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46 Turn out for Inaugural Lynn MLK Day of Service

MLK Day Photo

46 Lynn residents turned out January 16th to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by serving the community. The event was co-sponsored by the East Lynn Community Association, Girls Inc., Centerboard, SCI Lynn, Communities That Care and the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance.

Participants, including groups from Project Cope, Cub Scout Pack 121 from Troop 121 at St. Mary’s in Lynn and the NAACP, volunteered on projects at the YMCA and the Lynn Shelter Association in addition to collecting food, school supplies and winter wear at local businesses.

“We would really like to thank Lynn City Hall, Shaw’s Supermarket, Walgreens and Compare Supermarket for hosting our food, school supplies and winter wear collection locations,” said organizer Jesse Jaeger of the East Lynn Community Association. “We would especially like to thank Compare Supermarket and Al Calvo, owner of Compare and SCI Board Member, for matching items donated by their customers.” In total approximately $1000 worth of food, school supplies and winter wear were collected that were donated to the Lynn Shelter Association, My Brother’s Table, the Lynn Public Schools and the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance.

Organizers said that they hope that this is the first of many future MLK Days of Service in Lynn. “There was a tremendous response from the community to volunteer,” said Briana Iacovetta, SCI Lynn Americorp Member who coordinated volunteers for the event. “More people expressed interest then we could accommodate so hopefully next year we will find even more service opportunities for people to participate in.”

If Lynn community members or agencies have an idea for a service project for next year’s Lynn MLK Day of Service they can contact the East Lynn Community Association at 781-346-9060.

Photo: GayLynne Samsonoff (on right) at Compare Supermarket 

MLK Day of Service

MLK Day Logo

Join us in celebrating MLK Day of Service in Lynn, MA! We are collecting hat, scarves, gloves, school supplies and non-perishable food items for the city of Lynn--to be given to Lynn public schools and My Brother's Table. Volunteers are needed on Monday, January 16th from 12pm to 6pm to collect donations at businesses, transport donations from businesses to Girls Inc., and sort donations at Girls Inc. On Monday, January 16th all volunteers must sign in at Girls Inc. 15 minutes prior to their shift, where they will be given their assignments. Additionally, all voluneers are invited to join us for an "After-Party" at Girls Inc. to celebrate our hard work through food, music, and great peolpe!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED by Monday, January 9th. 

Click here to register.

Part of the Solution

        Part of the Solution (POS) serves as the youth counterpart of the Communities That Care Coalition.  The goal of POS is to create, provide and participate in activities focused around diminishing their peers' exposure to drugs and alcohol.  Please take a look at the attached flyer for ways to get involved with this program.  The next meeting is September 29th @ 5:00 p.m. at Girls Inc. of Lynn 50 High Street, 3rd Floor.

'Tis the Season to Bust the Myths

Underage drinking and fatal accidents dramatically increase this time of year. Educate yourself.

Myth #1: "Kids are going to drink anyway- It's a rite of passage."

REALITY: Contrary to popular belief, most kids don't drink. In Lynn, anonymous student surveys show that the majority of teens- including 61% of 10th graders and 53% of 11th graders- have not consumed alcohol during the past 30 days. Research shows that misperceptions that "everybody's doing it" actually make young people more likely to drink alcohol. On the other hand, when these misperceptions are corrected, and kids realize that "NOT everybody's doing it," they are less likely to drink alcohol.

To read more myths and find out what you can do to prevent underage drinking please click here to view the actual 'tis the season to bust the myths' document provided by Communities That Care (CTC) and Girls Inc.

Adult & Teen Volunteers Needed for Teen Anti-Drinking Campaign!

As an SCI AmeriCorps member this year, I will advise Communities that Care's (CTC)Part of the Solution youth council, as well as assist with other prevention and engagment programs for teens in the cRead more

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