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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Reflection on Service:
STORIES OF HURRICANE IRENE
Middleburgh Reformed Church, 178 River Street Middleburgh, NY
Monday, January 20, 2014

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Reflection on Service:
STORIES OF HURRICANE IRENE

Monday, January 20, 2014
MLK Day of Service

Where:
Middleburgh Reformed Church, 178 River Street Middleburgh, NY

When: Monday, January 20, 2014
10 a.m-4 p.m.

The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SALT (Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery), the New York Folklore Society, and AmeriCorps VISTA, were proud to sponsor a Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 20, 2014. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Reflection on Service: Stories of Hurricane Irene is a program intended to engage and empower residents and volunteers alike through dialogue about the storm and its impact on the community and the recovery efforts to help the people of historic Schoharie County, situated along the mighty Schoharie Creek. Our goal for the day was to begin to collect and record stories of the storm and the recovery effort so that New Yorkers of the future will have a better understanding of the storm’s impact, the residents’ will to survive, and the efforts of volunteers from across the region and the country to assist the community rebuild. Additional roundtable discussions will be held over the course of this semester.


······READ about the event as reported in the Times Union.······




The event was held in the social hall of the Middleburgh Reformed Church. The day consisted of a morning workshop on the art of storytelling for volunteers and residents conducted by Ellen McHale and Lisa Overholser of the New York Folklore Society, which exists to preserve and promote the unique living heritage of the state, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

This was followed by a luncheon, with guest speaker with Congressman Chris Gibson, NY 19th District, who spoke on Dr. King’s motivation to serve and standing up for a cause one believes in.

Following the speaker, the volunteers, residents and community leaders, and AmeriCorps VISTA members participated in roundtable discussions about their experiences in Schoharie. The volunteers and the members of the Schoharie Community who “weathered the storm” began to tell and record their stories over the next year about what happened and what drives them to help one another and restore the communities along the Schoharie Creek.

We intend to recognize the volunteers and all participants by listing them by name and linking to their recorded stories from this site.

If you have questions or need more information, contact 518/276-3098, or email Community-Service@lists.rpi.edu.

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