PhillyRising and the 18th Annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What am I doing for others?”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

If you made it to Girard College yesterday, you would have seen a sea of white shirts and you could have written a letter to the troops or donated food or checked out a job fair.

Girard College was the hub of the 18th Annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service, holding the majority of the 1,500 volunteer opportunities across the region.

Among the busy rows of tabletops were performers—cultural dancers and bands—entertaining volunteers. The event officially kicked off with an introduction from Todd Bernstein, the Founder and Director of the Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service and Clarence D. Armbrister, President of Girard College.

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Deputy Mayor/ Managing Director Richard Negrin welcomed the volunteers on behalf of the City with the help of a video from Mayor Nutter.

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“Thank you very much to all of the volunteers across the city who are changing the way we do business in Philadelphia.” Negrin said.

The PhillyRising Collaborative sponsored six volunteer projects from all six of its communities.

Adé Fuqua coordinated the repainting and clean-up of the Ford PAL Center in Southeast Philadelphia. MDO staff and their families volunteered at this location.

Adé Fuqua coordinated the repainting and clean-up of the Ford PAL Center in Southeast Philadelphia. MDO staff and their families volunteered at this location.

Fuqua also coordinated the repainting of the basketball court and lot clean-up at 20th Street and Tasker in the Point Breeze community.

Fuqua also coordinated the repainting of the basketball court and lot clean-up at 20th Street and Tasker in the Point Breeze community.

Dan O’Brien and Amanda Finch coordinated the outdoor block cleanup at 32nd Street and Cumberland in Strawberry Mansion. This project was hosted by the Faith Temple Church.

Dan O’Brien and Amanda Finch coordinated the outdoor block cleanup at 32nd Street and Cumberland in Strawberry Mansion. This project was hosted by the Faith Temple Church.

North Central’s business corridor cleanup was coordinated by Jimmie Sanders at McCoy’s Auto Shop on Ridge Ave.

North Central’s business corridor cleanup was coordinated by Jimmie Sanders at McCoy’s Auto Shop on Ridge Ave.

Joandelis Marquez coordinated the painting and cleaning of Hartranft Elementary.

Joandelis Marquez coordinated the painting and cleaning of Hartranft Elementary.

Manny Citron coordinated outdoor and indoor projects at the Lawncrest Recreation Center.

Manny Citron coordinated outdoor and indoor projects at the Lawncrest Recreation Center.

The PhillyRising projects yielded impressive results—vibrant paints, cleared pavements and lots, bundles of homemade cards for troops—but above all else, these projects showed a shining example of the human spirit. Men women and children came together on a cold day to make their community better, to serve as community heroes. These heroes will always be needed; they are an irreplaceable component to a thriving city.The MDO sends its most gracious thank you to every one of the heroes who served to make our city better.

PhillyMDO video from the MLK Day of Service: 

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