Officials urge residents to volunteer in community to honor King's memory

A host of city officials gathered at Milford City Hall Thursday to help honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by encouraging the Milford community to celebrate the holiday weekend with community service.

Mayor Ben Blake and School Supt. Dr. Elizabeth Feser asked that Monday, Jan. 19, be observed as a “day on, not a day off.”

Residents are invited to participate in one of the many local community service organizations, from Scouts to Milford Trees.

Officials compiled the following list of local service organizations: Boy Scouts of America, CT Yankee Council; Bridges A Community Support System; United Way of Milford; Milford Senior Center; Devon Rotary; Milford Rotary; Beth-El Center; Literacy Center of Milford; Milford Kids Count; American Red Cross; Girl Scouts of Connecticut; Milford Parent Teacher Associations; Junior Women's Club of Milford; Milford Trees, Inc.; Milford's Promise; Rape Crisis Center; Boys and Girls Village; Friends of Milford Library; Young Parent Program of Milford; The Links Inc.; The Boys and Girls Club of Milford; Milford Garden Club; Milford Kiwanis and Milford Elks Club.

“The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative,” city officials said in a press release. “It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.”

The city leaders said they encourage residents to call an area service organization to get a list of volunteer opportunities, support the local food bank, organize a clothing drive, or become a mentor.

“You can use your skills to advance community education, for example if you are a financial advisor offer a free financial literacy course,” the city’s press release states.

People can “organize a book and school supply drive; plant trees; create or expand a community garden; teach healthy cooking and eating on a budget.”

Other ideas include raking leaves, shoveling snow, washing windows for parents or neighbors; teaching a senior citizen how to use a computer; picking up trash along a river, beach or park.

City officials said they encourage residents to find their own special way to give to the community.

They circulated a list compiled by the Milford Board of Education of “50 Ways to Serve," a list that ends with “Smile! Sometimes that’s all it takes to change a person’s life.”

Click here to read the publication "50 Ways to Serve."

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