AUGUSTA — The Maine Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps program through the Maine Commission for Community Service, will host a service project on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The program will be entirely powered by volunteerism.

With connection to the community and attention to areas of need, the organization and their team of volunteers will distribute collected donations of warm winter wear within the Augusta Community Warming Center.

The center, an initiative of United Way of Kennebec Valley, is housed as part of a community resources hub within St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Almost completely volunteer driven, an ongoing collaboration of several programs offers hygiene products, a food bank of both fresh and nonperishable items, clothing for all ages as well as a safe space for coffee and conversation, all under one roof.

The essence of volunteerism keeps a cycle of giving present, as these essentials are continuously collected and connected with those in need.

The MLK Day of Service will support the importance of providing warm winter clothing through the center as well as Addie’s Attic, a year-round program within the resource hub, run solely on donated clothing items.

MLK Day donations will be collected from community placed boxes at Camden National Bank, CMP, Doc Hollandaise Restaurant, Penney Memorial Church as well as the MCC main office in support of this effort.

The center and Addie’s Attic have suggested specific winter wear needed for the success of this event to be jackets, boots, mittens and socks. Donations will be sorted and distributed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteerism is a constant within the walls of St. Mark’s, and will be heightened with the presence of the organization serving in an array of roles. As a day of reflection, connection and gratitude, volunteers will also offer a chance for those receiving warm clothing to write a thank you card to any of the various organizations or volunteers involved.

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