Long Beach Virtual MLK Day of Celebration and Service
January 18, 2021
Leadership Long Beach is proud to partner with Councilwoman Dr. Suely Saro representing the 6th District of Long Beach and DreamKreator Studios to present a Virtual MLK Day of Service and Celebration to provide the community with inspiring and engaging ways to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. Over the last decade, thousands of volunteers have completed dozens of projects across Long Beach on this Day of Service. And although this year’s event will look different than past years because of the pandemic, the spirit and purpose of the day honoring Dr. King may be more relevant than ever.
While we are going to miss bringing people out in the community to serve together the way we have for the last 10 years, we are still going to bring attention and focus to the purpose of the day and create inspirational opportunities for the community to honor the lessons and legacy of Dr. King. The spirit of the day will not be lost!
3 Ways to Engage for MLK Day 2021
This year’s Long Beach MLK Day of Service will feature 3 components where residents can engage in service, dialogue, and activities that serve our community.
1. MLK Day Virtual Program
Join us for an online virtual celebration of MLK Day in Long Beach, including music, art, and insight from local civic, community, and social justice leaders. Through a 2-hour live “online festival” format, we will be celebrating the legacy of Dr. King and sharing the importance of the day. We have partnered with Dream Kreator studio to produce the program.
Links to join will be posted in January.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
2. “Courageous Conversations about… Bias” Forum (APPLY NOW!)
A virtual conversation forum for community members to raise awareness and understanding of unconscious racial bias. This project’s mission is to carry the torch of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King on the day that pays homage to his life’s passion and work.
We are seeking 30 community members to participate in this online forum on MLK Day. Apply Now!
NOTE: To correctly document the diversity within this experience, we are requesting that you please share your demographic information with us. Please respond with “Prefer not to answer” if you do not feel comfortable sharing specific details.
Applications are now closed. We look forward to hearing from our residents! We will the results from this forum as soon as possible.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
3. Virtual Service Projects
The heart of the MLK Day of Service – community members coming together to serve Long Beach in projects across the city. To be as safe and responsible as possible, our traditional large-scale community projects will not happen this year, unfortunately. Instead, we will be hosting a series of fun, educational, and productive projects that you can participate in virtually, from home, safely.
Sign up links coming soon!
“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service… You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”
Silver Letters Campaign
The Silver Letters Campaign is an effort to reach out to seniors suffering from isolation through personal letters. We have partnered with a local Long Beach Senior Care Facility to connect community members to isolated residents.
You will have the opportunity to reach out to a senior and write a meaningful letter. We also encourage kids to get involved – a picture from a child would be a great addition to a letter!
GO Beautify Long Beach
In partnership with The MAYE Center, community members will receive a short online training on the ‘GO Long Beach’ app and then be deployed throughout the city to report blight and beautification opportunities.
You will have the opportunity to help make our Long Beach more beautiful!
Community Care Packages
We are partnering with The Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion and the Long Beach Food Support Network to prepare community care packages that can be put together by community members and dropped off to be distributed to a network of 9 food pantry partners across the city.
THE NEED TO SERVE
The Long Beach Food Support Network is a collection of 9 food pantry partners and 3 neighborhood groups in Long Beach that have been working to meet the growing food insecurity needs of underserved communities in our city. Typically, the network collectively serves more than 1,500 households every week, as the need for free food has grown throughout the COVID pandemic.
Fortunately, our local and regional food partners have responded to the crisis allowing Long Beach to bring additional food to our city to support this network. However, the needs of community members continue to grow and residents could benefit greatly from additional items besides food.
CARE PACKAGE CONTENTS
To help our neighbors, we are asking the community to put together care packages that our food pantry partners can distribute to those residents they serve. We have talked with the pantries and below are some items that are needed.
Full-size Hygiene Items (Placed together in large ZipLoc Bags)
· Toilet Paper
· Paper Towels
Kitchen Items – We would like to encourage healthy cooking and eating by providing the following foods that are not generally provided by food banks.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Please collect items in boxes or bags. Please donate only new, sealed products – partially used products are a potential health hazard. Some of these items may be stored for several weeks before distribution.
Items should be dropped off at the Office of Councilmember Rex Richardson’s field at office at 6509 Gundry Ave. the week of the MLK Day of Service.
Thank you to our sponsors and partners!
Leadership Long Beach is thankful to the numerous sponsors and Community Partners who make this event possible.