PhilaU Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Community Service

As part of the National King Day of Service, students at Philadelphia University will celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 16 with two service opportunities in Philadelphia.

Student volunteers will assist the Unitarian Society of Germantown from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. by helping to clean up a day center at Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network or by cleaning and organizing the Stenton Family Manor. A second project will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Klein JCC. Volunteers will help with the congregant lunch, visit senior participants and help with a BINGO program after lunch.

Transportation will be provided to and from all of the projects. Students participating in the Unitarian Society of Germantown projects will meet at the Ram Statue at 8 a.m. and will return to campus by 1:45 p.m. Volunteers for the Klein JCC project will meet at the Ram Statue at 10:30 a.m. and return to campus by 1:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack and wear comfortable clothes and shoes that they will not mind getting dirty.

Volunteers are still needed for all of the projects. Visit The Kanbar Campus Center Room 317 for more information on the projects or to sign up.

In addition to the volunteer projects, students are encouraged to attend the eleventh annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture in Social Justice at the University of Pennsylvania. The lecture features Donna Brazile, political commentator and strategist and author, in a conversation with Camille Z. Charles, director of the Center for African Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Click here for more information about the lecture or call 215-951-2643 or email

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at Zellerbach Theater in the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. Those interested in attending the lecture can sign up in Kanbar 317 for free SEPTA tokens.

Questions about the Martin Luther King Day of Service and learning opportunities can be directed to Mare Somaine in the Office for Student Development by phone at 215-951-2856 or by email at

“These service opportunities are great ways for PhilaU to honor Dr. King’s legacy by making a difference in the local community,” said Somaine, associate director of student development. “These projects represent what MLK Day is truly about.”

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to honor Dr. King’s memory by donating their time and talents to others.

The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is the largest King Day event in the United States. This year, approximately 70,000 volunteers will conduct service activities in the Philadelphia area.

For more information on the National King Day of Service, visit For more information on service opportunities, visit the Office for Student Development.

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