Dear Friend,


One hundred years ago, in 1919, Congress passed the 19th amendment to the US Constitution, giving women the right to vote. However, the struggle for the vote for some did not end with the ratification of the 19th amendment. In some Southern states, African-American women and men were unable to freely exercise their right to vote up until the 1960’s.


The Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote.


As we recognize and celebrate March as Women’s History Month, we are also reminded that active citizenship does not begin and end in the voting booth. To overcome lingering barriers to full parity for women of all backgrounds, we can be engaged in our communities all year long.

In that spirit, please consider Women’s History Month volunteer opportunities to continue a collective commitment to serving others, particularly in undeserved communities.


For additional volunteer 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 organization interested in enlisting our support, please click here.


If you need help using our website, please call us at 215-851-1811 or email us at Any other questions, contact Yoon Kim, Outreach and Programs Manager, at or 215-851-1806. 


To learn more about our programs, visit, email us at or call 215-851-1811. Please like us on Facebook or Twitter to stay updated on upcoming events, service opportunities, and the King Day of Service.


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

Women History Month

Did you know, it wasn't until The Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978 that women were no longer allowed to be fired for being pregnant, and that was only 41 years ago!  Celebrate and learn the accomplishments of women that have made history, hosted by various Free Library of Philadelphia branches. Different locations will be hosting a series of performances and activities for children, adults, and families. Click below to see a participating library near you!  

There are also other places celebrating Women's History Month, like the National Constitution Center. They have interactive displays about the women's suffrage movement and the Equal Rights Amendments; also a music video workshop inspired by Lady Gaga. If you want to see  celebrations of Women's History Month click below!  

Temple University Urban Archives has assembled a digital exhibit entitled "Celebrating Black History and Women's History Months." The exhibit showcases Urban Archives materials from various collections, including the George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Collection. In addition, the Urban Archives in conjunction with the Temple University Libraries will be sponsoring Black History and Women's History Month with lectures and book discussions throughout March. Click below to check out the digital exhibition and more information on lectures. 

Gift of Life Donor Program's Spring Workshop

Date: March 7

Time: 6:30 - 8 PM

Location: 401 North 3rd St,

Philadelphia, PA 19123

Gift of Life Donor Program invites you to a Spring workshop, facilitated by a social worker and there is no cost to attend. Individuals may attend any/all sessions that are of interest and are open to donor families, as well as members of the community. Parking is free and light refreshments will be served. If interested, please  RVSP to Carla Levins at or by calling 

1-800-366-6771 ext.1104

Click below for the workshops that will be hosted this springs! 

Earth Day Cleanup at Croydon Woods and Bristol Marsh Nature Preserves

When: April 22nd  

Time: 10 AM - 2 PM


Bristol Marsh Nature Preserve (Maple Beach) 350 Basin Park, Bristol, PA, 19007 

OR   Croydon Wood Nature Preserve (behind Keystone Elementary School) address

1900 Summit Ave, Croydon, PA 19021

After cold caused the delay of Heritage Conservancy’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, it has been rescheduled for Earth Day!  In celebration of Earth Day, help them clean up trash at two nature preserves. Assist in keeping these preserves clean for the community, included two local school, to enjoy! The more trash you collect, the less will get washed into our waterways!

Register with Liz at 215-345-7020 ext. 105 or Pick your location when you sign up.

Click below for more information. 

Philly Reads Reading Olympic Volunteer Opportunity

Every year around 2,000 students sign up and train for many months to prepare for the Reading Olympics competitions that occur in May. In order to support these 2,000 students as they compete we need an army of volunteers.  

Volunteer’s role:

As a volunteer you will be asked to either be a moderator (asking the questions), a scorekeeper (keeping score), or support staff.  Don’t worry, all the questions and answers are provided for you! There will be training at the site on the morning of the event.  

