Doing Good in the Neighborhood on MLK Day

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 21 is a great opportunity for residents of Chatham to use the day off work as time to volunteer with local organizations. We have a few suggestions for just how to do that, and we would love to hear yours! Keep checking back on this list – we will add more service ideas as we learn about them.


    • Spend the day in a garden
      The Farm at Penny Lane (FPL) provides holistic therapeutic services as well as fresh produce to individuals impacted by serious mental illness who living in our area. FPL hosts a garden work day on MLK Day from 3 to 5 p.m. Contact Michelle Morehouse for details.


    • Collect books to be distributed within our community
      Mia Munn
      has delivered books to laundromats for years. Last year, 847 books were taken by children or adults in Chatham. You can help this effort by collecting books for the deliveries. Contact Mia to find out how to deliver your collection.


      • Spend some time with our seniors
        Taking part of your day to visit with seniors in assisted living facilities often means more to them than you can imagine, whether it’s a quick visit, delivery of cookies or ice cream, singing to residents or participating in a craft project together. It just takes a phone call to arrange. Take the whole family! Here is a comprehensive listing with contact information of facilities in Chatham.


    • Build a better Chatham
      Chatham Habitat for Humanity hosts an MLK Day of Service build Saturday, January 19, in which volunteers can help build a home for a Chatham County family in need. Sign up here, or email Rachel Horowitz for more information.  

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