PROJECTS & PROGRAMS

Annual MLK Day

In honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, the members of Men & Women of Character, Org. work alongside our youth groups each year to complete one of the following projects on

MLK Day of Service

Blessing Bags: we put together 100 bags filled with nonperishable items that we donate to the local soup kitchen and/or homeless shelters.

  • Serve meals at a local homeless shelter or family preservation center.

  • Participate in a neighborhood clean-up project.

  • Plan an "American Sunday Supper" event with local residents.

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Playing Foosball

Serving Seniors

In an effort to "bridge the years" between our youth and seniors, members work with local senior citizen residential homes and day programs.  Our work with the seniors include, but is not limited to the following:​​

  • Movie Night:   Youth and seniors watch a movie that promotes a positive discussion.  Our group will provide dinner and snacks.

  • Chat & Chew:   Youth and seniors dine together while responding to table topics provided by all participants.  Senior will provide cards with questions for youth and youth, in turn, would do the same. 

  • Teaching Tech:   Youth teach seniors the basics of using the internet.

Packs & Perks for Patients

Members of both groups work with local hospitals and children'shospitals in the area to provide a little happiness to their day.

  • Create and deliver age-appropriate care packages to patients.

  • Read to patients upon request.

  • Fun day activities for youth patients.

  • Put on holiday shows for patients.

  • Create projects for long-term patients and revisit to check on their progress.

  • Conduct community service projects

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BLESSING BAGS

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Reinforcing our Commitment to Community

Reinforcing our Commitment to Community

With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. Our Blessing Bag program is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause and how your can possibly help.

Ongoing Projects and Programs

  • Participate in National Youth Service Day in April.

  • Organize a coat drive in which old coats are donated for use by needy people.

  • Decorate a Christmas tree at a nursing home, hospital, school, or homeless shelter.

  • Promote tolerance and understanding of differences.

  • Volunteer at a health fair.

  • Volunteer at other local groups and organizations' events.

  • Create a campaign against drugs and alcohol.

  • Create and distribute a list of hotlines for kids who might need help

  • Conduct a voter’s registration drive.

  • Organize a public issues forum for candidates.

  • Help cook and/or serve a meal at a homeless shelter.

  • Donate art supplies to kids in a homeless shelter.

  • Make a care package with mittens, socks, T-shirts, etc. for a child at a homeless shelter.

  • Make first aid kits for homeless shelters.

  • Read to youth at a homeless shelter.

  • Collect items to deliver to homeless shelters (blankets, sheets, towels, toys, books, disposable diapers.)

  • Volunteer to help at a Special Olympics event.

  • Prepare sack lunches and deliver them to homeless or homebound people.

  • Set up an art exhibit at a local business, school, or nursing home.

  • Set up an informational display at a local library.

  • Volunteer to help set up for a community event.

  • Clean up a vacant lot.

  • Collect supplies for persons who have been in a fire or natural disaster.

  • Participate in an annual parade.

  • Lend a helping hand at a local community center.

  • Volunteer at a community garden

  • Clean up trash along a river or in a park.