2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

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Please be advised that in an effort to keep volunteers, organizers, staff and other partners as safe as possible, the Village of Flossmoor and our project hosts have implemented a vaccination requirement or negative COVID test for all indoor, in-person Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service projects. For those not vaccinated, the Village will accept a negative PCR or rapid test (PCR preferred but rapid acceptable) that was taken at a COVID testing site, between January 14 and January 16, 2022. At-home rapid tests will not be accepted. Test results must contain the person’s name and date of testing. Please bring the negative test and a photo-ID to your project site.

Volunteers will need to provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID tests for the following projects. Individuals dropping off donation items to these projects will not be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.

  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace
  • Girl Scout Troop 627's "Birthday-In-A-Box"
  • PLAN4Success at Flossmoor Village Hall
  • Soles4Souls at Western Avenue School
  • Respond Now Classical Concert
  • You Matter 2 at Heather Hill School

We are also requiring that all attendees, staff, organizers and volunteers wear masks during the entirety of the event. N95 or KN95 masks are encouraged. Project organizers may also implement their own mitigation efforts, or additional personal protection equipment, at their project site as well.

**If you have recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID or does not feel well, or you or a member of your household does not feel well, please stay home. We appreciate your understanding as we attempt to implement important safety measures to make our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service a successful day of community, unity and service.

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Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a national nonprofit organization that recruits partners and local volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. Child bedlessness is a national problem, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace has provided the solution. Sleep in Heavenly Peace believes that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional and mental support that a child needs and has taken that mission from the organizations local neighborhood to opening chapters all across the nation!

Sign up to volunteer to assist in the building of bunk beds alongside the Flossmoor Community Relations Commission, Sleep in Heavenly Peace organizers, the Flossmoor Fire Department and the Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department Corps. Be sure to select the Oak Forest IL Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace and specifically select the volunteer date of January 16, 2022 (01-16-2022) to volunteer for the Flossmoor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service project.

To accommodate for weather, size and spacing, this project will take place at the Flossmoor Public Works Department located at 1700 Central Park Avenue in Flossmoor. The Public Works facility is best accessed on Central Park Avenue from Volmer Road (turn at the new Dunkin' Donuts location) or from Governors Highway (turn at W. 198th Street at the Flossmoor Executive Center).

Help build a bed for a child in need!

This project is sponsored by the Flossmoor Community Relations Commission in partnership with the Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department Corporation, which donated $2,000 for building materials. The donation will contribute to the construction of 10 twin bunk beds with mattresses purchased by Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

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Can't Build but Want to Participate? Help Us Buy Bedding!

Not a builder or are unavailable on Sunday, January 16, 2022? That's ok, there is still a great way to get involved with our Sleep in Heavenly Peace project! 

In addition to building the beds, we are also inviting the community to help us fit the beds with brand-new, cozy bedding. You can purchase one or more bedding sets through an Amazon Wishlist curated by the Community Relations Commission, to accompany one of the constructed beds, or to help support Sleep in Heavenly Peace's mission going forward!

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Day of Service Project Host: Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Flossmoor Community Relations Commission

Volunteer Coordinator: Dave King, dave.king@shpbeds.org, (844) 432.2337 x 5528 

Project Description: Sign up to volunteer to assist in the building of beds alongside the Flossmoor Community Relations Commission, Sleep in Heavenly Peace organizers, the Flossmoor Fire Department and the Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department Corps. Be sure to select the Oak Forest IL Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace and specifically select the volunteer date of January 16, 2022 (01-16-2022) to volunteer for the Flossmoor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service project.

Project Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Project Location: Flossmoor Public Works Department, 3558 198th St, Flossmoor. The Public Works facility is best accessed on Central Park Avenue from Volmer Road (turn at the new Dunkin' Donuts location) or from Governors Highway (turn at W. 198th Street at the Flossmoor Executive Center).

Volunteers Needed: 50

Volunteer Requirements: No experience needed

To Sign-up, or for more information: https://shpbeds.allegiancetech.com/cgi-bin/qwebcorporate.dll?idx=X58KFQ

Please, download, complete and return the required release form prior to the start of construction on Sunday, January 16.

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a national nonprofit organization that recruits partners and local volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch beds to children and families in need. Child bedlessness is a national problem, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace has provided the solution. Sleep in Heavenly Peace believes that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional and mental support that a child needs and has taken that mission from the organizations local neighborhood to opening chapters all across the nation!

