Martin Luther King, Jr. Month of Service Learning

If you have a child that is interested in active service in our community, please consider joining our group of Service Learners. Kids as young as 5 and as old as 17 can sign up to participate in any number of meaningful service projects for youth volunteers, throughout the month of January! Participants can earn service hours, develop a sense of civic engagement, and learn through active and meaningful service to others.  

While many kids have experience with indirect service like fundraising and soliciting donations, participants in this service learning opportunity will actively engage in direct service.  The efforts of this service will focus on members of our community who are experiencing temporary or chronic homelessness and hunger or food insecurity. Details about each volunteer opportunity are listed below. 

Participation in any of the Service Learning events can be applied to required service hours for students, scouts, etc.  Service Learners who complete 8 hours or more of volunteering with the group will receive a Service Learning certificate and will be invited to an exclusive event, recognizing their community efforts. 
Click here to sign up!


Who was Dorothy Day?
Dorothy Day House of Hospitality (Ages 5 and up)

The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality (DDHH) provides temporary housing and support to families who are homeless. There are many causes of homelessness, but very few options for families to stay together through hard times. DDHH believes that keeping families together while homeless gives them a better chance of rebuilding their lives. The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality depends entirely on monetary and in-kind donations from private donors and charitable organizations. Each Monday night, volunteers prepare and share a meal with the residents of the home.

There are two different dates for which Service Learners may sign up to either prepare or serve a meal (or both). Meals will be prepared at the Skeen House, in East Memphis. Meals will be served at DDHH, located on Poplar Avenue, in Midtown. **Anyone signed up to prepare a meal will be assigned an ingredient to contribute.

Where is Room in the Inn?
Room in the Inn - Memphis (Ages 7 and up)

During the winter months, Room in the Inn (RITI) operates through various churches to provide overnight shelter for homeless members of the Memphis community. From November 1 through March 31, RITI provides dinner and breakfast, a shower (depending on the facilities available) and a warm bed to sleep in for guests one night a week.

The Service Learners will support RITI on four different dates at the Trinity Education Building, located in Midtown. Supporting tasks include setting the table, arranging sleeping quarters, and making beds. How well does your child make his/her bed? After volunteering at RITI, that's sure to improve! Guests of RITI will not be present while Service Learners are preparing the facility. However, you can contact me for details on serving/attending dinner and staying for evening entertainment, such as board games.


How can I volunteer at the soup kitchen?
St. Mary's Soup Kitchen (Ages 5 and up)

St. Mary's Catholic Church Soup Kitchen has been operating continuously for 144 years. Six days a week, the organization serves the poor, homeless and less fortunate in the Memphis community. They average more than 300 servings a day! Every guest of the soup kitchen receives a meat sandwich, a peanut butter sandwich, a 16oz. cup of soup, and a snack.

The Service Learners will support St. Mary's Soup Kitchen by preparing peanut butter sandwiches... A LOT of peanut butter sandwiches! But we're not just going to make the sandwiches, we're going to engage in a little friendly competition, challenging participants to work together to prepare and package the best peanut butter sandwiches EVER!  **Anyone signed up for this event should bring a minimum of two loaves of bread. Please feel free to bring more!

Check back often, additional Service Learning dates will be posted!!

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