Northern Berkshire MLK Day of Service Returns on Jan. 16th

January 6, 2023

The annual Northern Berkshire MLK Day of Service will return in person on January 16th after a three-year hiatus to celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for a day of volunteering.

The event is organized by the Martin Luther King Day Committee to celebrate the life, principles, and ideals of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with “A Day On, Not a Day Off.” This year, the MLK Jr. Day of Service committee will announce the annual Peacemaker Award – Mary Lou Accetta – for being a tireless advocate for all residents of Berkshire County since her first days as a volunteer at Mary Jezyk Sunshine Park in North Adams at the age of 13.

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. in MCLA’s Venable Gym with coffee and pastries followed by departure to service sites at 9 a.m. Participants will choose from more than ten sites to provide service to the community, including Louison House, NB Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires, weatherization for homes, food collection sites, and projects onsite at the MCLA Venable Gym. There will be projects suitable for all ages and abilities. This year, the CHP Mobile Health Van will be on-site offering free balance checks and vaccinations.

Participants will return to the MCLA Venable Gym at 12:30 p.m. to share a free luncheon and community celebration, enjoy local entertainment, and hear uplifting words in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This “A Day On, Not a Day Off” event is free and everyone in the community is encouraged to volunteer and celebrate the northern Berkshire community. Volunteers can pre-register online at or by calling the northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) at 413-663-7588.

For more information on the MLK Day of Service and Celebration in Northern Berkshire or the MLK Day of Service committee in Northern Berkshire, contact Kathy Keeser at or at (413) 664-4006 or Liz Boland at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.

About nbCC
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is dedicated to empowering the Northern Berkshire region to enhance the quality of life through our efforts at connecting, convening, and supporting all facets of the community. The Coalition places particular emphasis on strengthening neighborhoods and community life; preventing youth alcohol/substance abuse; helping families to be strong and resilient; fostering economic development; promoting health and wellness; supporting positive youth development and building bridges between residents and service agencies. nbCC is a member agency of the Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest. For more information, visit

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