More than 500 community members participated in Sid Jacobson JCC’s day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week.
Organized by the JCC’s Center for Community Engagement and funded by UJA-Federation, the day engaged volunteers in a virtual concert, a blood drive and two service projects.
The projects included a drive-through assembly event where 350 packages were created and then delivered to homebound seniors and the creation and display of luminary bags with messages of hope.
The afternoon-long blood drive benefitted the New York Blood Center in response to the demand for blood donations.
“Our community really showed up, filling a day off with meaningful service in the spirit of MLK’s legacy,” Susan Berman, director of the Center for Community Engagement at the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills, said in a written statement. “It was heartwarming to see people of all ages with one shared goal – providing connection and light to our homebound seniors during this very dark time.”