Philadelphia’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, now in its 17th year, is the largest celebration in the country. The host site this year will be Girard College. In addition to opportunities to volunteer, there will be a kids’ carnival, health and wellness fair and a civic engagement expo.

For the first time, events will include an Empower Job Fair (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Founders Hall at Girard College. In addition to meeting employers, participants can attend workshops in resume writing, interview skills, dressing for success, credit repair and job search strategies for ex-offenders. (Find more information at

In addition, several local colleges will be holding MLK Day events. They include:

Arcadia University

The Office of Institutional Diversity will host a discussion of the death penalty Monday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Murphy Hall Stiteler Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.


La Salle University

After volunteer projects in the morning, La Salle will hold its annual King’s Dream program in the afternoon. This will include workshops for students on personal leadership and social justice and a talk by Dr. Charles Gallagher, chair of La Salle’s sociology department, who studies race and ethnicity. There will be an arts celebration in the evening, including a performance by La Salle’s African drum society.

Temple University

Some students will be volunteering at the Girard College location. Others will be participating near campus. One organization that will benefit from Owl efforts is Treehouse Books, a group dedicated to helping kids become readers, writers and thinkers (

Villanova University

Student athletes will host Let’s Move Dream Camps, inspired by Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. A hundred third- through eighth-graders will get information about healthy eating and participate in various sporting events.

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