March 2017 Newsletter
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Mission365 jumped off to an outstanding start for the month of February. In addition to meeting with several critical stakeholders in the service connected fields, we were able to support The Mission Continues with a Classroom Clean-Out on February 28th.

Over seventy energized and motivated volunteers turned out to lend a helping hand at Thomas Edison High School. Our terrific community partners prepped, cleaned and painted two three-story stairwells, adorned the school's lobby with beautiful signs and cleaned out two derelict storage areas to make way for after school activities and partner learning areas. Together, we had a lot of fun and got a lot of hard work done!

Keep a watchful eye on your mailboxes for more service opportunities, including Run as One, April 1st at Thomas Edison High School in North Philadelphia from 10am-1pm. Veteran groups from throughout the Delaware Valley will be showcasing their organizations and conducting a run/walk and a service project including painting, building and modernizing the school grounds. We need your help! 

You can register for the Run as One here and check out our announcement email coming soon! For more information feel free to reach out to
or (215) 851-1808.
 
 
 
 
 
On the Table Greater Philly
May 23
​​​​​​​Various Times
Various Locations
Calling all storytellers! On May 23rd The Philadelphia Foundation, one of our grant funders, will present On the Table Philly. On The Table Philly will encourage people from across the region to share meals and ideas for improving their communities. These mealtime conversations will be hosted throughout the day in various locations. We are looking for storytellers to help capture and share the excitement of On The Table Philly. If you are a good listener, great recorder of events visually or in writing and can find 90 minutes on May 23rd to attend an On The Table Philly conversation, let us know. Sign up to volunteer as a storyteller today.
 
 
 
 
 
PHS Flower Show
March 11 - March 19
Various Times
Join the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) as a volunteer for the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Volunteer responsibilities include serving as a cashier, welcoming and assisting guests, or helping show attendees with crafts and planters.

For more information on the Philadelphia Flower Show or to sign up as a volunteer, please click here.
 
 
 
 
 
Neighbors in Action Workshops
March 30
12 PM - 1 PM
1509 Cecil B Moore Avenue
Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Join Global Citizen for a workshop focused on community building, leadership, and civic engagement. This workshop will help 
participants identify how to organize service projects and other initiatives in their communities to address needs and increase impact.

To RSVP for the March 30 workshop, please click here

For more information, please contact Tiffany Smith at 215-851-1806 or 
 
 
 
 
Dear --FNAME--,

The old Chinese proverb or curse, “May you live in interesting times,” has ironic meaning in 2017. We live in interesting times following a tumultuous presidential election, with our nation more divided than I can remember. Our mission at Global Citizen is to search for common ground through civic engagement.

As one who comes from a political background where civil rights has always been paramount to my core principals, I realize that people come from different experiences and perspectives. That is one reason why we at Global Citizen have found that serving others, together, can provide an opening to breaking down barriers, building understanding, and finding common sense solutions to community challenges. 

Please join us during March as we celebrate Women's History Month. Better yet, let’s celebrate women’s history and gender equality every month. We invite you to support our partners at Celebrating Sisterhood for a forum on empowering women through political and civic engagement. The National Constitution Center has a variety of Women’s History Month activities. The Women and Gender Studies Department of Rutgers University present a conference March 3rd at the Camden campus on women’s empowerment.

Please join our partners at the American Lung Association, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Knight Foundation, and The Philadelphia Foundation, who will be hosting a variety of service opportunities and events this month.

We continue to host our Neighbors in Action Workshop series. To learn more about best practices for civic engagement through service and other activities to address community needs, join us on March 30 in North Philadelphia

Looking a month ahead, our quarterly discussion series on race, class, and power continues as we again partner with our Global Citizen advisory board member, Temple University communications professor David Brown, for the 10th Annual Bridge Walk for Peace.

Looking a month ahead to April, Mayor Jim Kenney will continue the tradition of leading Philadelphians throughout the City in the 10th annual Philly Spring Cleanup

If you are looking for additional volunteering opportunities this month and beyond, visit our Events Calendar. If your organization is interested in submitting a service project for our calendar, please click here. If you represent a volunteer group or a service organization interested in enlisting our support, please click here
 
To learn more about our programs, visit  www.globalcitizen365.orgemail us at mlk365@GlobalCitizen365.org or call (215) 851-1811. Please like us on facebook to stay updated on upcoming events, service opportunities, and the King Day of Service.  


Best regards,







Todd Bernstein, President, Global Citizen 
Founder and Director,
Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service
 
 
 
 
One King Day, One King Book

Thank you to the hundreds of students who submitted essays for this year's Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service One King Day, One King Book Project. We will be sharing the winning essay in next month's newsletter.
 
 
 
 
 
Educate, Empower & Engage Women in the Political Process Forum
Celebrating Sisterhood will be hosting a women's forum on political and civic engagement. This forum will cover the basics of running for an office, as well as highlight and explain basic resources for an effective campaign. This forum is also for those interested in learning more about the many ways they can employ civic engagement to empower their own communities.

There will be several plenary sessions, a panel discussion, a Q & A segment, and a variety of resource tables on how to engage with your community politically. For more information on this event, please click here
 
 
 
 
 
11th Annual Fight for Air Climb
March 24
6 AM to 1 PM
1717 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103​
Please join the American Lung Association, in partnership with Global Citizen, for the 11th annual Fight for Air Climb. Held at Three Logan Square, one of Philadelphia’s tallest skyscrapers, participants will embark on the vertical challenge of 50 floors, 1,088 steps.

Volunteers are needed from approximately 6:00 am to noon to assist at water stations, check bags, provide logistical help at the finish line, pass out T-shirts or handle concessions.  

To volunteer for the Air Climb please click here. For more information, contact Tiffany Smith at Tiffany@globalcitizen365.org or (215) 851-1806. 
 
 
 
 
 
Coming in April: 
10th Annual Bridge Walk for Peace
April 4
Ben Franklin Bridge & Historic St. George's Church
6 to 8 AM
Join members of the faith and service community to commemorate the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, with a sunrise walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge, followed by coffee and a discussion around race relations in our community.

The discussion following the walk will take place at Historic St. George's United Methodist Church, 235 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA between 7:30 - 8 AM. Refreshments will be served.
 
To RSVP, please click here. For more information, feel free to contact us at
mlk365@globalcitizen365.org or (215) 851-1811. 
 
 
 
 
 
Philly Spring Cleanup
April 8
10 AM to 2 PM
 Various Locations 
Please join us as we partner with the Ray of Hope Project for the 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 8 from 10 am to 2 pm. Everyone is encouraged to come out, get involved and do their part to help make Philadelphia city streets and parks cleaner and safer.

To volunteer for the cleanup, please click here. For more information, contact Tiffany Smith at Tiffany@globalcitizen365.org or (215) 851-1806. 
 
 
 
 
Join Us!

If you represent an organization in need of volunteers or service support opportunities, let us know! We'll work with you to develop an outreach plan, workshops on community engagement, volunteer recruitment mailings, or direct support for a service event. From there, we'll feature your organization in our newsletter to help spread the word.

For service project submissions, please click here. For all other inquiries, please contact us at mlk365@globalcitizen365.org.
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to the following organizations for their ongoing support of MLK365
 
 
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