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Volunteer for 2013

The Fierce Urgency of Now

If you are interested in volunteering for this year's events, we would love to have your energy and support. Here are the opportunities:

Friday January 18th
MLK Talent Show
@ Denfeld H.S. 4405 W. 4th Street
Need volunteers for set up etc. 5:30 - 10:30pm

Saturday January 19th
Readings, spoken word and music
@ UUC, 835 College Street
Need volunteers to help with childcare 6:15pm - 8:30pm

Sunday January 20th
Community Worship Service
@ Church of Restoration 2623 W. 2nd Street
Need volunteers for childcare 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Sunday January 20th
Set up and prep for next morning - Free Community Breakfast
@ First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Skyline Parkway
Need volunteers 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monday January 21st
Free Community Breakfast
@ First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Skyline Parkway
Need volunteers to help with tables and set up, 7:15am - 9:15am

Monday January 21st
March & Rally 9:30am - 1:30pm
@ Washington Center to start ends at DECC
Need volunteer March Marshalls to help ensure safety of pedestrians during
march(vests provided) and DECC Rally workers

Questions or to confirm on volunteering, contact
Rachel Loeffler-Kemp

Volunteer Opportunities in the Community

Answering the Call
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Answering the Call in the Twin Ports

The 2008 theme revolved around The Covenant with Black America, edited by Tavis Smiley. The Covenant outlines 10 areas for action for improving the life of the community and in our events in 2008, we lifted up organizations that are working toward these aims. What is listed below is a sampling of groups working on these areas. It is not an all-inclusive list, but we offer it to you as ways that you can get involved to carry on the legacy of Dr. King.

This work is still relevant and we invite you to get involved with any of these organizations. If you know of another organization that should be listed here, please contact us.

The Ten Covenants

Healthcare and Well-Being | Education | Criminal Justice | Police Accountability | Affordable Neighborhoods | Voting | Rural Development | Economic Prosperity | Environmental Justice | Digital Divide
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Healthcare and Well-Being
East Hillside Patch: Works with East Hillside/Endion residents and organizations to make their neighborhood a good place to live. It has many projects, including The Health Equity Project. In 2008 we intend to train and support a cadre of activists who will educate and mobilize others toward transformation of health care policies and programs. 218-728-4287.

Minnesota Citizens Federation ~ Northeast: A grass-roots, non-profit citizens membership organization that works for positive reforms in health care, jobs and other issues to sustain and benefit all families. We tackle all types of concerns with energy, passion, solid information, and strong allies. 218-727-0207

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc.: Works to eradicate racial injustice in the community through education, reconciliation and healing and partnering with other organizations. Gail Schoenfelder 218-336-2990.

Race, Culture, and Achievement Initiative: Works to help close the achievement gap in the public school system. They are planning a second Race, Culture, and Achievement Summit. Next meeting is January 29th. Alanna Oswald, 218-343-5651

Police Accountability
CRB Task Force: A collaborative effort between the community and the Duluth Police Department to develop some type of Civilian Review Board which will lead to increased trust and more accountability. Stan Kaitfors: 726-1665 x 11;

Affordable Neighborhoods
Duluth Affordable Housing Coalition: Coordinate efforts of community agencies, organizations and individuals in addressing the needs of low-income people as they relate to decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing. 625-1739

Neighborhood Housing Services: creates healthy, economically viable and stable neighborhoods. George Garnett, 218.727.8604

YWCA of Duluth: Works to eliminate racism and empower women. A member of the Affordable Housing Coalition and the Duluth Anti-Racism Coalition. 722.7425

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Duluth LISC) is dedicated to revitalizing neighborhoods into healthy communities of choice and opportunity - good places to work, do business, and raise children. (218) 727-7761.

League of Women Voters Duluth: LWV is a Nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Deb Ortman, president, 724-0132. and click on “Links to Local LWV Sites.”

Economic Prosperity
Community Action Duluth: Uses innovative strategies that mobilize low-income people and the broader community to build assets that prevent poverty, create equality and strengthen our social fabric. Programs include “Circles of Support,” “The Blueprint to End Poverty,” & “Family Employment Advocacy.” 218-726-1665.

Environmental Justice
Clean Water Action Alliance of MN works to educate, lobby & organize citizens at the grassroots level on Local, State, & National issues & Electoral campaigns. Promotes societal values, policies & behaviors that result in economic and environmental justice for a sustainable society. Rosie Loeffler-Kemp 218-722-8557;