MLK Day of Service organizers gear up for another Philly record


The upcoming Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is expected to set a record for volunteer participation in the city. Meanwhile, organizers are trying to make it a yearlong event.

About 125,000 volunteers will fan out across the region Jan. 20 for the 19th Annual King Day of Service. Organizer Todd Bernstein says the struggling School District of Philadelphia will be a major benefactor.

“Our signature project will involve more than 100 volunteers at Girard College collecting, assembling,  sorting and then distributing critically needed school supplies, computers and 10,000 books that will be going to teachers in classrooms,” he said.

The group does its best to make service an everyday event, Bernstein said.

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“The King Day of Service is not just a day of service,” he said.”It’s a springboard to a lifetime of service, and we do programs all year long connecting partners in the community, organizing service projects, working with the private sector to either create or expand employee volunteer programs.”

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