Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with service activities on Jan. 20

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United Way of Delaware (UWDE) volunteers, Chemours, Corteva, DuPont and Volunteer Delaware are putting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in motion on Monday, January 20 by collaborating on community service activities across New Castle County

Opportunity #1: Hope for the Homeless
Location: United Way of Delaware, 625 N Orange St. Wilmington, DE, 19801
Time: 10:00a to 12:00p
Description: Volunteers will assemble bags of “hope” (toiletries, socks, hats, gloves, etc.)

Opportunity #2: Family Promise
Location: Family Promise, 2104 St. James Church Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808
Time: 10:00a to 12:00p
Description: Volunteers will engage in a hands-on, interactive painting project. Volunteers will paint murals inside resident cottages.

Opportunity #3: City of Wilmington / Delaware Blue Coats
Location: 76ers Field House, 401 Garasches Lane, Wilmington, DE, 19801
Time: 9:30a to 12:00p
Description: Volunteers will work with 100 students to conduct a science experiment, participate in fitness activities and create Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. cards to give to seniors.

Opportunity #4: Boy Scouts of America, Del-Mar-Va Council
Location: Chemours, 1007 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Time: 9:30a to 3:30p
Description: Volunteers will facilitate a chemistry workshop  in which scouts will participate and earn a Merit Badge.

Opportunity #5: West Side Grows – Peace March
Location: West End Neighborhood House, 710 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington, DE
Time: 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Description: Volunteers will help set up event, staff tables and provide clean up support after the event.

To honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King the Wilmington community will come together for a 2nd Annual Clean Up and 8th Annual Peace March and Community Celebration on Monday, January 20, 2020 in the West Side of Wilmington. Sponsored by a broad range of community-based organizations, all events are free and open to the public.

The theme for this year’s event is Let Our Voices Empower Our Communities – L.O.V.E. Our Communities. Let Our Voices Empower Communities means to speak up positively and effectively for change in our community. This year’s event focuses on lifting up the voices of our local Community Leaders, Small Businesses, Artists, and Organizations, all dedicating their lives to embodying the principles for which Dr. King gave his life. Events of the day are being organized with the support of West Side Grows DE, West End Neighborhood House, The Wilmington Peacekeepers, 302 Guns Down/Guerrilla Republik, Public Allies DE, Be Ready Church & CDC, the Delaware Nature Society, United Neighbors, Delaware Prevention Coalition and the Delaware Humanities.

Community Clean Up: West Side Grows Together, Be Ready CDC and the Delaware Nature Society will manage the Annual Community Clean Up to prepare the parade route. Volunteers can meet at 10:00 a.m. at Be Ready Church, 1411 W. 4th St, Wilmington, 19805. Supplies will be provided. All are welcome.

L.O.V.E Peace March: To honor Dr. King’s legacy of peace and justice and love, the peace march will start at 2:00 p.m. at the Dickerson Center at 718 North Monroe Street. Attendees of all ages will cross the 7th Street Bridge and walk up Fourth Street in a spirited and festive event committed to building a more peaceful world and loving community in Wilmington, DE. The March will be led by the Wilmington Peacekeepers.

L.O.V.E. Community Event: The March will conclude with a Community Celebration at West End Neighborhood House at 710 N Lincoln Street from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Families and participants will learn about the 2020 US Census, Youth Programs, Environmental Efficiency Projects, Mental Health, Literacy Kits, and other programs available at youth centers in the West Side and beyond. Additionally, one of our resource tables, Circa 7, a mental health clothing line, will be sponsoring a clothing drive during the event. On stage, there will be a series of performances by our local performing and visual artists. The emcees will be Jea Street Jr. and Regina Perez. The Community Celebration will focus on bringing the community together around delicious food and connecting attendees to resources. Food will be provided by local favorite restaurants in the West Side: Dominican Cafe, Jalapeno Grille, Christa Bell’s Caribbean Cuisine, and V-Trap Kitchen.

For more information about West Side Grows Together and all our partners this year please visit our pages and websites West Side Grows DE, West End Neighborhood House, The Wilmington Peacekeepers, 302 Guns Down/Guerrilla Republik, Public Allies DE, Be Ready Church & CDC, the Delaware Nature Society, United Neighbors, Delaware Prevention Coalition and the Delaware Humanities.

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.