Bayfront Nato, Inc.814-459-2761

The MLK Center

About Us


Our Mission

The mission of the King Center is to improve the conditions of work, play, study, health and living conditions of the people of the City of Erie, Pennsylvania, and in particular those residents of the Bayfront area through an effective program of social services and action. In carrying out its purpose, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center shall strive to develop programs of cultural enrichment, economic development, housing, primary health care, neighborhood assistance, community services, crime prevention, recreation, employment and work referral or work-related programs, together with such other social services as may be deemed necessary or expedient to assist impoverished, under privileged or socially disadvantaged individuals.

To the extent possible, we shall work together with other agencies whose goals and objectives are consistent with those of our Center. The area to be served to carry our stated mission is defined as that area of the City of Erie, Pennsylvania bounded by the west line of East Avenue, the east line of Cranberry Street, the north line of West 12th Street, and the south shore of Presque Isle Bay.


Our Services

The scope of services provided by Bayfront NATO, Inc. includes:

  • Housing Development and Housing Counseling
  • Senior Housing
  • Infant/Toddler/Pre-School & After-School Child Care
  • Emergency Food Pantry and Social Services
  • Youth Services
  • Dance Classes through Bayfront Dance Theater

The agency also provides space for offices for the Erie County WIC (Womens, Infants, and Childrens) Program which is operated by the United Neighborhood Facilities Health Care Corporation (UNFHCC).

Bayfront NATO, Inc. is one of the three original founding members of UNFHCC.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are a crucial part of making our Youth Deparment a success. As a volunteer, you will assist children with their homework and tutor as needed. Children are encouraged to read additional materials and will have a recreational component in the evenings after dinner. Volunteer hours are available Monday through Friday from 3:00pm - 7:00pm.

Please contact our Youth Department Manager, Fatima Jenkins to schedule volunteer opportunities at 814-459-2761 x225 or fill out the form below.

Quick Contact


Board of Directors

Members for the Bayfront NATO, Inc. Martin Luther King Center’s Board of Directors have dedicated their time and efforts to continue offering quality services to the Erie Community. Board members include members from the community, former MLK Center participants and members representing partnerships created with the MLK Center. They are dedicated members striving to keep Dr. King’s dream alive today and building “A Bridge To A Brighter Future.”

2013-2016 Board of Directors

  • Johnny Johnson, President
  • William Williams, Vice President
  • Mary Ellen Watson, Secretary
  • Elizabeth Edwards, Treasurer
  • Chris Holowienko
  • Anthony Williams
  • Matthew McCullough
  • Marcus Atkinson
  • Erika Romalho
  • Edward Dawson
  • Michael Chevalier

See Board Member Details


Message from Executive Director

See Message

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are a crucial part of making our Youth Deparment a success. As a volunteer, you will assist children with their homework and tutor as needed. Children are encouraged to read additional materials and will have a recreational component in the evenings after dinner. Volunteer hours are available Monday through Friday from 3:00pm - 7:00pm.

Please contact our Youth Department Manager, Fatima Jenkins to schedule volunteer opportunities at 814-459-2761 x225 or fill out the form below.

Quick Contact

The MLK Center

Our Services

News & Upcoming Events

Dance Theater

Don't forget to take a look at our dance classes! We offer classes in many different styles of dance with the Erie Dance theater. If you're interested in signing up, visit this page.

Our New Website!

We're proud to say that we've launched a new website! Thanks so much for being here to be part of this community - we appreciate all of you!