USA: Martin Luther King Day of Service, 2016
By FFWPU USA: Martin Luther King Day arrived on the East Coast with snow on the ground and great chill in the air. Nevertheless, members of the National Ministry Team bundled up and joined Unificationists and their families in signing up for a day of giving back to the Montclair, Newark and New York communities.
Montclair, New Jersey-
EEO Americorps -Montclair State University
Fifteen participants signed up for the Montclair State University EEO Americorps service activities, which included making sandwiches for a local shelter and quilt-making. The day began with a continental breakfast. After several student speakers and Mayor Lester E. Taylor, mayor of East Orange City, delivered a message to mark the day, everyone was split up into groups. Some people stayed on campus and others went to off-campus service projects. Unificationists Yoshie Manaka and Yoshimi Suzuki, members of the National Ministry team, joined Clifton New Jersey Family Church Pastor Manoj Jacobs and his family at the Montclair Fire department and went door to door distributing fire safety materials and literature and checking to make sure people’s fire alarms work.
“We were met by some fire officers and local politicians,” shared Yoshie. “They were so excited to see people invested in the community. This was a good opportunity for me because I recently moved to Montclair, so it was a chance for me to become familiar with the local government. I received business cards from two Montclair councilmen.” The group traversed the town and spoke to people who were about and made friends with some of the student organizers. “It was a great time,” said Yoshie. “Even though it was cold!” Read More