Martin Luther King Day of Service
A Day On, Not a Day Off

Not a Day Off, But a Day On. 
We will be hosting our
10th annual MLK Day of Service on

Monday, January 15, 2018
9AM to 1 PM.

If you would like to be more involved on MLK Day, please call or e-mail Kris at

ALL items are welcomed and appreciated at anytime. Thank you.

The theme for this event was 
inspired by this quote from

Martin Luther King, Jr.

We will be opening our church to provide anyone in need the opportunity to use our facility for a hot shower,
and to wash their clothes. 
We will be offering haircuts (a simple trim), a health screening, breakfast and lunch. 
Community Service opportunities will also be available. 

Here is how YOU can help. 
For the TWO Sundays in January (prior to the 15th)
we are asking for donations:
NEXT SUNDAY, January 7th    
Undie Sundie (NEW underwear in your size (or not)
to be given to clients) and
Health and Beauty (combs, brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, etc) 
SUNDAY, January 14th   
Socks (NEW socks, any size)  
Also:  All kinds of FRUIT  (for clients to take home) 
Just drop in the shopping cart, in the Atrium,
marked MLK and Thank You!

Martin Luther King display at the door.

Breakfast was served from the very start, 8:00 a.m.

A look at the past...
Sign in - a host would greet the client

and explain the services available.


Lunch was served at 11:30 a.m.

Clients could help themselves to packaged food and drinks (right).

Throughout the church clients had the
opportunity to select from a variety
of free products to take with them.

A children's activity table was provided for
the children of clients and volunteers.

Any food left over was made avaialble.

Dr. Matthew Burdette demonstrates an osteopathic
manipulation treatment.  Not pictured here,

chiropractic services were offered by Dr. Brent Reiche
(a member of our congregation).

Many took advantage of various places to rest, talk, reflect, or enjoy the moment.

Hair stylists dontated their time to offer simple cuts.

Advice was avaialble regarding medications, including affordability and suppport.

Anyone could go into the sanctuary and
see coverage of the Obama inauguration
on the large screens.


Many took advantage of toiletries, clothing,
hats, coats, mittens, shoes, sunglasses, etc.

As with any effort of this magnitude, volunteers
provided many hours of behind-the-scenes support to help meet the needs of visitors.

As well as the many products ready for the taking,
First Parish's shower 
facilities were open for use.

Throughout the day many youths and a number of
youth groups provided volunteer service for the cause.

Kris Galasyn (on right), Director of Christian Education and Youth at First Parish, coordinated our MLK event. Above, she is sharing our story with a reporter from the Portland Press Herald, Gilliam Graham.

All photos on this page were taken
with each client's permission.


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