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MLK Day of Service

January 15

The Chapel of the Cross community will come together on MLK Day to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a variety of service projects that will build a Beloved Community.

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Here is a list of activities planned for the day.

SECU Family House Breakfast, 7am-9am – 9 volunteers
Cook and serve breakfast at SECU Family House, a home away from home for seriously ill patients who travel to UNC Hospitals for treatment. Volunteers will prep, cook and serve breakfast at SECU Family House, 123 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill. Karen McGugan will be the group leader.

Habitat Build at Weavers Grove, 9am-12pm – 10 volunteers
Join a build crew at Weaver’s Grove, a mixed-income community in northern Chapel Hill offering affordable homeownership to Habitat families and to market-rate homebuyers. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and register by emailing Stacey Thompkins here. All minor volunteers must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian on file prior to volunteering.

North Carolina Wildlife Federation – Tri-County Conservationists, Invasive Plant Removal, 10am – 12pm
Roll up your sleeves with the Creation Care Committee in removing Chinese privet, an invasive species that is overwhelming and destroying native plants along Bolin Creek. Come equipped with long sleeved clothes and a full water bottle. Tools will be provided. Meet and park at Dickerson Court (near the Chapel Hill Community Center on Estes Drive). In just a few hours you will reclaim a lot of land for native species! Sign up at this link and enter “The Chapel of the Cross” in the field for “Business Name.” Shane Digan and Neil Pedersen will be the group leaders.

Cookie Baking with Purpose, 9am – 12pm – 10 volunteers
Bake cookies in the Chapel of the Cross kitchen for Meals on Wheels, the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, Club Nova and SECU Family House. Volunteers will bake cookies using prepared dough and will package the cookies for delivery. Allison Worthy will be the group leader.

Valentine’s Day Card Making for Meals on Wheels, 9am – 12pm, Parish Hall
Bring a smile to Meals on Wheels recipients in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and rural Orange County with a homemade Valentine’s Day Card. Personal connections made through meal delivery and cards help reduce social isolation and loneliness. Supplies will be provided. Make yourself comfortable in the Parish Hall and get creative!

Book Harvest’s Dream Big MLK Book Drive, 9am – 12pm, Parish Hall
Join in Book Harvest’s annual Dream Big Book Drive, the Triangle’s largest book drive, by donating new and gently used children’s books. All donated books will be provided to children in Durham and beyond through Book Harvest’s book access and literacy initiatives. Drop off books in the Library in early January or bring them to the Parish Hall on MLK Day.

Diaper Bank of North Carolina, Diaper Collection, 9am-12pm, Parish Hall
Help the Diaper Bank distribute dignity across North Carolina by providing essential products to help families thrive at all stages of life. Public safety net programs do not cover the purchase of diapers often leaving families with a difficult decision between buying diapers and other necessities with their limited funds. For families in need, diapers can have significant impact. Drop off donations of diapers or toddler pull-ups in the Parish Hall on MLK Day. Open packages will be accepted.

Orange County NC Animal Services, Pet Food Collection, 9am-12pm, Parish Hall
Donations always make a difference and especially now! Food for kittens and adult cats and dogs is needed – Purina Pro Plan, Royal Canin and Hills – dry and canned. Gently used items as well – leashes, including slip leashes, towels and blankets. Donated pet food supports animals at the shelter as well as pet owners who cannot afford pet food. New closed packages only.

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Questions? Contact Allison Worthy at allisonworthy@gmail.com


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