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Become a Reading Captain!

April 7
11 am - 12:30 pm
 Lawncrest Library
6098 Rising Sun Ave
You're invited to become a Reading Captain and attend an orientation session to learn about the Read by 4th Reading Captain Program, the role of the Reading Captain and receive hard-copy resources and swag to help you in your new role.

A Reading Captain (a takeoff on Block Captain) is a member of the community who connects families to resources and tips that will help children become great readers.

Register here

Participate in the National School Walkout!
April 20
Various Locations
Join people all across the world as we stand up against gun violence and walk out on Friday, April 20th. Students have led this charge and now we are tasked with supporting the movement. You can learn more and sign up here

Neighbors in Action Workshops 
April 11
10 - 11 am

Join Global Citizen for a webinar 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 workshop, please click here
For more information, please contact Mela Still at 215-851-1806 or

Philadelphia Spring Cleanup!
April 7
9 am - 2 pm
Various Locations
The 11th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup, led by Mayor Jim Kenney, will be held on Saturday, April 7. With your help, each of the last ten years has been bigger and better than the last. Join your neighbors to help make Philadelphia even more beautiful! To register or learn more, please click here

Join us for Red Goes Green at the Phillies v. Giants Game! 
May 9
6:30 - 10:30 pm
Citizens Bank Park
1 Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Global Citizen is organizing a team to participate in the Phillies' Red Goes Green campaign. We will help with the Phillies' recycling efforts by collecting recyclables during their home game against the San Francisco Giants. Volunteers are asked to collect items until the 7th inning. Afterwards, volunteers are welcome to enjoy the rest of the game and cash in a free meal voucher provided by the Phillies. 

Volunteers must be able to stand the entire game and to walk up and down the steps and between sections to collect recyclable items from the seating area. Volunteers between 8 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

To volunteer at the Phillies Red Goes Green event with us, please click here. For more information, please contact Mela Still at (215) 851-1806 or

Tell Us About Your King Day of Service!

Many thanks again to all of our partners that hosted projects for the 23rd annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service.
Please share your stories of service with us. Email pictures to  Also, please log back into your account to submit your outcomes report to be included as part of the narrative of service celebrating Dr. King's legacy.

​​​​​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. Please contact us here
April 2018 Newsletter
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Dear --FNAME--, 

April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination. It is a time to reflect on the state of race relations, locally and across the nation. As is our tradition, we are partnering again with our friend and colleague, Rev. David Brown, to organize the 11th Annual Bridge Walk for Peace, part of Global Citizen’s quarterly discussion series on race, class, and power. This early sunrise walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge will be followed by a dialogue on race and Dr. King’s life and legacy. We are also highlighting the #BeTheChangeCampaign.
Our ongoing discussion on race will include a focus on the impact of gun violence. The collective outrage resulting after February's Stoneman Douglas High School massacre and incredible turnout for the March for Our Lives rallies in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and more than 800 cities around the world, is evidence of a growing movement, led by young people. Let’s continue to follow their lead, focused on turning concerns about gun violence, from suburban enclaves to urban neighborhoods, into action and results.

As part of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, we invite you to join our partners from POWER, for a 5 pm prayer vigil and rally at Philadelphia’s Municipal Services Building- Thomas Paine Plaza/opposite City Hall.
Please join us on Saturday, April 7 in projects across Philadelphia for the 11th annual Philly Spring Cleanup, led by Mayor Kenney. We will also be partnering with It's Not Your Fault and Let's See if We Can Help in service projects to serve fellow Philadelphians.

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 group or organization interested in enlisting our support, please click here.  

To learn more about our programs, visit, email us at 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

Congrats to the One King Day, One King Book Winner! 
Congratulations to Sydney Farrell of Brandywine Springs School, the winner of the 2018 King Day of Service, One King Day, One King Book project! Sydney's essay reflects on As Fast as Words Could Fly by Pamela M. Tuck, illustrated by Eric Velasquez.

As this year's winner, Sydney will receive two tickets to the Adventure Aquarium. Thank you to the hundreds of students who submitted essays. For more information on our One King Day, One King Book initiative, please click here

Join us for the
11th Annual Bridge Walk for Peace
April 4
6 - 8 am 
Ben Franklin Bridge & Historic St. George's Church

Join members of the faith and community at-large to recognize the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, with a 6 am 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 - 8 AM. Refreshments will be served.
To RSVP, please click here. For more information, feel free to contact us at or (215) 851-1811.

Join POWER for a
Prayer Vigil and Rally
April 4
 5 pm 
Thomas Paine Plaza
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

To honor Martin Luther King's legacy, Philadelphia must win the right to unions for all. On April 4, POWER invites you to join hospitality workers with a one-day fast by abstaining from food, buying, and working. We also ask you to wear all black in solidarity with workers. At 5 pm, POWER will host a Mass prayer vigil with all faith, community, and labor supporters You can view the full list of events and learn more here

Attend Fruit of the Spirit's Community Garden Open House
April 14
11 am - 2 pm
1701-11 N 55th Street
Fruit of the Spirit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to improving health and nutrition in urban communities. They are embarking on their fifth growing season at our community garden in Overbrook East; and want to invite those interested in growing organic fruits and vegetables to an "Open House" on Saturday, April 14. At that time, those interested can sign up for adult gardening workshops, Saturday workshops for children; as well as sign up for raised bed gardening, all FREE of cost to the community.

Sign up for the event here. You can learn more here or by emailing Beverly Giles Carter at

It's Not Your Fault Spring Service Day
April 18
10 am - 3 pm
2229 North Cleveland Street

Join It's Not Your Fault, in collaboration with Global Citizen, for a day of service around homelessness in North Philadelphia. It's Not Your Fault is a non-profit organization that provides supportive services to those that have been neglected, rejected, and isolated. 
Volunteers are needed to help prepare and cook food, pack snack bags, and clean and paint the facilities for individuals and families that drop-by. Volunteers are also needed to bring donations of paper products to serve food (plates, cups, bowls, napkins) and cleaning supplies (disinfecting wipes, air fresheners etc.). 

To register for this volunteer opportunity or for  more information please contact Mela Still at (215) 851-1806 or

Chosen 300, Inc.'s 5 Mile Run/Walk Against Homelessness
April 21
8 am - 1 pm
Mondauk Common Park
Dillon & Susquehanna Roads 
Ft. Washington, PA 19034
Chosen 300 has served over 100,000 people suffering from food insecurity in the Philadelphia area every year. Supported entirely by more than 85 churches in the Philadelphia region, Chosen 300 relies on private gifts from individuals, private companies, churches and organizations to maintain its mission work in Philadelphia and around the world. 

Funds raised from the Walk Against Homelessness will go directly to support the many programs offered by Chosen 300, which include feeding over 2,100 people weekly and job readiness trainings. To RSVP for this event, please click here. For More Information Call 215-765-9806

Volunteer at Free Financial Literacy Workshops
April 14
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Logan Branch of the Free Library
1333 Wagner Ave. 
April 28
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oak Lane Branch of the Free Library 
6614 N. 12th St.

Join Let's See If We Can Help as a volunteer for their workshop series focused on financial literacy. The workshops will answer participant questions about deeds, estate planning, property rights, and taxes.

Volunteer responsibilities will include welcoming and assisting guests, and helping with set up and clean up for the events. For more information on the workshops and to sign up as a volunteer, please call or email Mela Still, or 215-851-1806. 

Thank you to the following organizations for their ongoing support of 
our Year-Round Volunteer Program