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Day of Service Project Host: Forest Preserves of Cook County

Volunteer Coordinator: Steven DeFalco, stephen.defalco@cookcountyil.gov, (312) 533-5729

Project Description: Don’t you sometimes just want to escape? Explore the natural beauty of Cook County for an hour, a day or even a night. When you’re surrounded by 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful, there’s no better place to feel free. Join us as we restore native habitat by removing invasive species and doing a litter clean up. No experience necessary. Giving back drives happiness, boosts self-esteem and builds community with others!

Project Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Project Location: Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 Paxton Ave., South Holland, IL

Volunteers Needed: 100

Volunteer Requirements: No experience needed

To Sign-up, or for more information: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050544acae22aaf85-20225

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Give Back to the Land - Giving back drives happiness, boosts self-esteem and builds community with others. Join us in a community-based restoration project as we restore native habitat to the land by removing invasive species.

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Day of Service Project Host: Leave it For Love

Volunteer Coordinator: Vicki Stevenson, vicki@hf-homes.com, (708) 251-1500

Project Description: Make Valentine's Cards or Donate gift items for seniors! Create Valentine's Day cards at home then bring them to the project site to be delivered to local seniors. Brighten a senior's day with a sweet message or special drawing. Younger kids are encouraged to make little drawings or writing "Happy Valentine's Day." Older kids and adults should write a note or special message. These can be on preprinted cards or homemade.  Did you get something for Christmas that just isn't "you?" Everything from lotions, to cozy socks, to adult coloring books, to jewelry or non-perishable foods. If weather permits we'll also have a table out front to make cards on the spot!

Project Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Project Location: HF Homes/eXp Realty & Bookman's Outpost, 1044 Sterling Avenue, Flossmoor

Volunteers Needed: Donations and cards from all!

Volunteer Requirements: Kids of all ages and adults are all welcome to participate!!  Due to space constraints, we will only be doing cards on site if the weather is nice enough to have a table outside.  

To Sign-up, or for more information: vicki@hf-homes - or come by with your cards and donations between 10 & 4

How Does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Started in 2002, Leave It for Love is a unique opportunity for you to capture the spirit of the holiday season and keep it shining all year long. This innovative gift recycling program allows you to donate unused and unwanted gifts which are then given to less fortunate older adults. Leave it for Love is good for the environment, easy on the pocket book and great for the spirit!

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Day of Service Project Host: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc Chi Lambda Lambda Chapter

Graduate Chapter of National Fraternity, hosting service projects throughout the year including Annual Blood Drive, Annual Turkey Basket Give-Away to South Suburban Communities, Mentoring, Health fair, and Voter Registration Drive.

Volunteer Coordinator: Hubert Stalling, hubertstalling@yahoo.com, (708) 309-8124

Project Description: Blood Drive with Versiti Blood Center held at Irwin Community Center in Homewood from 11am -4pm

Project Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Project Location: Irwin Community Center, 18120 Highland Ave, Homewood, IL

Volunteers Needed: 55

Volunteer Requirements: Sign up to donate Blood

To Sign-up, or for more information: https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/5598150

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was one of action, one of helping others. As a Fraternity one of our mandated programs is an annual Blood Drive that we host in June. This year understanding the need for blood right now due to shortages because of the pandemic we wanted to take action and see if we could help others now.

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Day of Service Project Host: Flossmoor Hills Elementary School

Volunteer Coordinator: Haley Marti, hmarti@sd161.org, (708) 647-7100

Project Description: We will be meeting in the front of Flossmoor Hills school to clean up the surrounding area, community walking path playgrounds, etc. to help make it a beautiful spot for the community to enjoy, exercise, and play.

Project Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Project Location: Flossmoor Hills Elementary School, 3721 Beech Street, Flosssmoor, IL

Volunteers Needed: N/A

Volunteer Requirements: We will be picking up trash and other items from the ground. We will supply the trash bags but please bring gloves to wear and dress warmly as we will be outdoors. Hope to see you then!

To Sign-up, or for more information: hmarti@sd161.org

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

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Day of Service Project Host: Girl Scout Troop 627 (PROJECT FULL)

Volunteer Coordinator: Karen Cheung, russellke@gmail.com, (814) 386-5166

Project Description"Birthday-In-A-Box"  Many children experiencing homelessness or foster care never receive a birthday party. Girl Scout Troop 627 has partnered with PADS to help ensure every child in their program receives party-like- supplies for their special day.  We will decorate and stuff shoe boxes with birthday plates and napkins, decorations, party-favors, etc.  PADS currently has over 100 children in shelters and housing.

Volunteers can help in numerous ways:

  • Shop our Amazon Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1NDH0YNFXA1B6?ref_=wl_share
  • Shop locally for party supplies and arrange pickup or drop off with Karen Cheung at russellke@gmail.com
  • Help in-person the day of by signing up
  • Make your own with shoeboxes at home and drop-off on MLK Day, or make arrangements with Karen at russellke@gmail.com

Project Time: 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Project Location: Flossmoor Community House, 847 Hutchison Street, Flossmoor, IL

Volunteers Needed: PROJECT FULL

Volunteer Requirements: All ages welcome, under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  Masks are required.

To Sign-up, or for more information: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050544acae22aaf85-20222

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?: Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness. Over the last 29 years, South Suburban PADS has helped over 18,000 individuals escape homelessness.

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Day of Service Project Host: PLAN4SUCCESS

Volunteer Coordinator: Nickie Brookens, PLAN4Success2day@gmail.com, (708) 790-4247

Project DescriptionPLAN4SUCCESS will collect socks of all sizes for the homeless shelter and deliver them to Public Action to Deliver Shelter and Pacific Gardens Homeless Shelter or South Surburban Shelter. Socks are the most needed but least donated article of clothing for those experiencing homelessness. 9 out of 10 people who have donated clothing have never donated a pair of socks. Donations can be taken to Flossmoor Village Hall starting January 1, 2022.

Project Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Project Location: Flossmoor Village Hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor, IL

Volunteers Needed: 20

Volunteer Requirements: Volunteers will come from our teen cohort.  We are also asking for donations.

To Sign-up, or for more information: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050544acae22aaf85-20221

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?: PLAN4SUCCESS is a premier resource foundation that provides practical life skills to adolescence and young adults in the areas of Career Development, Financial Literacy, and College Prep. Our priority is to allow underserved youth in Chicago the opportunity to become bigger contributors to society as they Participate to Learn how to take Action and Network.

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Day of Service Project Host: PLAN4SUCCESS 

Volunteer Coordinator: Nickie Brookens, PLAN4Success2day@gmail.com, (708) 790-4247

Project DescriptionPLAN4SUCCESS will collect packaged store-bought baked goods for local service agencies who serve our community including our Police and Fire Departments coupled with the 911 center throughout the South Suburbs.  Volunteers will organize pre-baked goods and snacks to deliver to the local stations in the South Suburbs as an act of kindness to our 1st Responders.

Project Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Project Location: 1353 Poplar Court, Homewood, IL

Volunteers Needed: 30

Volunteer Requirements: Our teen cohort will volunteer for this program.  We are asking other volunteers to donate pre-packaged baked goods and snacks.

To Sign-up, or for more information: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050544acae22aaf85-2022

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?: PLAN4SUCCESS is a premier resource foundation that provides practical life skills to adolescence and young adults in the areas of Career Development, Financial Literacy, and College Prep. Our priority is to allow underserved youth in Chicago the opportunity to become bigger contributors to society as they Participate to Learn how to take Action and Network.

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Day of Service Project Host: Western Avenue Elementary School 

Volunteer Coordinator: Gina Isabelli, gisabelli@sd161.org, (708) 647-7400

Project DescriptionCommunity members can drop off shoes at Western Avenue from 9:30 am - noon. We will be collecting gently used shoes to donate to DSW Soles4Souls. After the collection, the principal will take the shoes to a DSW location.

Project Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Project Location: Western Avenue Elementary School, 940 Western Avenue, Flossmoor, IL

Volunteers Needed: 2

Volunteer Requirements:  Proof COVID vaccination

To Sign-up, or for more information: Gina Isabelli, gisabelli@sd161.org

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?: Soles4Souls turns unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunities by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use: providing relief, creating jobs, and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty. Soles4Souls has been able to distribute more than 73 million pairs of shoes and pieces of clothing in 129 countries since 2006.

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Day of Service Project Host: Respond Now

Volunteer Coordinator: Mayor Michelle Nelson, mnelson@flossmoor.org 

Project Description: A classical music concert featuring talented pre-collegiate student musicians from the Music Institute of Chicago.  

Project Time: 4 to 5 p.m.

