MLK Day events, volunteer opportunities (updated)

January 10, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is on Monday, Jan. 15. Here’s a list of events and Day of Service opportunities for local residents. Visit for more volunteer opportunities in Philadelphia.

• MLK Events at Penn

Penn’s MLK Day of Service activities begin with a breakfast for volunteers, and includes a college fair, sprucing up various locations around West Philadelphia, recording audio books to promote literacy and more. It concludes with a candlelight vigil. More details can be found here.

The Day of Service kicks off Penn’s Annual MLK Symposium for Social Change, two weeks worth of events and activities (from panel discussions to film screenings to performances and lectures) that are centered around social justice. For more information, go here

• MLK Day “The Blueprint of Our Lives 50 Year Later”

Monday, Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mount Olivet Community Center, 641 Preston Street

This event will feature a panel discussion, dance performances, a film screening and more activities. Volunteers are sought to help with Lancaster Avenue cleanup. Check out the flyer below for more information.

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• MLK Weekend of Service with Repair the World: Philadelphia

Friday, Jan. 12 – Monday, Jan. 15

Come out and volunteer with Repair the World: Philadelphia this January on MLK weekend. Projects include cooking meals for neighbors with critical illnesses, sorting clothes and school supplies with Cradles to Crayons and many more. Visit this Eventbrite page for more information and to register.

• USciences Youth Health and Science Fair

Monday, Jan. 15, 1-3 p.m.

USciences Athletic Recreation Center (600 South 43rd St.)

Elementary and middle school students are invited to a day of health and science activities at University of the Sciences. USciences students, faculty, and staff will offer a wide variety of activities including educational games, DIY science projects, and a basketball clinic with the USciences Men’s Basketball Team.

• Lt. Gov. Stack and State Rep. Cephas to Host MLK Day “Pathways to Pardons”

Monday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Shepard Recreation Center (5700 Haverford Ave.)

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and state Rep. Morgan Cephas will host a community event on Martin Luther King Day to explain the process for obtaining a pardon or expungement of a past criminal conviction in Pennsylvania. Stack, who chairs the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, created the Pathways to Pardons program to bring together experts in corrections, drug and alcohol treatment, probation and parole, and public interest law to give step-by-step help to people who want to remove barriers to employment by clearing a minor criminal conviction from their records.

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