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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service. Alongside nonprofits across the state and country, we encourage startup teams in Michigan to recognize MLK’s life and legacy by making an impact in their community on this day.

This year, we’re collaborating with MFF Community Trailblazer Awardee Courtney Smith of Detroit Phoenix Center for MLK Day. Detroit Phoenix Center provides critical and holistic needs to youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness. DPC young leaders are organizing a donation drive and day of healing on Monday, January 16 for the 2023 MLK Day of Service. 

MFF Members are encouraged to support this effort by:

1. Dropping off a donation to DPC between 11am and 2pm – Items in need include: Non-perishable food items, shower, hygiene, and laundry essentials, formula, diapers, and wipes, feminine care products, gift cards, bus passes, and PPE Gear (Masks, hand sanitizer, tissues, etc.). If you would like to drop off a donation, complete this form by Friday, January 13. Members who want to make a donation but are not able to drop off items at this time can contact Sarah over Slack or at [email protected] to make arrangements.

2. Volunteering at DPC for a shift between 1pm and 6pm – DPC is looking for a volunteers to help with processing donations (1pm – 3pm) and event set up, management, and clean-up (3pm – 6pm). Volunteers are also encouraged to bring donation items with them for their shift. Volunteer slots are limited so if you would like to volunteer, please complete this form ASAP.

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