Karen Jordan (Cecil B. Moore Philly Freedom Fighters), Mayor James Kenney, Todd Bernstein and daughter, Clay Armbrister (Girard College Pres.)
140,000 Volunteers Expected For 21ST Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service
Organizers, sponsors, and community partners joined together in a ceremony at Girard College to announce plans for the upcoming 21st annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. Girard College will serve as the region’s signature project site.
Founder and director Todd Bernstein announced that a national record 140,000 volunteers are expected to participate in some 1,800 community service projects throughout the region on the Monday, January 18 King federal holiday.
The Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service includes projects throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Participants will include students of all ages from public, private, and parochial schools and colleges, senior citizens, community, religious, civic and non-profit organizations, businesses, military veterans, AmeriCorps members, elected officials and families.
The 21st annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service will celebrate justice– economic, racial, social, criminal and environmental and religious—and the 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
“Sixty years ago, in the spirit of justice, Rosa Parks refused to give up her on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Bernstein said.” “That led to a movement, with Dr. King leading the way, for racial and economic justice. Sixty years later, the pursuit of justice is an issue that we are reminded of almost weekly as Black and Brown people are killed in confrontations with police. Dr. King’s words are as relevant now as they were decades before when he said, ‘Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.’ “
Highlighting 5,000 volunteers who are expected to serve in some 150 King Day of Service projects, workshops and presentations at the Girard College signature project site, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will lead others sorting and packing new and gently used donated business attire, that will be donated through local non profit organizations to low income and unemployed men and women seeking employment. The project is presented by Target and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Starting January 7 and continuing through Jan. 13, in partnership with i-Heart Media and 900AM-WURD, donations of new and gently used clothing for job seekers will be accepted, including men’s and women’s suits, blazers, dresses, coats, business-casual pants, skirts, dress shirts, blouses, ties, dress shoes & socks.
Donation drop-off locations are: ! i-Heart Media- 111 Presidential Blvd, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004, Monday-Friday,
8:30 am-5:30 pm. ! African American Museum in Philadelphia- 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106,
Thursday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, noon-5 pm. The Blue Door Group will be hosting a race dialogue workshop. This workshop will bring together a racially diverse group to share experiences about race in the America.
Anyone or group interested in volunteering or hosting a service project should register at www.mlkdayofservice.org or call 215-851-1811. All organizations or groups planning projects are encouraged to register them at www.mlkdayofservice.org or 215-851-1811.