AmeriCorps Members Put Citizenship and Service in Action

January 26, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  In recognition of Dr. King's incredible legacy of service to all, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service in 1994.  Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off”. This MLK Day, the NESS SEA AmeriCorps team was joined by FoodCorps members and community volunteers to make a difference in the New London Community.

They began their day of service at St. James Episcopal Church where they cleaned and painted the former site of the New London Homeless Hospitality Center which will be used for future community programming.   It was incredible to witness the power of teamwork, in just a few short hours the volunteers had prepped the walls and painted three different rooms in the facility!

Once they finished at the church, the NESS SEA AmeriCorps team headed to the New London Community Meal Center.  While at the center they worked with the staff to clean the dining room and to prepare the evening meal.  They chopped vegetables, portioned desserts, made snacks and prepared beverages.  Each year the Community Meal Center serves over 70,000 meals to New London residents free of charge in a kind, hospitable environment.  

After the day’s events, AmeriCorps Member, Mary Dillon said “It’s a profound and deeply rewarding experience to be part of such an inspirational legacy that spans nearly half a century, following in the footsteps of a truly remarkable man.” I think that sums up the day perfectly!