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Jim Cawley

By Jim Cawley

Dr. King’s Vision: Living Together for Impact

Fri, January 20, 2017

145 volunteers at MLK Day of Service

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

That sentiment resonated throughout Girard College’s armory, as agencies, families and 145,000 volunteers came together to celebrate Dr. King and our shared vision of a “true education” that embraces both knowledge and character at the nation’s largest, annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

As our day’s education project raised awareness around creating positive change from the inside-out in schools and homes, volunteers left the event inspired to make a difference in their own communities. The King Day of Service happens once per year, but imagine carrying that inspiration of King’s mission to continue “doing for others” 356 days per year. And each of us can play a role in strengthening our region:

From tutoring a local student to serving a hot meal, find countless ways to get engaged in your community through out Volunteer Portal. Narrow your search by location, interests and agencies to find the perfect opportunity!

Connect with us through our upcoming young professional events. Whether you’re interested in making a difference as a nonprofit board member or learning from influential leaders across the region, you can grow your network and drive meaningful Impact in your community.

Raise Your Voice
Together, we can pave the way for more high school graduates by improving the quality of education from cradle to career. Contact your New Jersey or Pennsylvania representatives to advocate for expanding quality pre-k for more families.

Individually, each action – an email, a new network of change-makers, a day of service – may seem small. But when we continue “doing for others” as Dr. King dreamed, we can change lives and strengthen communities – one child, one adult and one family at a time.

View our King Day of Service Flickr album.