MLK Day of Service

yellow square with MLK Day of Service text with profile of Martin Luther King Junior"A Day On, Not a Day Off"

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service inspires hundreds of thousands of Americans to come together to serve their community. This day of service helps to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, address social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a more beloved community.

Events and Programs


Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Volunteers will meet at Patterson Park Community Center to sort items donated through the City's "Pack the Packs" food drive. The food drive benefited Murfreesboro City School's backpack program, providing food to children to take home.

To volunteer, register online by January 14. Ages 18 and over.

Student Art Show

Date: Beginning Saturday, January 16, 2021
Free virtual art exhibit by Students of all ages inspired by the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. his messaging was crucial to empowering individuals, as well as strengthening communities, bridging barriers, and creating solutions to the social problems around homelessness, unemployment, under employment, food insecurities, violence, child abuse, prejudice and stereotypes.
Video will be available on the Bradley Academy Facebook page.


Realizing the American Dream: Homebuyer Education Series
Dates: Tuesdays, Jan 12- Feb 2
Time: 5 p.m.
Packets for the workshop may be picked up at Patterson Park Community Center.
Zoom meeting:
Meeting ID: 594 184 8341
Passcode: 0Dun76

Consumers, regardless of income, age or ethnicity, may be intimidated by the home buying process. In-depth education and training prepare consumers - emotionally and financially - for the commitment and investment of buying a home, generally the largest purchase they will ever make. 

"Realizing the American Dream" homebuyer education curriculum* addresses the following four basic areas:

  • Budgeting and Credit
  • Shopping for a Home
  • Getting a Mortgage Loan
  • Keeping Your Home and Managing Your Finances.

Participation in a "Realizing the American Dream" homebuyer education class will help consumers understand the following:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of owning a home
  • Setting goals
  • How to budget and save
  • How much they can afford to pay for a home
  • The importance of good credit when they try to borrow money
  • How to find the right house in the right neighborhood
  • How to make an offer
  • The steps to getting a loan
  • How to maintain and protect their home after they move in

Workshop conducted by:

Misty Layne-Watkins
Extension Agent II
Family & Consumer Sciences
UT-TSU Extension, Rutherford

Make Every Dollar Count
Date: Thursday, January 14
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Zoom meeting:
Meeting ID: 705 50304655
Passcode: 788095

Ever wonder where your money goes? Find out and make EVERY DOLLAR COUNT! Move from Financial Chaos to Financial Confidence.

Healthy Children + Healthy Families = Healthy Communities
Join us for a FREE Building Strong Brains Training 

Date: Friday, January 29
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Facebook Event Page

Healthy Children + Healthy Families = Healthy Communities. Join us for a FREE Building Strong Brains training to discuss changing the trajectory of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Rutherford County, TN. Learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), health impacts of childhood trauma, and how we can work together to build a healthier community for our youth.

Community Blood Drive

Date: Monday, Jan 18

Time: By appointment only.

Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood by either visiting , using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or  activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa. The sponsor code is “FirstOfAll

Location: Patterson Park Community Center gymnasium
Sponsored By: The American Red Cross and the Rutherford County Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.