PLATTSBURGH — Once again this year, volunteerism in the North Country will be promoted through the MLK Day of Service.
Part of President Barack Obama’s national call-to-service initiative, United We Serve, the MLK Day of Service takes place on Martin Luther King Day, this year on Monday, Jan. 20.
The North Country Regional Volunteer Center, operated by the United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc., along with the SUNY colleges in the region, are encouraging people in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties to take part in their
Basic Needs Drive, set for Jan. 20 through Feb. 3.
Among the items that will be collected are coats, scarves, hats, mittens, socks, pajamas, personal-hygiene items and baby items that will be distributed to local agencies in the seven counties.
Items can be dropped off on those days at the following locations: SUNY Plattsburgh (Center for Student Involvement, Angell College Center); Clinton Community College (Director of Campus Life Office, Moore Building 140); North Country Community College (Office of Campus & Student Life); SUNY Canton (Student Activities Office, Miller Campus Center 211); and United Way of the Adirondack Region at 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh.
Collections will be made door-to-door at SUNY Potsdam.
The North Country Regional Volunteer Center is also offering 10 mini-grants worth up to $300. They will be awarded to nonprofit agencies, organizations and groups with the purpose of doing projects that use volunteers to complete the required tasks.
The application deadline is Jan. 10.