Dear --FNAME--, 

As we approach the winter holiday season and more planning takes place in preparation for the 24th annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service, I want to offer some unsolicited reflection. Over the past twenty-three years, we have seen some 1.7 million volunteers celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of social justice and activism by turning community concerns into citizen action. For some, this may be a one day, once a year experience. To those folks who take what could have been a day off and selflessly give back to the community, thank you. 

Ever since I started the King Day of Service in 1996, it was always meant as an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy through breaking down barriers, bringing together people of different backgrounds and ages, building understanding and fostering ongoing partnerships. It is also an opportunity for people to celebrate Dr. Ling’s life and legacy by turning a day of volunteering and solving community challenges into a lifetime of serving others. It is an opportunity to engage in a community-building process of ownership and solving problems in a way that is most important and appropriate for that person or group.

So, as you think about organizing a King Day of Service project(s), we at Global Citizen offer our support. Please go to our website and check out the available technical tools and resources. Let us know how we can be supportive.  See you on January 21 and many days after!

To register a project(s), visit and click the “Register a Project” button on the top menu bar. Please register your King Day project(s) as soon as possible, this will allow for greater lead time to publicize projects and recruit volunteers.
To help support your organizing efforts, we are hosting a series of King Day of Service planning workshops and webinars. We will discuss best practices for project development, volunteer management, and outreach. To see upcoming events and resources available, visit

If you need help using our website, please call us at 215-851-1811 or email us at Any other questions about the planning process, contact Yoon Kim, Outreach and Programs Manager, at or 215-851-1806.

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. 

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. 

Todd Bernstein, President, Global Citizen 
Founder and Director,
Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service
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Toys for Tots 
Toys for Tots 2018 is in full swing.
Please help them give a child living under unfortunate circumstances a good Christmas.
For cash donations please click below. If you want to donate toys please go to the closest drop off location.
Thank you for all your support with Toys for Tots campaign. 
Drop-off Locations
Lord's Pantry Adopt-a-Family

Lord Pantry Christmas program provides gifts to their children and families. In 2017, they were able to provide 290 households (1,110 individuals) with Christmas meals and multiple gifts for each child. This included 94 children who were delighted to receive new bikes. In addition, in an effort not to exclude any of their seniors, veterans and households without children, 353 households were offered a choice of a fleece blanket, crockpot or copper frying pan. They welcome individuals, families, groups or organizations to adopt a registered Lord's Pantry family so all families may enjoy their Christmas! 
If interested in participating please contact Lord's Pantry at 610-873-1149 or email them at
Harmonious Volunteer Center Shoe Drive Campaign

The management of the Harmonious Volunteer Center starts with determining the value of each volunteer who contributes their time; their energies; their money; their dedication to make positive changes in their lives as well as in the lives of others. You can help by donating your unwanted, unused, outgrown gently used or new shoes and footwear to the HVC Shoe Drive Campaign.
To make it convenient for you and others to donate shoes and footwear, through the cooperation of various businesses and individuals who support the HVC Shoe Drive Campaign, they have established drop off locations where shoes are picked up on a regular basis.
Drop-off Locations
Temple University Black Alumni Alliance (TUBAA): Holiday Book Drive
Location: Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books
                5445 Germantown Ave. 
                Philadelphia, PA 19144
Temple’s own Marc Lamont Hill’s Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books is working together for an annual TUBAA Book Drive. They will be collecting new books for children in the North Philadelphia community. The donated books will be given out to children at the Temple University Department of Campus Safety’s Holiday Party in early December.