Dates & Locations:

  • May 1 - Temple University
  • May 8 - Community College of Philadelphia Main Campus
  • May 9 - Community College of Philadelphia Northeast Regional Campus
  • May 16 - School District of Philadelphia, 440 North Broad Street
  • May 17 - LaSalle University
  • May 20 - Philadelphia University/Jefferson
  • May 22 - Saint Joseph's University

How to Register:

Complete the online registration by clicking below. 

Please register only if you are 100% certain you would like to volunteer. They cannot run the Reading Olympics without an adequate number of volunteers, so it is critical that you attend once you register.  

They promise you will have a great time supporting children who have worked so hard to prepare for the competition! 

Click below for more information. 

Harris Wofford's Memorial Service

Date: Saturday, March 2

Time: 2 PM

Location: Cramton Auditorium – Howard University
2455 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059

This public gathering of family, friends, colleagues from past adventures and admirers of Harris over some seven decades of public service will be a celebration of his remarkable life working tirelessly for civil rights, social justice, and national service. Please follow the link below to register, if you are able to attend.


Mighty Writer New Mentor Training

Date: March 3

Time: 1-3 PM 

Location: 1501 Christian St., Philadelphia, PA 19146

At Mighty Writers, they teach kids to write. They work with kids throughout the year to get them to think clearly and write with clarity. Learn about the MW mentorship program and how to start a successful new writing mentor relationship with Mighty youth. They will explore tips on building trust and setting goals together, first meeting protocol, and mentor reporting procedures. If interested, please RSVP with Christina Rissell at 

Neighbors In Action Workshop

Date: March 28

Time: 4-5 PM 

Location: 1509 Cecil B. Moore Ave., 2nd Floor Philadelphia, PA 19121 Room 214

We are starting our Neighbors in Action workshop for 2019! This workshop is great for anyone who wants to continue serving beyond the King Day of Service and doesn't know where to start. This workshop will help participants identify how they can organize service projects and utilize Global Citizen in a partnership, as well as provide information on getting involved in the next King Day of Service in January, 2020. Please click below to RSVP. 

12th Annual Philly

Spring Clean Up

Date: April 6

Time: 10 AM - 1 PM

Come Join The Ray of Hope Project & The Philadelphia Streets Department for the 12th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup. They are looking for volunteers at the following locations:

1. 2000 N. Etting Street, 19121
2. 4000 N. Fairhill Street, 19140
3. 4600 Griscom Street, 19124
4. 4000 N. 7th Street, 19140
5. 1300 Ruan Street, 19124
6. 400 N. 65th Street, 19151
7. 1400 Church Street, 19124
8. 3100 Tasker Street, 19145
9. 1900 E. Margaret Street, 19124
10. 200 W. Cambria Street, 19133
11. 1000 W. Glenwood Ave, 19131


Please email Ray at with the location you wish to partcipate at. 

A Reading Captain is a person over the age of 18, who is committed to sharing literacy resources with the members of his/her community.
Complete the below form to attend an orientation session to learn about Read by 4th, understand what your role as a Reading Captain requires, and receive hard-copy resources and swag!
Read by 4th is a citywide coalition of partners managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia. Click below to apply!


Congratulation to Melanie Jaimenez for winning this year's One King One Book contest!


Melanie Jimenez read Because They Marched and wrote the poem in response to our question "What can you learn from the story about courage and taking action?" Thank you Melanie for your beautiful poem. 


We also had over 200+ submissions this year and there were many that came close to winning. Click below to see the others that stood out to us.


Thank you everyone for your participation, and we can't wait to see what's in store for next year! 


If you would like more information on how you can participate next year, please email our Outreach and Program Manager, Yoon Kim, at  


What is Courage? 

Courage is fighting for what you believe in no matter the cost. 

Courage is never giving up and pushing through even when times get rough. 

Courage is not only looking after yourself but the generations to come. 

Courage is fighting for you and the person next to you. 

Courage is knowing the future battle and and overcoming it. 

Courage is confronting your enemies. 

Courage is the only way to make a difference. 


-Melanie Jimenez

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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. Please contact us here.


Click here to go on Repair the World's website for even MORE volunteer opportunities!