Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 14th | Posted In Philadelphia

YIP Picks: Six Ways to Spend Your MLK Day  



The MLK Day of Service is coming up on – you guessed it – Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 19th, 2015). There is no better way to honor Dr. King’s memory than to make a plan now. You think Martin Luther King, Jr. woke up, had a couple eggs, and thought to himself, “You know what, I did have one heck of a dream last night…” Of course not! Making real change requires a little planning.

Thankfully, you don’t need to write one of the most memorable speeches of the past century to participate in MLK Day. All you need to do is head on over to There, you can register a volunteer profile and search through dozens of local MLK projects listed by county, neighborhood, and organizational mission.

And if you need a suggestion, here are a few of YIP’s favorite volunteer opportunities:


Saturday, January 17th 2015

Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia

Volunteer ID 8515

Description: “CSFP distributes needs-based scholarships to low-income children living in Philadelphia, awarded by random lottery. Families may submit applications to CSFP’s scholarship lottery from November through March 1, 2015. In order to reach more families needing support, volunteers will help distribute applications and posters to local businesses to help spread the word about CSFP’s free scholarship application.”

Start time: 1:00pm

Sunday, January 18th 2015

Repair the World & Philly Farm Crew at Urban Farm

Volunteer ID 8526

Description: “Join us as we partner with the Jewish Farm School, Philly Farm Crew, and Urban Roots Farm to work on an urban farm right here in Philadelphia! Volunteers will be needed to assist with tending to various aspects of the farm’s winter season. Contact Bridget at for more information. Register at”

Start time: 12:30pm


Monday, January 19th 2015 (MLK Jr. Day of Service)

Stenton Family Manor

Volunteer ID 8346

Description: “Travel to Stenton Family Manor, a homeless shelter, to participate in arts and crafts activities.”

Start time: 8:30am


WePAC Hamilton Elementary Library Reopening

Volunteer ID 8767

Description: “The Andrew Hamilton Elementary School Library has been closed for over four years and has been underresourced for 10-15 years. Join The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC) as we put on the finishing touches for its grand re-opening on January 27th, 2015, which will bring library services and access to books to over 600 public school students in West Philadelphia! Project components include cataloging books, organizing and shelving books, decorating, cleaning, and more!”

Start time: 9:00am


Living Water Baptist Church

Volunteer ID 7761

Description: “We will have a “Sunday Supper” for the Seniors in the community. We will serve seniors lunch and have conversation on a topic regarding the
civil rights era.”

Start time: 11:00am
Through January 30th

The African-American Resource Center at Penn is hosting a series of
community beautification projects, volunteer opportunities, and panels over the course of two weeks. All events can be found on, or by visiting the African-American Resource Center website: