Posted January 9, 2013

Temple participates in 18th annual MLK Day of Service

Temple University is partnering with Global Citizen and MLK 365 to sponsor the 18th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Across the region, residents will take part in service projects that leverage the power of community service and volunteerism.

This week, Todd Bernstein, president of Global Citizen, announced that a record 111,000 volunteers are expected to participate in more than 1,500 community service projects throughout the region on Monday, Jan. 21, the King federal holiday. This year’s event marks the 50th year anniversary of King’s 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Approximately 100 slots are reserved for members of the Temple community to volunteer in a variety of service projects. In one, volunteers will distribute netbook computers, modems and digital literacy resources to more than 150 PHA residents as part of a the city-wide KEYSPOT initiative to bring Internet access, training and technology to all Philadelphia communities.

The Office of Community Relations is placing Temple students, alumni and employees in various projects listed below. Unless otherwise noted, contact Andrea Swan, community and neighborhood affairs director, at 215-204-7409 for more information and to volunteer.

Temple University Service Activities

Monday, January 21

8:30 a.m.
Girard College, located at Corinthian and Girard avenues, will be the kick-off site for the MLK Day of Service. The speaking portion of the program begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by services projects at the site at 8:45 a.m.

8:45 a.m.
Human Resources Training & Job Fair
Michael Robinson, director of community outreach and hiring at Temple, will host a professional development workshop. Robinson will also be on site for the Job and Opportunity fair beginning at 9 a.m. For more information contact Michael Robinson at 215-204-0677.

8:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Wachman Hall
The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) will host “Real Talk: Engaging Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue,” a discussion focused on race, gender and class. For more information, contact Tchet Dereic Dorman, director of Office of Multicultural Affairs in the Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education, at 215-204-5509.

10 a.m.–noon
Bright Hope Baptist Church Service Project, 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Ave.
The Office of Community Relations and the Computer Recycling Center will provide 26 computers for Bright Hope’s after school program and administration. In addition, volunteers will help clean and paint.

10 a.m.–noon
Berean Presbyterian Church, Broad and Diamond streets
For the fifth consecutive year, the Office of Community Relations will work with the church to conduct clean-up projects at the site. 

10 a.m.–1 p.m.
St. Malachy’s Parish, 1429 North 11th St.
For the second consecutive year, the Office of Campus Safety will support a cleanup project at the site. For more information contact Eileen Bradley, Campus Safety Services, at 215-204-2182. 

10:30–1 p.m.
Columbia North YMCA, 1200 North Broad St.
Volunteers will help clean and organize the site.

10:30–1 p.m.
The Temple Neumann Center, 2129 North Broad St.
The Office of Campus Safety will host a cleanup project. For more information contact Eileen Bradley, Campus Safety Services, at 215-204-2182.  

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1530-38 N. 11th St.
The Office of Community Relations will partner with the church to participate in cleanup projects. Primarily, volunteers will redevelop a lounge designated for neighborhood youth. This will be the fifth successive year for this collaboration.

Ambler Campus

11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Bright Hall
In the No Sew Blanket Project, students will work together to create blankets that will be donated to Kisses for Kyle Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated finding a cure for childhood cancer. For more information contact Wanda Lewis-Campbell, assistant dean of student life, Ambler campus. For more information contact Lewis-Campbell at 267-468-8425. 

Tuesday, January 22nd

4-5 p.m.
1509 Cecil B. Moore Ave., second floor. 
The Offices of Community Relations and Human Resources will conduct a Professional Development Workshop featuring resume-writing tip for members of the community. For more information, contact Michael Robinson at 215-204-0677 or Swan at 215-204-7409.