While the team at the Commission on Human Relations routinely serves its neighbors, members took a special delight in joining the tens of thousands from across the region to engage in the nation’s largest community service project.
In its 19th year, the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service featured a range of activities that advanced the educational, employment, housing, nutritional, and spiritual outcomes of countless individuals and groups.
The day kicked off at the historic Girard College – once a bastion of intolerance and now an inclusive, community-minded institution. An all-star lineup of grassroots activists, government and elected officials, nonprofit leaders and students gathered to pay tribute to the man whose birth is celebrated and to fire up those who came to work in his name.
The volunteers were a harmonious cultural cross-section, reflecting a diversity that brings to life the vision King had for his country.
Across the city, service projects involving the smallest toddlers to the eldest seniors enriched lives and enlivened spirits, demonstrating again why this is known as the City of Brotherly Love – and Sisterly Affection.