The Civic Engagement Office has partnered with the Main Line Martin Luther King Association and Overbrook Educational Center to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 20. The below service opportunities are open to all Bryn Mawr students, faculty, and staff.
Main Line MLK Day Toiletry Drive
10 a.m.–Noon, Bethel AME Church, 50 S. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA
Join Civic Engagement staff and community members for a service event coordinated by the Main Line Martin Luther King Association. Volunteers will sort donated toiletry items and assemble toiletry kits that will be distributed to people experiencing homelessness and to clients at local shelters.
Those interested in participating in the service event should RSVP Ellie Esmond (firstname.lastname@example.org). Civic Engagement will provide a ride for student volunteers in one of the College vans. Please make sure to RSVP in order to secure your seat in the van.
Those unable to join the group of volunteers on Monday can still show their support for this project by donating toiletry items that will be included in the kits. Please deliver your donations to Civic Engagement (located in Dolwen on Cambrian Row) by Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Items needed are: toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine care items, bars of soap, wash cloths, shampoo/conditioner, combs and brushes/hair care items, lotion, deodorant, baby oil, cotton balls/Q-tips, baby powder, baby wash, Vaseline, baby wipes, hand towels, tissues, socks, gloves, hand sanitizer. Travel size and full size products are welcome.
Overbrook Educational Center MLK Day of Service Project
9 a.m.–1 p.m., Overbrook Educational Center, 6722 Lansdowne Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Join school staff and community members in honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through a day of service and volunteerism. Projects at OEC will include: mural creations, toiletry bag creations, letters of encouragement, letters of thanks, annex beautification, library beautification, gym beautification, family resource room organization, “I Have A Dream” vision board creation, voter registration signage, election day signage, buddy reading, book giveaways, and more. Those students interested in participating in this event should email Ellie Esmond (email@example.com) to RSVP and coordinate transportation. Staff and faculty members who wish to register to participate in this event can follow the below steps:
- Visit: https://mlkdayofservice.org/volunteer/ and type in “Overbrook Educational Center” in the “Host Organization” box
- Scroll down to find a project you’re interested in and sign up or log in to register.
- Enter your information, hit the number of volunteers you’re registering, and click on “Volunteer!”
Those unable to commit to a volunteer project on Monday, January 20, can observe the MLK Day of Service throughout the month of January and at the on-campus Red Cross Blood Drive in February!
- For resources on how to connect with volunteer opportunities throughout the month of January, The Philadelphia Citizen, an online, non-profit, non-partisan media organization committed to solution-focused journalism and civic engagement, has created a guide for January called “11 Ways to Volunteer in Philly This Month.” Most of the opportunities featured are accessible via public transportation. Students interested in connecting with one of the opportunities listed should contact Ellie Esmond (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lisa Armstrong (email@example.com) for information on accessing transportation reimbursement.
- On-Campus Red Cross Blood Drive, February 5, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Great Hall. Donating blood is a valuable service to the community! Blood donors save lives and provide a necessary resource for patients in our local area. You don’t even need to leave campus to help! Walk ins are welcome, but we encourage you to make an appointment to donate blood. Visit the Red Cross website to schedule your appointment.