MLK Day of Service

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The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteSALT [Schoharie Area Long Term] Recoverythe New York Folklore Society and AmeriCorps VISTA, are proud to sponsor a Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 20, 2014. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Reflection on Service: Stories of Hurricane Irene program will engage and empower residents and volunteers alike through dialogue about the storm and its impact on the community and the recovery efforts to help the people of historic Schoharie County, situated along the mighty Schoharie Creek. Our goal for the day is to begin to collect and record stories of the storm and the recovery effort so that New Yorkers of the future will have a better understanding of the storm’s impact, the residents’ will to survive, and the efforts of volunteers from across the region and the country to assist the community rebuild.

The event will be held in the social hall of the Middleburgh Reformed Church, located at 178 River St, Middleburgh, NY 12122 from 10:00a.m. until 4:00p.m.

The day will start at 10:00 a.m. with a morning workshop focused on the art of storytelling and collecting stories for volunteers and residents conducted by the New York Folklore Society, which exists to preserve and promote the unique living heritage of the state.

This will be followed by a luncheon at 12:00 p.m. with guest speaker Congressman Chris Gibson who will speak about the impact and importance of volunteerism following natural disasters.

Following the luncheon, volunteers, residents, community leaders, and AmeriCorps VISTA members will participate in round-table discussions about their experiences in Schoharie. We hope the volunteers and the members of the Schoharie community who “weathered the storm” will begin to tell and record their stories over the next year about what happened and what drives them to help one another and restore their villages and towns along the Schoharie Creek.

We intend to recognize the volunteers and all participants by listing them by name and broadcasting their recorded stories on the New York Folklore Society website. We are planning two additional storytelling and story gathering sessions in Schoharie County during the spring of 2014 to capture more of the history of the storm.

Volunteers and residents must register below to participate. All participants will receive lunch and a t-shirt commemorating the day. If you would like to participate, either as a volunteer or to share your story, Click here to register on RPI’s MLK web page!