Washington Gives-National Day of Service

The town of Washington is commemorating the life, works, and spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting a day of service titled “Washington Gives.” Each year, the MLK Day of Service is observed 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.” All are invited to join with families, friends and neighbors to volunteer and participate in our commemorative day of service.

Businesses, schools, and non-profit groups along with the town will come together on Monday, January 21st, 2019 to provide a daylong event filled with service-oriented activities. Reaching out and uniting locally for the benefit of the greater good has always been a hallmark of small towns and Washington is no exception. Supporters of the event are Washington Business Association, The Gunnery, The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, Steep Rock Association, ASAP!, Pilobolus, Shepaug Valley Schools, Hickory Stick Bookshop, Newbury Place, The Hen’s Nest, Washington Environmental Council, William Pitt Sotheby’s R.E., Washington Food Market, Valley Spirit Cooperative and Wellness Center, National Iron Bank and Byrde + the b Salon.

The “hub” of this event will be The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens. Information will be available at the Park as we start the day with a specific schedule of events and activities. There will also be refreshments available there for volunteers. Events begin at 10 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. throughout Washington with various organizations in support of our greater community in need.

Schedule/Location of Events and Workshops:

10:00 to 2:00: Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens:
* Volunteer opportunities and information
* Hearts of Hope and “What are you Doing for Others?” Community Art Workshop * Steep Rock volunteer photographer registration
* “Be Kind” Pledge Initiative Senior Project by Bailey Pote
* Shepaug Film Students documenting the day for Fox News

10:00-2:00: Sotheby’s: Washington Environmental Council sales and Woodbridge Running collections
10:00 to 11:00: Valley Spirit Coop: 10:00-10:30 Kids Yoga; 10:45-11:00 Adult Mediation
11:30 to 12:30: Hickory Stick Bookshop: Presentation by Chris George from IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services)

10:00 to 2:00: The Hen’s Nest Gallery: IRIS Photography exhibit
11:00 to 2:00: Stars Hollow Yarns: Crochet and Knit-In for Charity
1:00 to 2:00: Bryan Town Hall: Pilobolus and ASAP workshop/film “I Have a Dream”

Collections and Locations (throughout the day):

Sleeping Bags at Valley Spirit Coop
Household goods, jewelry making supplies, sewing notions at Hickory Stick Bookshop and Hen’s Nest Gallery
Sneakers, cleats, sports sandals (50% life) at William Pitt Sotheby’s
Food Drive at Washington Food Market
Dog collars/leashes at Washington Town Hall
Sheets/towels at Newbury Place
New toys and fleece blankets at Bryan Town Hall
Yarn at Stars Hollow Yarns

Organizations YOU are Helping:

Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), ReRun Shoes for Small Businesses in Africa, New Milford Homeless Shelter Coalition, Washington/Warren Food Bank, St. Vincent De Paul Mission of Waterbury, Fundacion Perros sin Nombre, CT Children’s Medical Center and more.


The Washington Business Association, The Gunnery School, Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, Steep Rock Association, ASAP, Pilobolus, Hearts of Hope, Shepaug Valley School, Hickory Stick Bookshop, Newbury Place, Washington Food Market, Valley Spirit Cooperative, Washington Pizza House, The Pantry, Stars Hollow Yarns, William Pitt Sotheby’s, Washington Environmental Council, Woodbridge Running, ReRun Shoes, The Hen’s Nest, National Iron Bank, George Home, Town of Washington AND you!

Collected goods and monetary donations from this event will be distributed to the following organizations. FISH (Friends In Service to Humanity), Washington/Warren Food Bank, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Fundacion Perros sin Nombre, IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services), New Milford Homeless Shelter Coalition, St Vincent De Paul Mission of Waterbury, and more.

If you have questions about opportunities to participate, volunteer or donate, please email Ali Psomas from ASAP! [email protected].

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens and around Washington
1 Green Hill Road, Washington CT 06794