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Become a Reading Captain​​​​​​​

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

If you're interested in becoming a Reading Captain, you can register to be notified of upcoming Reading Captain orientation sessions here

Wawa Welcome America Festival

Wawa Welcome America is a 6-day festival with over 50 free multicultural and multi-generational events celebrating America’s birthday in America’s birthplace – Philadelphia. The citywide festival is jam packed with fireworks displays, free concerts, free museum days, community events, outdoor movie screenings, block parties and more!

To ensure that the festival runs smoothly, its committee needs volunteers to help out at a variety of events during the festival. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please click here


Become a Reading Coach

Join the Philadelphia Reading Coaches, a new program, based on proven models, that
combines early reading support, access to books, and community volunteers to boost reading skills for our city’s children. The program works by pairing trained volunteers with young students - kindergarten through 3rd grade, and by providing fun and child-guided reading experiences that help build reading skills and motivation.

To learn more or to sign up to be a Reading Coach, please 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
July 2018 Newsletter
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Dear --FNAME--, 

In a nation too often divided by political ideology, it is more important than ever to find common ground. Civic engagement brings us together by turning community concerns into citizen action among people of diverse backgrounds and ages.

With summer here, there are many hands-on opportunities to serve, and ways to explore the complexities of the human condition and interpersonal relations by participating in our 10th Annual Beer Summit on Race, another in our Global Citizen series of dialogues on race, class, and power. 

This annual conversation, to be held on July 30 at Reading Terminal Market, marks the 2009 arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates on the porch of his own home by Cambridge Police Sargent James Crowley, and their subsequent “Beer Summit” at the White House with President Obama and Vice President Biden. 

Seating for the Beer Summit is limited, so please sign-up here ASAP. We look forward to another important conversation on July 30, where we will explore problems and solutions.

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

July 4th Picnic in the Park 
July 4
10 am - 3 pm
Valley Forge National Historical Park
1400 N Outer Line Dr
King of Prussia, PA
Help Valley Forge National Historical Park host its biggest event of the year: July 4th Community Picnic in the Park!

Valley Forge National Historical Park cannot do this community favorite event without the help of volunteers. There are games and prizes, food and fun, all happening at the park on July 4th. We have a special need for Parking & Traffic Direction volunteers, however there are other activity station positions.

To sign up directly, click here or contact Lindsey Brendel at

Building Respect in Communities:
Peace Olympics
10 am - 2 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center
2200 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
The Youth Peace Olympics (YPO) is dedicated to helping young people ages 10 to 16 bring home a championship by taking part in sports, art, drama, music and coaching geared toward enriching, healthy living and curbing violence. There are three training sessions on conflict resolution, peace, non-violence and character building that take place in the summer leading up to the YPO games.The focus of these training sessions is on growth in spiritual and character development to foster a sense of connection and participation in family and community. 
Volunteers are needed to assist with registration, training facilitation, set up, break down, food service, and monitoring children.

For more information or to volunteer, please click here.

10th Annual Beer Summit
on Race Relations
July 30
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Reading Terminal Market
51 North 12th Street
Following the July 2009 arrest of Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates, on the front porch of his own home by Cambridge Police Sergeant, James Crowley, President Obama invited the two men to the White House for a meeting over beer to discuss the incident.

At the same time in Philadelphia, Global Citizen held its own Beer Summit in Center City for concerned citizens to meet, mingle, and discuss race relations in our city and throughout America.

On Monday, July 30, we will continue our discussion about race, class, and power, focusing on Race in America During the Trump Presidency. Beer (including non-alcoholic), soft drinks and snacks will be provided.

Space is limited. To RSVP to participate in the Beer Summit, please click here. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer at this event, please click here

For more information, please contact Global Citizen at (215) 851-1811 or

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