MLK Day of Service Resources

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by giving back to your community on Monday, Jan. 17. Check out this list of MLK Day service opportunities and resources compiled by Community Service Coordinator Becky Brinks and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ayinde Tate.


MLK Day of Service Opportunities: On Site


Commemorate MLK and his 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' at Eastern State Penitentiary or Virtual (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.) - Information

Listen to the entirety of Dr. King's landmark 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' using the text to reflect on its relevance today. The letter will be read in three acts with space provided for reflection and connections. In person participants will be invited to write to someone currently incarcerated in order to strengthen connections.


The National Constitution Center Events The National Constitution Center (10:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.) - Information & Registration

  • "I Have a Dream" Speech read by a diverse ensemble of local actors and students from local colleges and universities.
  • Family Concert: Songs of the Civil Rights Era performed by 'Two of a Kind' who will be joined by composer, songwriter, and educator Rodney Whittenberg
  • Story Corner
  • School Supplies Drive
  • Arts and Crafts Tables


Pack Boxes of Food for Seniors SHARE Food Program (9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.) - Register

Help pack boxes of nutritious food for seniors who fall below the poverty line. Many of the boxes will be delivered to seniors who may have difficulty leaving their home while other boxes are sent to local organizations around Philadelphia.


Historic Fair Hill Clean-Up Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground (10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - Information

Volunteer at this historical burial ground where notable abolitionists and women's rights activists are laid to rest. At this site volunteers will remove garbage around the perimeter of the property, move downed branches and if weather permits work on the garden. At noon, volunteers will gather by a fire to drink hot cocoa, roast marshmallows, sing Freedom hymns, and read aloud excerpts from some of Dr. King's speeches.


Heritage Conservancy Clean-Up Bristol Marsh Nature Preserve (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) - Information

Volunteer at the rare freshwater tidal marsh, Bristol Marsh Nature Preserve. This unique ecosystem helps filter drinking water. The MLK Day clean-up will help keep garbage out of our waterways while reducing flooding and erosion.


Bartram's Garden Clean-Up Bartram's Garden (9:30-11:30 a.m.) - Information

Volunteers will assist Bartram's Garden staff in collecting trash and debris throughout the site. A small group of volunteers will assist in the greenhouses with pot sanitation to prepare for spring plantings.


Friends of the Wissahickon Clean-Up Wissahickon Valley Park (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) - Information

Give back to the park, its users, the creek, and the plants and animals that rely on it to live by helping out with a large-scale litter clean-up.



MLK Day of Service Opportunities: Virtual or At-Home


Commemorate MLK and his 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' at Eastern State Penitentiary or Virtual (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.) - Information

Listen to the entirety of Dr. King's landmark 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' using the text to reflect on its relevance today. The letter will be read in three acts with space provided for reflection and connections. In person participants will be invited to write to someone currently incarcerated in order to strengthen connections.


Don't Walk Alone Virtual (9:30 - 11 a.m.) - Register

In these times of stress, grief and uncertainty, we can benefit from coming together to explore how the pandemic has and continues to traumatize our families, friends and communities. Uncover how we can act as a resource by nurturing, supporting, and inspiring one another.


Cradles to Crayons 10,000 Cards Challenge At Home Activity - Information

Ready for Learning cards are a creative and easy way to engage all ages in giving back. If you've been wanting to be involved with Cradles to Crayons' mission, this is a great option to get connected in a socially-distant manner, and make a real impact. Card-making is a terrific activity for your family, company, class, troop, or other community group.


Year-Round Service Opportunities



Donating to Local Food Pantries and Food Banks

Area food pantries continue to see increased needs. Please consider donating to a food pantry near you!

Most needed items include: Rice, beans, cereal, non refrigerated milk, canned tuna/meats, peanut butter, jelly, canned foods (vegetables, fruit, beans, soup), spaghetti sauce, boxed noodles, Coffee, tea, personal care products, diapers, cereal and other shelf staples as well as pet food are also greatly appreciated.


This is a sampling of service opportunities and ideas to hopefully inspire your thinking and doing. Please email Becky Brinks, Episcopal Academy Service Coordinator at rbrinks@episcopalacademy.org with any questions.


"Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.