Drop off book at the address above. If you have any questions contact Shana McGllnchey at 215-204-3167 or by email
Upper Dublin High School Media Center 
Date: December 19
Time: 3 - 5 PM
Location: 800 Loch Alsh Avenue
                Fort Washinton, PA 19034
Are you interested in becoming a substitute teacher or paraprofessional? Come to Insight's Job Fair and Information Session on Wednesday, December 19th from 3-5 PM at the Media Center of Upper Dublin High School to learn more. Insight representatives will be on-site to answer any questions and help you with your application.
Insight is a leading provider of substitute staff for school districts. We are excited to present an opportunity to join our growing team and give back to the various communities we support. To get started on your application, please visit and click the "Apply Now" button in the top right corner of the page.
To RVSP for this event click below.
RSVP here

A Reading Captain is a person over the age of 18, who is committed to sharing literacy resources with the members of his/her community.
Complete the below 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 below to apply! 
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Chester County Food Bank

Volunteers are an integral part of the Chester County Food Bank. From individuals to corporations, each person and every volunteered hour makes an impact on their mission. Whether you want to dig in at one of their partnering farms or gardens, be an ambassador at community events, be hands on in our commercial kitchen, or assist the office team, they would love to have you or your group volunteer! Volunteer opportunities are available year-round, however, their need does vary based on season, weather, inventory and program schedules. 
Click below for more information on registration! 
Volunteer Here
Holiday Participating Shelter
Click below to find a participating shelter that is serving meals on Christmas and accepting all sorts of donations. Contact our Outreach and Program Manger Yoon by email at if you need assistance with the link.  
Shelter Information
Community Healing Ceremony
Date: December 3 
Time:  4:30 - 6 PM
Location: 3900 Woodland Ave
                Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Moral Injury Group (MIG) meets for 90 minutes for twelve consecutive weeks. During this time, the chaplain and psychologist who facilitate the MIG educate combat Veterans with wisdom from psychology (moral emotions, moral disengagement/engagement, post traumatic growth) as well as spirituality and religion (spiritual disciplines, moral values, community, social ethics). 
To RVSP for this event click below. 
Adult MHFA at the American Red Cross
DateDecember 18th
Time: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Location: 2221 Chestnut St
                 4th Fl Board Room
                Philadelphia, PA 19103
Learn the warning signs and how YOU can help!
MHFA is a groundbreaking early intervention and public education program that teaches community members about behavioral health and how to assist a person experiencing a behavioral health problem. MHFA teaches the skills needed to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of behavioral health challenges or crises. First Aid is administered until appropriate treatments and supports are received or until the crisis is resolved. To RVSP for the training click below. 
Art Sphere's 20th Anniversary Party 
Date: December 13
Time: 3 - 9 PM
Location: Bok Building, Studio 502
                1901 S 9th Street   
                Philadelphia, PA 19104
Looking for a group of volunteers who are down to party! Art Sphere is having a bash to celebrate their 20th Anniversary on December 13th and need some committed, reliable people to help us host. Volunteers will arrive at 3 PM for set-up, help usher guests during the party from 5 - 8 PM, and clean up from 8 - 9 PM. This will be a good time with refreshments and drinks for guests and volunteers! Click below to sign up! 
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Join Global Citizen for the next King Day of Service Planning Workshop! These workshops will help participants identify how they may organize service projects and utilize Global Citizen in a partnership, as well as provide information on getting involved in the next King Day of Service.

If you are interested in volunteering for the upcoming King Day of Service, you can explore current projects and opportunities by clicking the volunteer button below. Here are a few projects in need of volunteers so far. 
*To access King Day of Service volunteer opportunities, you must create an account as a volunteer.

  • Sisterhood Annual MLK Program- MLK program will consist of singing, MLK reflection, praise, dancing, poetry, and followed by MLK Skit 136 East Broad Street, Burlington NJ 08016
  • Bethel Community Baptist Church-They will be cooking homemade vegetable soup, pack soup cups, make sandwiches, fill toiletries bag, sort coats, prepare snack pack|16677 Wayne Ave. Upper Darby, PA 19082
  • Har Zion Temple- Donation of non-perishables to a local food pantry and cooking about 200 meals in need in the community! | 1500 Hagys Ford Rd Penn Valley, PA 19072
  • Hedgeville Community Cleanup and March- Volunteer and community will clean the streets, alley, and sidewalks of debris and trash within the 6th District of the City of Wilmington. We are ending with a Peace March through the community commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This march will end at the Parkway Gym with a program and lunch for all of the volunteers! | 304 S. Harrison St. Wilmington, Delaware 19805
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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! 

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