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Many thanks 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.

Become a Reading Captain! 

February 3
11 am - 12:30 pm
Lawncrest Library
6098 Rising Sun Ave.
February 7
6 - 7:30 pm
Blackwell Regional Library
125 S. 52nd St.
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.

You're invited to attend an orientation session to learn about Read by 4th, what your role as a Reading Captain requires, and receive hard-copy resources and swag to help you in your new role. Register here

Participate in the Mayor's Annual Literacy Summit!
February 6
10 - 11:30 am
Congregation Rodeph Shalom
615 N. Broad Street

Join Read by 4th for the Mayor's 4th Annual Summit: Advancing Early Literacy. The Summit will bring together civic leaders to help bring promising innovations to every neighborhood, school, and family in the city. To learn more and register, click here

Celebrate African American History Month at the National Constitution Center
February 19
9:30 am - 5 pm
Independence Mall
525 Arch Street
The National Constitution Center will have free admission on February 19th as well as activities in honor of African American History Month. Activities include a Giant Game Board, an Emancipation Proclamation Document Workshop, and Breaking Barriers Show. Learn more here

Did you participate in the One King Day, One King Book Initiative?
Thank you for joining us in reading one (or all!) of this year's One King Book choices: As Fast as Words Could Fly by Pamela M. Tuck, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (recommended for grades K-5); The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (recommended for grades 5-8); March: Book One by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell (recommended for grades 8+)!

If you (or your student) read one of the books, please send us your response to the question: What can you learn from the story about courage and taking action in any medium (artwork, poetry, essays etc. are all welcome).
Learn more here
February 2018 Newsletter
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Dear --FNAME--, 

Thank you to all those who participated in last month's 23rd Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. With your support, some 150,000 people celebrated Dr. King by turning their community concerns into citizen action in the largest King Day event in the nation. The key of course is the need to turn a day of community volunteering into a lifetime of service.
Below are photos from the King Day of Service signature project at Girard College and community projects in the region. Please continue to share your photos with us via email  (

For more photos from the 23rd annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, click here. For highlights of media coverage for the event, click here.

February presents opportunities to serve as we celebrate Black History Month. Please consider the 26th Annual African American Children's Book Fair, and participating in the events at the African American Museum of Philadelphia, as well as the opportunities at the Free Library.
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

23rd Annual King Day of Service
Students choose books provided by Springboard Collaborative at Girard College.

Volunteers, including Mayor Kenney, package rice for families in need.
Volunteers prepare signs for a march to the Rotunda in West Philadelphia. 
Volunteers build pallet gardens to promote indoor gardening.

Temple University provides free health screenings as part of the Girard College Signature Site event.

The 26th Annual African
American Children's Book Fair
February 3 
1 - 4 pm
Community College of Philadelphia - Gymnasium
17th and Spring Garden Streets

The African American Children’s Book Project serves to promote and preserve African American children's books from preschool age to young adults. 

Join the African American Children's Book Project for the 26th Annual African American Children's Book Fair on Saturday, February 3  from 1 - 4 pm in the Community College of Philadelphia's Gymnasium.  

For more information go here, call (215) 878-BOOK (literary hotline), or email

African American Museum in Philadelphia
February 2
6:30 - 8:30 pm
African American Museum 
701 Arch Street

Start off Black History Month by attending the African American Museum's Black Pulp! Opening Reception on Friday February 2nd at 6:30 pm, learn more here.

Black Pulp! is an overview of over a century of image production by black artists and publishers, and non-black artists and publishers who foreground the black experience. The material included ranges from small-run magazines, novels, posters, and comic books, to traditional and experimental fine art prints that challenge racist narratives and preconceived notions of black experience.The event is free with RSVP, which you can do here

To view more events at the African American Museum, please go here.

The Free Library of Philadelphia
Various Locations 

Throughout Black History Month, The Free Library of Philadelphia will be hosting a series of performances and activities for children, adults, and families. Events include Black History Month Bingo; workshops on Octavius V. Catto; movie screenings; a panel discussion on mental health, trauma and the African American community; and sessions on making hair products for diverse needs. 

For more information about these, and other, events, click here. 

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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

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