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Become a Reading Captain! 

March 10
11 am - 12:30 pm
 Widener Library
 2808 West Lehigh Ave. 
March 14
6 - 7:30 pm
 Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia 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

Volunteer or Participate in the Philadelphia Flower Show!
March 3 - 11
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets

Join the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) as a volunteer for the Philadelphia Flower Show.This year's theme is the wonders of water.

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.

Shoot Hoops and Support Philly Young People!

March 16
6 - 8 pm
Ludlow School Gym
600 Master Street

Spend some time supporting Philadelphia students and having fun at the Martin Luther King March Madness Basketball Event! Volunteers will lead students through skill building exercises and scrimmages. To learn more and sign up, go here.

Please note that you will need up to date PA Child Abuse History Clearances. If you do not already have these clearances, please go here

Neighbors in Action Webinar
March 21
2 pm

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 March 21 workshop, please click here
For more information, please contact Mela Still at 215-851-1806 or

Thank you to all the One King Day, One King Book Student Readers
Thank you for joining us in reading one (or all!) of this year's One King Day, 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+). We received many wonderful student entries and we will share the winning submission in next month's newsletter! 

Tell Us About Your King Day of Service!

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.

​​​​​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
March 2018 Newsletter
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Dear --FNAME--, 

In the wake of the last month’s horrific Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the surviving students have demonstrated incredible courage, passion, and resolve, raising awareness and demanding change in laws governing the use of assault weapons.  

After never ending gun violence tragedies around the nation, followed by a public hue and cry for sensible gun safety legislation, the result always seems to be the same- governmental inaction. But, the aftermath of this latest tragedy may be different.

The individual and collective voices of the courageous Parkland, Florida students are giving rise to a growing movement of young people demanding legislative action in state houses and in Congress. To learn more about these amazing young people, what they have been doing, and are planning, follow them at #NeverAgain. 

Today marks the start of Women’s History Month, highlighting the historical role of women, particularly in the civil rights movement. We can be inspired by people like activist Fannie Lou Hamer, who traveled the nation in the 1960’s, speaking out against efforts to prevent African Americans from exercising their right to vote. Decades later, fighting for voting rights still continues and educating and empowering women as leaders is more important than ever. 

Women's History Month highlights opportunities to serve. Consider volunteering at (or attending) the Women Who Write Book Fair, participating in the various activities hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia network, or becoming a reading captain or Mighty Writers mentor and empowering young people in your community. 

Looking ahead, April 4 will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For the 11th year, we are partnering with our friend and colleague, Rev. David Brown, to organize the Bridge Walk for Peace and  highlight the #BeTheChangeCampaign. The Bridge Walk for Peace is part of Global Citizen’s quarterly discussion series on race, class, and power.

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

Volunteer at the Women Who Write Book Fair!
March 24
1 - 3:30 pm
Sturgis Recreation Center
200 65th Avenue
Join You're Beautifully Made and the Helen E. Sturgis Recreation Center for their Women Who Write Book Fair and Fundraiser. There will be author presentations, light refreshments, a children's activity corner, as well as book exhibits and sales.The event is free, and the funds raised will go to a summer mentoring program for young women in the community. Volunteers are needed to help participants make books, participate in other activities, do children's face painting, and assist with event check in. If you'd like to attend the event, please register here. If you would like to be a volunteer for the event, email or call 215-851-1806. 

The Free Library of Philadelphia
Various Locations 

Throughout Women's History Month, The Free Library of Philadelphia will be hosting a series of events for children, adults, and families. Events include film screenings, artists talks, author interviews, and a presentation from representatives of the Lesbian Herstory Archives. 

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

Join Congresswoman Blondell Reynolds Brown for Women's History Month: Women's History on Tap!
March 28
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Philadelphia City Hall 
1400 John F Kennedy Boulevard 
Room 401 (City Council Caucus Room) 
Join Congresswoman Blondell Reynolds Brown for Women's History on Tap. At this event, Grace Palladino will lend a comedic lens to the history of women in the United States and showcase how truly talented and inspiring women really are.
In keeping with the "on tap" theme, beverages will be provided, however, "equali-tea" and desserts will be served in lieu of beer! To attend, please sign up here

Women's History Month Leadership Luncheon
March 31
12 - 2:30 pm
Hilton Hotel
4200 City Avenue
Join Teenshop, Inc. for a luncheon in celebration of women's excellence. Teenshop, Inc. is an enrichment program for girls that has supported 8,000 girls of color in five states to reach their goals and begin college, To get tickets and learn more about the luncheon, please click here

Become a Mighty Writers Mentor!
March 7
4 - 5:30 pm
Carver High School
1600 West Norris Street
Join us for a Mighty Writers (MW) information session. The organization is dedicated to teaching Philadelphia kids ages 7 to 17 to think and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, work, and in life. During the session, learn about the MW student body and how to start a successful new mentorship. We'll cover how to set goals with your mentee, first meeting and mentor reporting procedures, and tips for building relationship & supporting the writing process

If you would like to sign up for the information session, please click here

The Fight for Air Climb
March 24 
7:30 am
Three Logan Square
1717 Arch Street
Please join the American Lung Association, in partnership with Global Citizen, for the Fight for Air Climb. Held at Three Logan Square, one of Philadelphia’s tallest skyscrapers, participants will embark on the vertical challenge of climbing 50 floors, or 1,088 steps.

You can register for the Fight for Air Climb as a participant in the climb here.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with registration, water stations, checking bags, providing logistical help at the finish line, passing out T-shirts and handling concessions. If you would like to volunteer for the event, please click here, and choose "Participate as a volunteer." 

Coming in April: 
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 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 or (215) 851-1811.

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