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Day of Reflection, Lifetime of Action

“Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power.”

–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year, on the third Monday of January, we celebrate the birth, the life, and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. It is a time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all people. And it is a time to remember his message of positive social change through community service.

To commemorate Dr. King's legacy, Greater Philadelphia Cares will bring together a diverse collection of youth and adults in service to the community on during the weekend of January 20 - 22nd, 2007 for Day of Reflection, Lifetime of Action. Through a variety of workshops and service-learning projects, the program will emphasize finding personal significance not only when observing the holiday, but also when integrating the philosophies of Dr. King into a lifetime commitment to service and social activism. Each workshop will feature discussion about an issue area and initiatives for further involvement, a one hour to hour and a half hands-on service project, and a half-hour MLK reflection activity. For more information or to sign up, contact Ji Su Yun at Greater Philadelphia Cares at 215-564-4544 or jisu@gpcares.com.

Sample workshops in the past have included:


Preserving Open Park Space in Urban Areas
Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Educational Center
Learn about local environmental issues and help restore trails, remove invasive plants or plant trees.

Reaching out to People with Disabilities
Magee Rehabilitation Center
Learn about working with people with physical disabilities and try handicap simulations.

Hunger 101
SHARE (Self Help and Resource Exchange)
Learn about hunger issues and sort and package food items.

Strengthening Families
Christian Street YMCA and Always Have a Dream
Learn about community programs designed to improve family sufficiency and do maintanance tasks in the facility.

Eliminating the Digital Divide
NTR (Nonprofit Technology Resources)
Volunteers learn about NTR's programs to bridge the digital gap and help sort and package tech equipment.

A Safe Haven in the Service of Freedom: The Johnson House in the Struggle for Civil Rights
Tour historical stop on the underground railroad and help clean up the civil rights exhibits.

Building the Community in Peace and Unity
Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center
Volunteers learn about human rights and paint Visitation Parish, make sandwiches for St. Francis Inn (local non-profits), write letters to local soldiers serving in Iraq.

Bache-Martin Elementary School
Volunteers paint the school auditorium and gym.
Be a part of the renovation force for this historic building, for its 100-year anniversary.


 

 

 

 

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