Springfield College, MCDI to Serve Community Thanksgiving DinnerNovember 17, 2008
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 17, 2008-- Springfield College and The Massachusetts Career Development Institute (MCDI) will serve holiday dinner to neighbors free of charge on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in MCDI’s dining room, 140 Wilbraham Ave., Springfield. The community Thanksgiving dinner is open to all Springfield residents and parking is free.
MCDI and the college anticipate that more than 500 members of the Upper Hill, Old Hill, Mason Square, and Springfield College communities will attend. The event, originated in 1997, has been an annual celebration since 1999.
Aramark, the college’s food service, and MCDI staff will prepare traditional roast turkey with gravy and stuffing, seasonal vegetables, and desserts. Children from the William N. DeBerry School are designing decorations, and students from Elias Brookings School will decorate the dining room. David L. C. McMahon, Springfield College director of United Campus Ministry and Spiritual Life, will give a blessing over the meal.
Hosting the event will be Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn and MCDI Executive Director Timothy L. Sneed. Students in the Springfield College AmeriCorps Program will welcome guests at each table. Altogether, more than 100 volunteers from the college, MCDI and the community will work on the event.
The community holiday dinner will culminate weeks of collaboration between MCDI and the college to involve local residents. The event extends a partnership between MCDI and the college, whose students serve as interns and perform services at MCDI throughout the year. Students’ service often is related to their studies.
MCDI serves persons 18 to 60 years of age through an alternative high school, welfare-to-work programs, services for dislocated workers and more. Annually, it assists about 1,000 persons to enter the work force, including many whom it placed in internships in area companies.