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Sunday Suppers and Community Cinema

November 23, 2010

Our co-workers at HandsOn Network are pleased to introduce America’s Sunday Supper, a new American tradition!

Inspired by the legacy of Dr. King, America’s Sunday Supper invites people from diverse backgrounds to come together to share a meal, discuss issues that affect their community and highlight the power of each of us to make a difference.  This initiative will utilize to register opportunities for dinner and dialogue in restaurants, coffee shops, community centers, faith communities and homes.  On the Sunday of MLK Weekend, individuals will participate in a community by community, nationwide conversation about our most pressing social issues.  These local events will culminate in the national live event – “America’s Sunday Supper”- which will be in front of a studio audience in Washington, D.C. on January 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm, and will include an online interactive dialogue with all of the Sunday Suppers across the country.

Host your own Sunday Supper
Hosting is easier than ever! Gather your friends, family and community members at a coffee shop, restaurant, community center or home; use the conversation starters and toolkit provided by HandsOn Network, share your Sunday Supper with your Facebook community, and get the discussion started in your neighborhood.

Not only will you bring your neighbors together to discuss and address the issues important to your community, but as a host you get receive a free “I’m a Leader” t-shirt and the have the opportunity to win great prizes that can help you continue your work; like a new Flip Camera to use to share your volunteer experience, a free registration to the National Conference on Volunteering and Service and more. (*Eligibility based on registration of your Sunday Supper and completion of the Sunday Supper Organizer Report.)

In partnership with Independent Television Service, Campus Kitchens Project, and North Carolina Campus Compact, HandsOn Network will support cross cultural civic dialogue as a critical avenue for social change. 2011 MLK Community Cinema will be bringing social justice documentaries and dialogue to over 50 college campuses, nonprofits, and faith based organizations in honor of Dr. King’s tireless efforts in pursuing social justice. Documentary Film is a powerful educational tool that can spark dialogue and have a profound effect on audiences by creating a shared experience. For the months of December and January, HandsOn Network, Campus Kitchens Project, and North Carolina Campus Compact are partnering with ITVS and Community Cinema to offer a selection of inspirational films, at no cost, for affiliates, members and partners to screen in support of MLK Day of Service reflection and volunteer activities. All screening events would feature a one hour documentary film followed by a facilitated interactive discussion reflecting on the film, its application to the local community and its resonance with an engagement component that asks participants to reflect on how the film fits with the themes of MLK Day of Service. If you’re interested in organizing a Community Cinema event, download and complete the Interest Form. Questions? Contact Khyati Desai – kdesai(at)

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