SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Registration is now open for the Scotch Plains/Fanwood MLK Day of Service on Jan. 16, 2017. 

For the eighth consecutive year, local residents will be able to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by giving back to their communities on MLK Day. The Martin Luther King Day of Service will take place in a variety of locations in Scotch Plains and Fanwood with exciting volunteer opportunities for the whole family.  

In the past, the SP/F MLK Day of Service has brought together over 700 town residents to volunteer and learn. The creators and committee members behind this day have taken Dr. King's advice to heart: "Life's most urgent and persistent question is: what are you doing for others?"

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The programs encourage the entire family to become involved locally. In previous years, some of the volunteer activities have included writing cards for the troops overseas, turning old sweaters into mittens for the homeless, assembling snack bags for local children in need and putting together toiletry care bags for a nearby shelter. This year will again provide a wide variety of age-appropriate activities.  

The SP/F MLK Day 2017 will kick off with an opening ceremony at the YMCA in Scotch Plains, NJ from 10 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Volunteer activities will begin immediately following the opening program and will be held throughout Scotch Plains and Fanwood until 5 p.m.

All interested volunteers should visit Online registration will run until Jan. 14. Same-day registration will be available during the Opening Program at the YMCA, but participants are strongly encouraged to register on-line, as space is very limited and has filled up quickly in the past.  

"This is a wonderful opportunity to bring our community together," says MLK Day Co-Chair, Michelle Shapiro Abraham. "Not only will every member of the family learn the importance of giving back, but they'll also discover all the wonderful volunteer organizations at work in their community."

Dr. King believed that "everybody can be great because everybody can serve" and residents can support this belief by donating their time and lending a hand to the many diverse and worthy organizations in their area.

SP/F MLK Day is sponsored by Social Justice Matters, Unity Bank, the towns of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, the Ministirium, the JCC of Central New Jersey, and the Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA.