Bedford’s Fourth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance ~ Community Breakfast and Service Projects

Community service projects are among the highlights of Bedford’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20, at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road.

Bedford Embraces Diversity and the Bedford Interfaith Clergy Network are partnering to sponsor this fourth annual observance.

The celebration will begin with a light breakfast and keynote remarks by the Rev. Vernon K. Walker of Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Cambridge, speaking on “Who’s My Neighbor?” Rev. Walker received his master’s degree in theological studies from Boston University School of Theology.  He is the program manager for the Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW), which fosters climate change resilience.  His resume also includes service in racial and economic justice.

Admission will be $5, covering the breakfast, plus a suggested donation of paper goods or toiletries for the food pantry at Middlesex Community College. This community service project will help students’ and teachers’ families in need. Appropriate items include paper towels, tissues, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, shaving cream and razors, and personal hygiene products, as well as dish and laundry detergent, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, plastic storage bags and cleaning supplies. Donations will be delivered to the Springs Road campus later in the week.

Community service projects include:

  • Visiting with residents in the community room at the Bedford Housing Authority’s senior citizen apartments on Ashby Place. A jazz ensemble from the Bedford High School Music Department will entertain. Volunteers can carpool or provide their own transportation.
  • Joining an assembly line to produce cloth bags destined for hospital patients in Haiti, who will use them to carry toiletries, medicines, and medical papers.  The team also will be making bean bags for the patients’ children. No sewing experience is necessary. This project will take place at the First Church of Christ, Congregational.
  • Writing letters to legislators addressing reforms needed in the Massachusetts prison system. Details will be provided. The letters will be hand-delivered to the State House. This project will take place at the First Church of Christ, Congregational.
  • Working with the staff at the Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Hospital on Springs Road to visit with and accompany non-ambulatory residents to a special ceremony in the hospital theater. This opportunity is scheduled for 12:30 to 2 pm on Monday afternoon.

Each project will be supervised by a member of the Bedford Embraces Diversity board or the Bedford Clergy Network.

Click the following link to register for the breakfast, and sign up for your choice of service projects,

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

Learn more about Bedford Embraces Diversity

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event!

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