The second annual MLK Weekend of Service is a bit more socially distanced this year due to current restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The community can serve in two ways Thursday, Jan. 14.
Volunteers can donate blood from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at two Goldsboro locations - 1601 Clingman St. and 600 N. George Street. The drives are sponsored by Goldsboro city and Wayne County employees.
To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Goldsboro. The drives are in compliance with CDC guidelines.
The American Red Cross (ARC) said the need for blood is high as the pandemic has resulted in decreased opportunities for donations.
"Our community is a caring one,” said Sherry Archibald, executive director of United Way of Wayne County. “We have people constantly reaching out wanting to do something to help, so we wanted to find a way to still hold this event yet hold it in a way that is responsible and safe.”
The second opportunity to serve is at Brookdale on Country Club Road.
Approximately 15 volunteers or volunteer units (families) will be available at 1 p.m. to visit residents and chat with them at a distance. To register, visit the link at www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DA5AB2DA7F8C43-brookdale
This link can also be found on United Way of Wayne County's Facebook page or by requesting it via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors have faced an increasing risk of loneliness during the pandemic and this event is designed to provide them with community connection.
This is the first of many engagement events in partnership with Brookdale.
To inquire about future events please call Rachel at 919-736-3591.