OneMontville will honor its commitment to Acceptance – Kindness - Respect by holding the first annual Martin Luther King Day of Respect & Community Service on Monday, January 16, 2017. The exciting and unique family-friendly event will be an interactive, day of kindness, learning and community service. The OneMontville organization hopes all Montville Township residents will participate.
The event is being coordinated in conjunction with the Montville Township High School Culture Club and in cooperation with several Montville Township area places of worship and community service organizations.
Everyone is welcome to attend. The educational celebration of respect and community service, will begin at 10:00 AM at the Montville Township Municipal Building, 195 Change Bridge Road, Montville, New Jersey.
Walkers are asked to wear green for OneMontville and to bring donations of non-perishable food for the Kiwanis Food Pantry, as well as men’s tube or crew socks, or hand or foot warmers, for Homeless Bus, Inc.
Participants will walk, with donations in hand, to show support for Acceptance – Kindness – Respect. Mayor James Sandham and Superintendent of Montville Township Public Schools Dr. René Rovtar will be among the walkers. They will be joined by Rabbi Mark Finkel, Pastor Michael Dunne, Pastor Heather Valosin, Pastor Tom Henion, children, families, business owners, teachers, students, clergy, politicians and administrators – all wearing green in support of OneMontville. Together they will all walk to embrace the diversity that makes Montville Township great.
The walk will stretch from the municipal building to Pine Brook Jewish Center, 174 Change Bridge Road.
At PBJC, donations will be collected and walkers will have an opportunity to tour the synagogue and Homeless Bus. While there they will learn about the Jewish faith and PBJC’s initiatives in the community. They will also make “Happy Cards” – inspirational notes -- for the homeless. OneMontville and the MTHS Culture Club will make presentations. PBJC will provide kosher snacks and drinks.
From 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, following the initial walk and PBJC activities, participants will be able to visit three additional area places of worship on their own. At each location cultural, educational and community service activities will be taking place. Shuttle service back to the municipal building for cars will be provided by Gordon Jones.
Montville Reformed Church, at 9 Church Lane, will co-host with Montville United Methodist and Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit. Jointly they will display an historical exhibit about the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, introduce walkers to their organizations and the role they play in the Montville Township community, and introduce people to the recently formed Montville EAC (Everyone in Action for the Community). Hot lunch will be provided by: Columbia Inn, Harrigan’s, Montville Diner, Poor Henry’s & Red Barn.
St. Pius X Church at 24 Change Bridge Road, will open its doors for a tour and history of the congregation in Montville Township. While there walkers will also learn about the Kiwanis Food Pantry and make posters to decorate the Kiwanis facility. Snacks will be provided by St. Pius X.
Jam-e-Masjid Islamic Center, at 110 Harrison Street in Boonton, NJ, will also provide tours and opportunities for service and cultural education throughout the day. Walkers are reminded that men and women must cover knees and women must cover head and shoulders with a scarf. Halāl snack will be provided by the center.
“The OneMontville MLK Day of Respect and Community Service is an opportunity to unite all of Montville Township in service, and to bring the community together to learn about and celebrate our differences and similarities,” said OneMontville board member and Cedar Hill Elementary School kindergarten teacher Dr. Cathy Lundquist. “There is power in knowledge and education, and there is strength in kindness and service. No one is too young or too old to help OneMontville to help others. These kinds of events bring our community together in meaningful and helpful ways. Through kindness we learn about each other.”
The Mission of OneMontville is to create and promote a climate of acceptance, inclusion and kindness which teaches and celebrates respect for one another by embracing and being enriched by the diversity that comprises the Montville Township Community. The mission can only be fully accomplished through the involvement and commitment of community leaders, religious leaders, business leaders and residents of all ages, races, religions, ethnicities, abilities, gender identities or sexual orientations.
Warm OneMontville green-fleece headbands will be on sale at the walk, for $10. Green OneMontville $10 T-shirts will also be on sale. All proceeds will assist OneMontville in organizing activities and events to promote #AcceptanceKindnessRespect.
“We hope to see a sea of green headbands as we walk in support of the OneMontville mission,” said Montville Township Public Schools Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar, founder of OneMontville.
The first ever OneMontville Martin Luther King Day of Respect & Community Service will take place on Monday, January 16, 2017. The event will begin at 10:00 AM at the Montville Municipal Building, 195 Changebridge Road. Activities will be held throughout the township from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Maps and an itinerary will be handed out at the walk or can be viewed on the OneMontville Facebook Page.