Washington Gives – National Day of Service

january, 2020

20janalldayFeaturedWashington Gives - National Day of Service(All Day: monday) Washington Depot, 6 Green Hill Road Washington Depot CT

2020 Washington Gives Day of Service

Event Details

On Monday, January 20, 2020, the town of Washington will come together to commemorate the life, works, and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting a day of service titled “Washington Gives.”

Each year, the MLK Day of Service is observed around the country as a “day on, not a day off.” It is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” Lisa Stein, President of the Washington Business Association explains “Washington Gives, was launched in 2019 as a townwide initiative to engage families, friends, and neighbors in civic initiatives including collections, service projects, and information sessions.” In the spirit of making Washington Gives accessible to families of all ages, activities take place in downtown Washington Depot to encourage guests to walk from one activity to another with something for everyone to do throughout the town.


10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Five Janes (formerly Newbury Place)
Join the New Milford Animal Welfare Society to meet Lola and learn more about pets available for adoption in our area.

Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
Join ASAP!, the Region 12 School District, the Shepaug Student Project Foundation, and Conversations on the Green present “The Future of Service in Our Community” featuring students from Shepaug Valley School who will host small service projects and activities. This session ends at 12:45.

Steep Rock Association (office above The Hen’s Nest)
Build bluebird nest box kits to be reassembled by children at a Gunn Library program and then placed in Macricostas Preserve to monitor the reproductive success of cavity-nesting birds.

Town Hall
Fill up your car and drive to the town hall where the following items are being collected by the Washington Business Association and volunteers from the First Congregational Church for the New Milford Homeless Shelter, Church Street Eats, and Fundacion Perros sin Nombre. Student volunteers will be on-site to help carry items from your car.

  • New or gently used sheets, blankets, sleeping bags, socks, and hand warmers
  • New cleaning supplies including paper towels, sponges, dish soap, laundry soap
  • New or gently used men’s outerwear and clothing
  • New or gently used pet collars and leashes

Valley Spirit Wellness Center
Valley Spirit Wellness Center hosts a free Community Meditation at 10:30 AM and a free Yoga Class at Noon.

Washington Ambulance Association Outside Valley Spirit Wellness Center
Meet the highly trained and dedicated volunteers who serve the town of Washington and tour one of the ambulances used in service to our community.

Washington Art Association
The Washington Art Association will be open from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and invites the community to paint “Hearts of Hope” for the Susan B Anthony Project. The “Town Hall Gang” will also be on-site creating cards, drawings, and letters for our Troops as well as donations for needed items to be shipped weekly overseas. Requested items include beef jerky, non-chocolate candy, body/facial wipes, pens, and small puzzle books.

Washington Food Market
Support the Community Food Bank of Warren/Washington with a donation of un-opened, non-perishable food; packaged pet food; unopened paper goods including cups, plates, napkins, and utensils are being collected at Washington Food Market.

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Join us at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens as Jane Whitney, former NBC News correspondent, and talk show host conducts a conversation with local students who strengthen our community through service projects related to fostering creativity in kids, addressing environmental challenges, driving awareness of health and wellness issues, inspiring kindness and inclusion in schools and addressing social stigmas.

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Join our board of selectmen – Jim Brinton, Michelle Gorra, and Jay Hubelbank as they host the first townwide volunteer recognition event in our community. All members of the community who volunteer time and talent to organizations in the town of Washington are invited to attend. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided. This event will be held at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens.

RSVP requested to http://bit.ly/RSVPWashingtonGivesVolunteerRecognition.

Washington Gives is organized by the Washington Business Association and made possible through the generous support of private donors, sponsors and local businesses and organizations including:



Aspetuck Animal Hospital

Board of Selectmen of Washington

Conversations on the Green

First Congregational Church

Five Janes

Fundacion Perros sin Nombre

Michael Bowman Photography

New Milford High School NAHS

Nine Main


Region 12/Shepaug Valley School

Shepaug Ice Hockey Team

Shepaug Senior Project Team

Shepaug Spartan Club

Shepaug Student Project Foundation



Shepaug Valley School PTO

Sing Out! CT

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens

Steep Rock Association

The Hen’s Nest

The Hickory Stick Bookshop

The Matthews Group @ William Raveis

The Pantry

Valley Spirit Wellness Center

Washington Ambulance Association

Washington Art Association

Washington Depot Production Services

Washington Food Market

Washington Pizza House

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Washington Town Hall



All Day (Monday)


Washington Depot

6 Green Hill Road Washington Depot CT


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