In honor of Dr. King’s work, The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham (HR) is making it a day on, not a day off! Dozens of chapters of The Arc and partner organizations across the nation will work together to address food insecurity and promote inclusive volunteering to bring together people with and without disabilities to serve their communities on January 18th. This year, The Arc of HR is partnering with Hope Distributed and The Rotary Club of Harrisonburg to organize a food drive and distribution to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.

Public Zoom Kick Off Event will begin at 10 AM January 18th with the Honorable Anthony W. Bailey Rockingham/Harrisonburg Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court as the keynote speaker. Join at 

Distribution of food boxes will take place on MLK Day, Monday 18th, 1 – 3 PM at the following locations for drive through pick up (no qualifications or ID needed to receive):

  • Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center parking lot (620 Simms Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802)
  • West Rockingham Food Pantry parking lot (4222 Mt. Clinton Pike, Rockingham, VA 22802)
  • Open Doors Homeless Shelter parking lot (677 Chicago Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802)

You can be a part of our effort to address food insecurity in Harrisonburg and Rockingham by donating non-perishable food Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at Hope Distributed (1869 Boyers Rd. Rockingham, VA 22801) between 9-4 PM now through the end of January. Please place all food in the blue barrels located on the front porch.

“People with disabilities are often perceived as the ones always in need of help, but in reality, they also have the desire and ability to help others and to play an active role in strengthening their own communities,” said Heather Denman, Executive Director at The Arc of HR. “In the true spirit of Dr. King, the Day of Service shines a light on what all people – including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities – can do to love, uplift, and support their neighbors.”

Get up to date details on our MLK initiative at our Facebook Event page. 

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is suspended until further notice. 

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