The Great American Give-Away – April 4, 2017


– CT Center For Nonviolence and Hartford Public Library Present –

The Great American Give-Away

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

He gave his life…What are you willing to give?

The Great American Give-Away

Some have more than they need
Others need more than they have

WHEN:On Tuesday, April 4, 2017  from 2:00 – 7:00 pm

WHY: The Connecticut Center for Nonviolence (CTCN) in partnership with the Hartford Public Library and with the Sponsorship Support of: City of Hartford
Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation, Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps, SeniorCorps and The 224 EcoSpace, is producing The Great American Give-Away – To Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WHAT: A Person to Person Free Market

WHERE: At The 224 EcoSpace
224 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT

Click To RegisterPlease register now as space is limited & spots are filling up quickly!

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Event Details

Who are we giving to? People of all ages in the Greater Hartford Area

Who is invited to Give? Everyone and Anyone who has something to share

What should we give? Gently used, completely functioning, household, clean items of all sorts. Could be a product or service, a talent such as musical performance or reading, a skill such as a business service like reading resumes, a professional shoulder massage, prayers, just about anything that you can imagine offering as long as it can be of service or of use to someone else.

Access to Information: Come find out what services are provided in your community.

How do you Give?   Register here or email: . Submissions will be accepted through March 28th.

When you arrive at the Give-Away- Free Market, with your items, tables will be available. Set up your table and stay there for a shift or until all items are given away. Recipients will receive one item or its equivalent from each contributor in the Free Market. You’ll enjoy the profound experience of giving your carefully prepared items to someone who can use and enjoy the gift.

How do you Take Away? You’ll receive a passbook at the event to carry throughout the Free Market. As you receive one item from a contributor, your passbook will be checked and you can move on to another area. 


If you are unable to be at the Great American Give-Away on April 4,2017, but would like to make a contribution you can do that several ways:

  • 1) Please consider contributing non-perishable food items for our Freedom Row Food Court. The food will be distributed as one bag per family on April 4th at the Give-Away. Food must be dropped off at the site or to designated sites (to be determined) by 12:00-set up time on the day of the Give-Away.
  • 2) Please consider making a tax-exempt donation to the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence the safe pay pal button on our website: Or by writing a check to CT Center for Nonviolence and mailing to: P.O. Box 1085 Hartford, CT -06143. Although the event is free to all who come, there are numerous costs associated with producing a project of this size.

Donations earmarked for the Give-Away will be used for: The rental of tables and chairs for the contributors, pizza and beverages for the 100 volunteers, art supplies for the art making table, banners and signs and numerous other unexpected costs.


Can anyone living in the Greater Hartford Area come and receive products and services from the Great American Give-Away?
YES, YES, Yes, anyone living in the Greater Hartford Area is welcome.

Do I have to contribute items to receive items?
No, you can come and partake and receive items without sharing any items.

If I am contributing items or a service can I take items away as well?
Yes, everyone living in Greater Hartford, is welcome to receive freely at the Great American Give Away.

Is everything really free and of no cost?
YES everything is absolutely free and participants sign a pledge stating that they will not charge anyone for their products or services. 

Why on a Tuesday instead of a weekend? What does this have to do with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his life to service, fully dedicated to building the Beloved Community. He was tragically taken on April 4, 1968, but his mission lives on.  We are honoring his legacy and life work by continuing his mission through the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence (CTCN).

We provide trainings in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation which can be applied to conflicts in all its forms; in personal relationships, in family disputes, at work, school or in the community at large. We also conduct community engagement projects based on the philosophy and methodology of Kingian Nonviolence. CTCN is a part of the national and global Kingian Nonviolence movement.

We mark this day with remembrance and commitment, confirming that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vital, life-saving work will grow and be sustained for generations to come.

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Produced in partnership with the: The Hartford Public Library
This program is made possible in part by an FY 2017 grant under the Challenging Hartford to Engage Civically and Keep Improving Together (CHECK IT) Initiative of the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation – Division for Youth and support from the Corporation for National and Community Service and The 224 EcoSpace.

The Hartford Public Library
The 224 EcoSpace
Corporation for National and Community Service

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