Dear Friend,


While bitter weather threatened last week’s 24th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, most projects took place as scheduled, with more than 150,000 volunteers serving in some 1,800 projects throughout the region, and many participants committed to impacting communities year-round.

Our overarching focus on young people and the impact of gun violence on communities, finding solutions, and envisioning peace, was highlighted with our Girard College signature project constructing educational Dream Booths-- portable three-dimensional displays of synthetic plastic pipe and Dreamline Banners-- panels of cloth with personal expressions of values and dreams of a world without gun violence. The completed one hundred Dream Booths will each be distributed to schools and community organizations throughout Philadelphia, along with a suggested lesson plan for reflection, discussion, and turning concerns into action.

Our signature project was led by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Lt. Governor John Fetterman-- an AmeriCorps veteran, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Pennsylvania US Senator Bob Casey. They were joined by local students and a special guest, Brendan Duff from Parkland, Florida, a survivor of the February, 2018 Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, and now an anti-gun violence activist.

King Day was also sadly marked by the passing of our dear friend and father of the national Martin Luther King Day of Service, former Pennsylvania US Senator Harris Wofford. We mourn the loss of Harris, a passionate, lifelong civil rights activist and close friend and colleague of Dr. King. His death on King Day itself is a poignant reminder of his commitment to civil rights. We celebrate his extraordinary lifetime of public service.

We have Harris to thank for the expansive success of the national service movement. It is in his honor that we celebrate another record turnout in this year’s King Day of Service. We are grateful for all the volunteers, project organizers, and sponsors for making this year’s event a resounding success.

Harris leaves a legacy demonstrating that one person can make a difference. Together we can do much more by turning a day of volunteering into a lifetime of service.

February is a celebration of Black History Month, with a myriad of opportunities to participate in, like the 27th Annual African-American Children’s Book Fair, events at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.  


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.


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


Harris Wofford 1926-2019

We're looking for someone to join our team! 

We are seeking a Program Director for a new literacy initiative that will address large-scale, ongoing volunteer needs throughout Philadelphia, primarily for the Read by 4th Campaign and its Partner Network. The person in this role will work closely with The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Read by 4th Campaign, the Urban Affairs Coalition, and other Global Citizen staff and partners to create this program, which will impact under-served communities. To learn more or apply click below!

 Mayor’s Day of Service Recognition Awards

The Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Mayor’s Day of Service Recognition Awards! These awards honor Philadelphians that have made a positive impact in their communities through national and volunteer service. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony this spring. We will recognize Philly volunteers in the following categories: 

  • Mayor’s Philly Hero Award
  • Mayor’s Youth Hero Award
  • Mayor’s Distinguished National Service Award
  • Mayor’s Distinguished National Service Alumni Award

You can submit nominations until February 7th.

Thank you for helping us elevate our Philly volunteers!

 African American Museum's Black Pulp!

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, click below! 

Pennypack on the Delaware Park

Date: Saturday, February 2

Time: 10 AM - 12 PM

Location: 7750 State Rd.,

Philadelphia, PA 19136

Service work may include cleaning trash from the natural areas and shoreline, moving brush and fallen timber, invasive shrub removal and raking a nature trail. All ages and skill levels are welcome, there is something for everyone to help with! 


Volunteers will clean trash from the natural areas and shoreline, move brush and fallen timber, remove invasive shrub and rake a nature trail. 


This portion of the trail is located within "Pennypack on the Delaware" Park. If using GPS, use address 7750 State Road. This will take you to an intersection with an access road (you'll see a big blue sign that says Riverview Homes) near Rhawn street, turn onto that road east into the park towards the river. Follow event directional signs to the start of the event (parking is located near the pier upon entering the park).

All volunteers must sign a waiver before they begin work.

Art Sphere Inc. 

Date: February 1,2,8,15

Art Sphere empowers and heals the mind, body and spirit through art. They do this by building partnerships with schools, recreation centers and through social service organizations. They are looking for volunteers for the following events this month. 

  • Date: Saturday, February 2
    9 AM – 12 PM
    8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia PA 19153
    Nature Through Art, table at workshops celebrating groundhog’s day at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Date: Friday, February 1, 8, 15
    9 AM – 12 PM

    Location: BOK Building 1901 S 9th St, Philadelphia PA 19148
     With Drexel Center for Engagement and public , prepping for art classes and assembling art boxes. 
  • Date: Friday, February 8 
    Time: 6- 8 PM

    Location: La Colombe in Fishtown
    Tasks: Valentine card making for senior citizens and veterans.

Interested participants can email to sign up!

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!

The Free Library of Philadelphia

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.

Click below to see a participating library near you!  

The 27th Annual African
American Children's Book Fair

Date: Saturday, February 2

Time: 1 - 4 PM

Location:17th and Spring Garden st

Philadelphia, PA 19136

The 27th Annual African American Children's Book Fair will take place at Community College of Philadelphia, and the event is free and open to the public.


The African American Children's Book Fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for African-American children's books in the country, with an average yearly attendance of more than 3,500.


The fun-filled afternoon is packed with activities that promote the power and JOY OF READING. Authors and illustrators will make presentations and sign their books. The Literary Row will distribute book-related promotional materials free of charge. Our Educator's Book Giveaway will also distribute brand new books to teachers for use in their classrooms and school libraries. In addition there will be a wide selection of affordable literature available to purchase


The African American Children's Book Fair is a part of the African American Children's Book Project's initiative to promote and preserve multicultural children's literature. The organization firmly believes that A BOOK OPENS UP A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES.

Click below for more information!

Safe From the Sun Walk/ 5k Run and Skin Cancer Screening

Date: April 27 -28

Melanoma International Foundation vision for the future i  have top-notch melanoma treatment and have it accessible to all patient globally. If you are interested in volunteering for the Safe From The Sun 2019 Event, please click the button below. 

Saturday, April 27th is for set up. These positions will consist of sorting shirts, setting up banners, tables, etc.

Sunday early morning will consist of final event setup.

Sunday, April 28th during the event tasks will consist of registration check in, race course guidance, kids dash and a variety of other tasks. You must not be participating in the event to volunteer for this time slot.

Sign up today!















Many thanks to all of our partners that hosted projects for the 24th 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.


Overbrook Education center had volunteers, students, and families pair together to sit and read books to/with each other.


African American Museum of Philadelphia held various activities for children and parents.


BCIT Key Club volunteering at the Masonic Home in Burlington, and delivered birthday gifts and cheer.


PPYC & PPFC collaborated to host a Prospect Park Food Donation Drive. 


W.C. Atkinson Memorial Community Service Center Inc. held a hygiene packing project for the homeless. 


Girl Scouts of Eastern PA (Girl Experience) collected donations to give to a local women's shelters


Har Zion Temple held multiple donation drive.


Mount Zion Baptist Church held a community discussion.


Jennersville YMCA created blessings bags for displaced and homeless in Southern Chester County.

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

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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!