazon Wish List, hosting a supply drive, or dropping off donations at their warehouse in Warren, NJ. Details on the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council website (www.bhdiversity.org).

Details can be found on the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council website (www.bhdiversity.org). Please make sure you are signed up for our email updates to receive details about this and all BHDC events and updates.


The Berkeley Heights Diversity Council was founded to honor and embrace the diverse cultures and perspectives within Berkeley Heights. Our goal is to spread awareness and foster inclusion.


The BHDC is open and welcoming to all who reside in Berkeley Heights wishing to celebrate the diversity of our great town together and can be found online at www.BHDiversity.org and reached at BHdiversity@gmail.com


Originally published in TAPinto Berkeley Heights on January 12, 2022

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