Quincy Residents, Americorps Help Mark MLK Day of Service

Quincy, Mass., — The Houghs Neck Community Council maximized a mini-grant of just over $1,400.00 from the Massachusetts Service Alliance to host a “Martin Luther King Service Day” on Monday, January 18th. State Representative Tackey Chan stopped by to greet the 25 youth, 50 AmeriCorps members, and other adult volunteers. For this second annual event, a combined total of 310 hours were served. Activities produced a collection of 17 winter coats, 143 letters to troops, 264 valentines for seniors, 35 herb gardens, and 87 Goodie Bags for Homeless Children.

The City of Quincy Department of Planning & Community Development was pleased to match Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding with the MLK Service Day Mini Grant from Massachusetts Service Alliance. This event illustrates the success of championing collaborative efforts in the region. The coat drive was in partnership with the First Congregational Church of Milton who has administered the drive for several years. Coats will be cleaned by We Care Cleaners and Dependable Cleaners. Interfaith, Cradles to Crayons, and City Mission were also partner agencies in the coat drive to help with distribution. Care Packs will deliver the letters to troops to active personnel. Birthday wishes will distribute the Goodie Bags to homeless children.

Houghs Neck Community Council asks residents to mark their calendars for plans to host the Third Annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 16, 2017! For more information about other volunteer opportunities at the Houghs Neck Community Center, please contact Zoe Antonopoulos at [email protected].