Project Location: 2218 Hutchison Road, Flossmoor, IL

Volunteers Needed: 4

Volunteer Requirements: Smiles and friendly dispositions to greet attendees.

To Sign-up, or for more information: mnelson@flossmoor.org

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Respond Now provides vital services such as food, rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, prescription medications, clothing, and transportation to families in 22 communities in the Chicago Southland. Respond Now is a United Way sponsored agency with funding from private donations, government grants, and corporate and foundation support.

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Day of Service Project Host: You Matter 2, Heather Hill Elementary School

Volunteer Coordinator: Destiny Watson, dwatson@youmatter2.org, (708) 996-0871.

Project Description: Join us as we make lunches for South Suburban PADS and tie blankets for Project Kennedy!

Project Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Project Location: Heather Hill Elementary School, 1439 Lawrence Crescent, Flossmoor, IL

Volunteers Needed: 60

Volunteer Requirements: Volunteers should bring at least 1 food item: bread, lunch meat, cheese, sweet and salty snacks, lettuce and fabric for tie blankets. Proof of COVID vaccination.

To Sign-up, or for more information: dwatston@youmatter2.org 

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? You Matter 2 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides youth with a safe space to develop positive relationships, leadership skills, and discover their passions. Our mission is to provide opportunities for youth to serve and make a difference in their community.

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Day of Service Project Host: Parker Junior High School

Volunteer Coordinator: Arlene Dewey, adewey@sd161.org, (708) 647-5400

Project Description: Toiletries care packages for South Suburban PADs

Project Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Project Location: 2810 School Street, Flossmoor, IL

Volunteers Needed: 10

Volunteer Requirements: Proof of COVID vaccination.

To Sign-up, or for more information: lschroeder@sd161.org

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Day of Service Project Host: The Center for Food Equity in Medicine

Volunteer Coordinator: Maureen Mader, dunningsmarket@gmail.com, (708) 359-1285

Project Description: Food collection site for the Center for Food Equity in Medicine. 

Project Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Project Location: 1050 Sterling Avenue, Flossmoor

Volunteers Needed: 3

Volunteer Requirements: Assist in the collection on food items.

To Sign-up, or for more information: dunningsmarket@gmail.com

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? The Center for Food Equity in Medicine is a non-profit organization developed to assist in obtaining quality nutrition for citizens managing and maintaining wellness during a health crisis.

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Day of Service Project Host: Village of Flossmoor Green Commission

Volunteer Coordinator: Jennifer O'Keefe, jmdokeefe@gmail.com, (773) 710-7954

Project Description: Volunteers will be picking up live Christmas trees and broken lights for mulching and recycling at Irons Oaks. We will initially meet at the Irons Oaks Vollmer Road parking lot (not the Western Avenue lot) between 8:45-9 a.m. for instructions. Volunteers with trucks will pick up trees (and possibly lights), and those with cars either will assist with tree loading and unloading, or will pick up lights from Homewood and Flossmoor residents' porches. Trees and lights will be brought back to Irons Oaks by volunteers for recycling and mulching. 

Project Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Project Location: Irons Oaks Parking Lot (Vollmer Rd), Flossmoor

Volunteers Needed: 15

Volunteer Requirements: Must have a car or truck and valid license/insurance to drive. Volunteers must be 18 or older, although younger volunteers may ride with and assist their parents/guardians. Must bring gloves to protect your hands from cuts and scrapes. Must bring a face covering in case of close contact with others.

To Sign-up, or for more information: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4BAEAD2DA1FD0-mlkday

How does your project align with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? The Flossmoor Green Commission is composed of 9 residents who work to examine, and where appropriate, recommend locally feasible, Flossmoor-specific programs for Village resident education and participation in activities and practices that promote environmental awareness and behavior by residents in an effort to promote an environmentally conscientious community at the household level. Our projects include Recyclepalooza, the Flossmoor Seed Library and parkway tree planting.  

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Day of Service Project Host: Serena Hills Elementary School

Volunteer Coordinator: Elizabeth Reich, ereich@sd161.org, (708) 647-7300

Project Description: Winter coat drive. Donate a new or gently used coat. All donations will go to Together We Cope in Tinley Park. Donations are accepted Thursday, January 13 through Friday, January 21.

Project Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Project Location: Serena Hills Elementary School, 255 Pleasant Drive, Chicago Heights

Volunteers Needed: N/A

Volunteer Requirements: N/A

To Sign-up, or for more information: ereich@sd161.org