Out & About: CommunityCare of Lyme hosts volunteer potluck for MLK Day

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 01-12-2024 8:08 PM

LYME — CommunityCare of Lyme will host a volunteer potluck meal on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The event ties in with the roots of the federal holiday which was established by Congress in 1983 as a “national day of service.” It will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the CommunityCare of Lyme living room, located in the Lyme Center Academy Building, at 183 Dorchester Road. Participants are asked to register online at https://ccl.breezechms.com/form/MLKPotluck24.

One of the goals of the potluck is to celebrate the community’s volunteers and make plans for the future. The nonprofit organization helps connect residents to services, as well as organizes dozens of volunteers for a variety of projects, including an annual day of service.

“We have pockets of volunteers who do different things and it really is fun to bring people together to hear where they see the value and where they see the gaps,” said Kathleen Sherrieb, who is a member of the nonprofit organization’s board and serves as the coordinator of the Lyme Food Pantry.

While CommunityCare of Lyme has held volunteer appreciation events in the past, this is the first year it has hosted one on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dan Freihofer, the group’s interim board chairman, said the event is meant as a thank you to volunteers “and to keep people motivated to help out.”

The event also will allow volunteers to share their experiences with each other, including how they work volunteering into their everyday lives, Sherrieb said.

“Even if you get one new volunteer to meet one more experienced volunteer it’s worth it,” she said.

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Osage Nation Leaders & Artists in Conversation in Hanover: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Irving Institute, The Atrium, 33 Tuck Mall. Five guests from the Osage Nation share their experience in shaping the film “Killers of the Flower Moon” and the impact they hope it will have. Free. More information: 603-646-2422 or hop.dartmouth.edu/events/osage-nation-leaders-artists.

Hybrid: Vermont State Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner talk in South Royalton: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 12:45 to 2 p.m., Chase Center at Vermont Law and Graduate School, 164 Chelsea St. Mia Schultz gives talk titled “Embracing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy: Moving from Symbolic to Systemic Change.” Free. Stream via vermontlaw.edu/live. More information: vermontlaw.edu.

Hybrid: “Advancing Democracy Through Dialogue: An Evening with Professor Melvin Rogers” in Hanover: Monday, Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m. Cook Auditorium, Irving Institute, Murdough Building, 31 Tuck Mall. Professor Melvin Rogers, professor of political science and associate director of the Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Brown University, gives talk. He will also sign copies of his new book, “The Darkened Light of Faith: Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African American Political Thought.” More inf ormation is online at: home.dartmouth.edu/events or IDE.events@dartmouth.edu.

MLK Community Multifaith Celebration in Hanover: Thursday, Jan. 25, 5 to 6 p.m. Rollins Chapel, 29 College St. Keynote speaker Dartmouth professor Bruce Duthu gives talk along with student speakers and the Dartmouth Gospel Choir performs. Free. More information: tucker.center@dartmouth.edu or 603-646-3780.

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.