Dear Friend,


The Dalai Lama once said, “It is our collective and individual responsibility…to preserve and tend to the world in which we all live.” April marks the return of spring and the blooming of forsythia, magnolia, cherry, dogwoods and more.  This annual renewal of earth’s natural beauty serves as a reminder of our individual and collective responsibility as stewards of the environment and planet. 


Earth Day on the 22nd and Arbor Day on the 26th represent ceremonial opportunities to focus on how each of us can play an important role and responsibility to preserve and protect our natural resources. Every other day in the month is also an opportunity to do our part.


April also marks the 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 with our friend and colleague, Rev. David Brown, to organize the 12th Annual Bridge Walk for Peace on Thursday, April 4. This event is a 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 gun violence, race, and Dr. King’s legacy.


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.


Best regards,


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

Earth Month

The Philadelphia Horticultural Society teams up with other organizations for a full month of green activities and programs.  Join the celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day events, neighborhood clean-ups, environmental workshop, training, lectures and other ways to celebrate the spring season and protect our natural resources. Click below to see a full schedule of events. 

Red Cross Training 

Become a student of the American Red Cross, while obtaining life-saving knowledge and skills designed to keep you prepared in the event of an emergency, with all the latest health and safety training techniques and certification programs. Conveniently access course information online, detailed reference pages, and manuals designed to support your learning experience, as well as the latest in continuing education opportunities. Click below for more information. 

Philles Red Goes Green with Global Citizen

When: May 14 

Time: 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Location: Citizen Bank Park 

One Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Join Global Citizen for Phillies' Red Goes Green Team. We are looking for volunteers to help the Phillies with their recycling efforts by collecting recyclable plastic and aluminum bottles during the game vs. the Brewers.


As a volunteer, you will receive the following:

  • A limited number of complimentary parking passes
  • Meal ticket
  • View of the game while collecting recyclables
  • Option to stay for the remainder of the game after the 7th inning


Please RSVP by May 7th.  

Adult, Youth, & Family Volunteer Opportunities Fair

Date: April 6

Time: 10 AM - 1 PM 

Location: 5 Pioneer Blvd. Westampton, NJ 08060

The Burlington county library system in participation with the Volunteer Center of Burlington County will host an adult, youth, and family volunteer opportunities fair. 

Come and meet representatives from a varity of organizations who will offer volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. 

For more information, please call The Volunteer Center of Burlington County at 

609-894-9311 x 1492 or email

2019 Literacy Carnival & Summer Camp Fair

Date: April 13

Time: 1- 4 PM

Location: South Philadelphia High School 2101 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19148

Bethanna and Mayor's Office of Education present 2019 Literacy Carnival and Summer Camp Fair. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of free fun focused on reading. Guests can enjoy carnival games, performances, book giveaways, read alouds, snacks and meet with dozens of representatives from local summer camps, youth summer employment, and educational programs.


They are looking for volunteer organizations and volunteer individual, click below to register. 

Bridge Walk for Peace

Date: April 4 

Time: 6 - 9 AM

Location: 5th and Race Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Please join members of the faith and service communities to commemorate the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Thursday, April 4. The 12th Annual Bridge Walk for Peace will start with a sunrise walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge, followed by coffee and a discussion around Dr. King, race, and the impact of gun violence, particularly on young people.


The event will start promptly at 6:00 AM (when the pedestrian walkway opens) at the north walkway entrance (5th and Race Streets) of the Philadelphia side of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Walkers will traverse across the bridge, stopping at the pinnacle to offer a prayer for peace at sunrise, and return to Philadelphia (approximately 3 miles total).


Following the Bridge Walk, we will gather at Old St. George’s United Methodist Church (235 N. 4 th Street), located at the foot of the bridge, to discuss ways to work for peace in our communities.


Click below to RSVP. For further information, call 215-851-1811.

Convey of Hope Philadelphia Community Event

Date: April 27

Time: 10 AM

Location: W. Hunting Park Ave & N. 9th St. Philadelphia, PA 19140

Convoy of Hope Philadelphia serves dozens of communities throughout the world, by providing them with free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, meals and much more. Join them to run their community event by clicking below. If you have questions, please contact Convoy of Hope by email at or be phone by 215-792-4178

Free Dental Event for Kids

Date: April 15-22

Time: 4-5 PM 

*Must make an Appointment 

Smile Day is free dental care for children 1-18 years old, particularly who have no dental insurance or haven’t been to the dentist in over 6 months.
Children will receive care in dentists' offices in Delaware, Montgomery & Philadelphia counties.
Call PCCY to make an appointment (in any language) starting today, April 1st at 215-563-5848 x21

If you would like to volunteer, please sign up by clicking below. They are especially in need of Spanish speaking volunteers to staff the call center in our Spring Garden office during the weeks of April 1 and 8.


They are also looking for volunteers to do:

  • Community Outreach – get out in the community to help recruit children in need of free dental care! Be on the front lines by passing out flyers on the street, talking to families, and giving flyers to local businesses. Consider doing this with friends.
  • Language interpreters – Provide in-person language interpretation during the week of April 15 to 22  at selected dental offices. Exact days and locations in Philadelphia to be determined.
  • Call Center – Answer phones and help make appointments for children at PCCY’s office in Spring Garden from April 1 to 22. Please feel free to sign up for multiple shifts and multiple days.
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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! 

We are continuing our planning workshops for anyone who wants to  serve others beyond the King Day of Service and might not know where to start. Neighbors In Action workshops will help participants identify how they can organize service projects and partner with Global Citizen, as well as provide information on getting involved in the next King Day of Service in January, 2020. Please click RSVP at time you can make it! 


  • April 16th (Tuesday, 1 PM) - Webinar RSVP Here

A Reading Captain is a person over the age of 18, who is committed to sharing literacy resources with members of his/her community.
Complete the 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 here to apply to be a Reading Captain.