From there we set out to different Central Square agencies to help with projects, ranging from making scarves for the homeless to preparing kits for children in emergency rooms. Volunteers worked diligently, morale was high, and the close quarters made it easy for people to get to know each other. VCO volunteer Alice Liu moved to Cambridge seven months ago and was looking for a way to get connected to the volunteer scene and “thought [MLK Day] was a great way to do so”. Seven-year-old Mark said he signed up because he “wanted to help people” and nine-year-old Steven was “impressed by how many people came”.
Val Snekvik, mom to Mark and Steve, said, “I wanted a chance to serve the city with my kids, be mindful of MLK’s legacy, and invite friends from our neighborhood to do something fun on the holiday…it felt great to be doing something for Cambridge with so many other people of different ages and backgrounds.” Alice agreed, noting she “met children, high school and college students, and peers. It was a lot of fun and definitely a picture of diversity.” VCO was grateful for the chance to partner with our city on such an important day. Thank you to everyone who came!