Join the Mount Ida Community as we celebrate the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

19th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2016 – 11:30am – 1:30pm

Join us for the 19th annual celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Mount Ida College. On this occasion we celebrate the movement Martin Luther King Jr. INSPIRED and those who continue his struggle for justice. In that spirit our 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker is Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football star, NFL free agent, and trailblazer.

Sam is an American football defensive end who made history when he came out as gay ahead of the NFL draft, making him the first openly-LGBT player to be drafted in any major American sport. Since his announcement, through scrutiny, criticism and unreserved admiration, he has become an icon and pioneer for the LGBT community. Michael Sam’s story demonstrates the complex nature of the struggle for justice in 2017.

No RSVPs will be accepted after January 17

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We are excited to announce that our #IdaFamily gave over $10,000 yesterday! With our anonymous donor’s contribution we raised over $20,000 for our students. Every donation counts and we couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you!

Every donation counts and we couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you!

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Entering its fifth year, #GIVING TUESDAY is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. For the Mount Ida College community, 2016 will be our inaugural year to participate in this effort.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the United States) and the widely recognized shopping events, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GIVING TUESDAY was designed to kick off the charitable season and to help people think of others during this time of celebration and gift giving.

October 15, 2016

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More than two dozen non-profit organizations gathered at Mount Ida College in Newton on Saturday, October 15, 2016 for the Inaugural Volunteer Expo spearheaded by Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III. (pictured above in center)

“We were honored to be able to host this important event,” says Gregg Grenier, Director of Community Engagement at Mount Ida College. “At Mount Ida we are committed to service-learning and community engagement as part of both the student experience and for the entire campus.  It was wonderful to see our students and community engage with the many organizations who participated.”

When Congressman Kennedy arrived, he made his way to the stage, stopping at tables along the way, engaging in conversation with the non-profit volunteers and staff, then stepped on stage to be introduced by Jill Wierbicki Abrahams, the Mount Ida College Vice President for Advancement. Abrahams presented the Congressman with a letter signed by his great-uncle, President John F.Kennedy, who had written in support of Mount Ida when still a senator in 1956 – a letter that was recently discovered in Mount Ida’s archives.

Congressman Kennedy then spoke about his time in the Peace Corps and how volunteerism and community service had impacted him.  He noted that in this time of election turmoil, gazing out over the crowd, he was confident that our country was in good hands.  Kennedy then continued to meet and speak with the Expo participants before leaving to go to a similar event at the other end of his District in Norton, Ma.

”This event served as a launchpad for the new Center for Community Engagement at Mount Ida,” says Grenier.  “I can’t think of a more powerful way to not only show our campus commitment, but to reach out to our current, and we hope, future community partners in building this strong network.”  Most striking to Grenier was the ability of small, volunteer-run non-profits to work alongside much larger ones.  “You had “All Hands In,” for example, that fights human trafficking, and which is 100 percent volunteer, standing alongside the American Cancer Society that boasts 6000 employees and four million volunteers each year. The passion and excitement was the same.”

During the Expo, participants were able to engage in a service activity to be able to put their passion into practice. Individuals wrote letters to our soldiers that are placed overseas and were able to create “get well” cards for hospitalized children. It was a unique way for individuals to learn about volunteering while simultaneously being able to volunteer their time.

The Expo was co-hosted, along with Congressman Kennedy’s office, by the Mount Ida College Center for Community Engagement and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The following organizations were represented at the Volunteer Expo:
Action for Boston Community Development
AIDS Action Committee/Boomerangs
All Hands In
American Heart Association
American Cancer Society – Relay For Life
Boston Cares
Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
Chesterbrook Community Foundation, Inc.
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Fallon Ambulance Service
Family ACCESS
Horizons for Homeless Children
Ignatian Volunteer Corp: New England
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center
Mass Network of Foster Care Alumni
Massachusetts Campus Compact – AmeriCorps*VISTA Program
Norfolk County RSVP Volunteer Program
Peace Corps
Samaritans
Boston Scholar Athletes
United Cerebral Palsy Organization of MetroBoston
USA Universal
UTEC
WalkerCares.Org
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network