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2017 MLK Day of Service

On January 16, 2017, United Way will be hosting a project at Girard College, the signature site of the Martin Luther King Day of Service. At this year’s event, our goal is create awareness about the effects of trauma and toxic stress and how to develop simple self-care plans, which can be helpful in managing stressful situations. We will also showcase our latest project, Creating New Eyes. In partnership with Lakeside Educational Network, The Health Federation of Philadelphia and generously funded by the William Penn Foundation, New Eyes is a workshop for parents and family members who care for young children, birth through age 5, in the North Central neighborhoods of Philadelphia.

Martin Luther King Day of Service was designated as a National Day of Service in order to celebrate the life and work of Dr. King by making it “A Day On, rather than just another day off.” In 2016, more than 140,000 volunteers served in some 1,800 projects in the 21st annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the largest King Day event in the nation. United Way is a proud supporter and sponsor of this annual day of volunteering.

We hope that you participate in the 2017 MLK Day of Service and visit us at Girard College to create a vision of what you’d like to see for our region! Sign up to host a MLK Day project, or volunteer for one of the existing projects and celebrate the life of Dr. King.

Contact Suzanne O’Connor at to learn more about hosting a workshop to connect with other parents and community members.