GFS students, parents, and friends will be participating in the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 21. This year, you can choose to support local projects on campus or head to Girard College to participate in The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, the largest King Day event in the nation. We will also host speaker Jonathan H. Feinberg, a civil rights attorney, in the morning to kick off our campus events. All are welcome and more details are outlined below.
Actions You Can Take Now
Leading up to MLK Day, you can prepare items to support the Parents Association's community-wide clothing, book and toy drive for Cradles to Crayons. Starting the morning of MLK Day (and continuing through Friday, January 25), volunteers will be accepting donations curbside on Coulter Street and in the Pennsbury-Greene lot (drop-off details below).
- MLK Day (Monday, January 21): 8-11 a.m., drop off all items curbside on Coulter Street in front of the Main Building.
- Tuesday-Friday (January 22-25): 7:45-8:30 a.m., drop off smaller items curbside on Coulter Street. For larger donations, enter the driveway next to the Meetinghouse, and drive up to the POD in the Pennsbury-Greene lot, then exit on Greene Street.
- Children's clothing (sizes 0-14/16, adult small)
- Winter coats (sizes 0-14/16, adult small)
- Winter hats & gloves
- Sneakers & winter boots (sizes 0-adult 9)
- Toys (no larger than 24" in size)
- Children's books
- New socks & underwear
- New school supplies
- Baby equipment (strollers, car seats, pack-n-plays, etc. No cribs.)
- Baby hygiene items (New wipes, shampoo, lotion, powder, etc.)
- Crib & bassinet bedding (blankets & sheets only)
- Diapers, diaper bags, baby carriers
Actions You Can Take on MLK Day (Monday, January 21)
GFS is closed for regularly-scheduled classes, but we open our campus as a site for many volunteer projects, dialogues, a film screening, and a luncheon. (Details below.)
Martin Luther King's urgent call for social change, civil rights, and non-violent resolution to conflict is timely, and in keeping with our Friends approach. GFS and Germantown Meeting choose to observe the day by offering community-building activities, service projects, learning experiences, opportunities for reflection, and a shared meal.
Please join us for all or part of the day.
On-Campus Schedule for the Day
8:15 a.m. Registration Opens, Front Hall of the Main Building
9 a.m. Speaker: Jonathan H. Feinberg, Poley Auditorium in the Main Building
9:45 a.m. Service Projects, Dialogue, and Film Screening, On & Off Campus
11:45 a.m. Luncheon, GFS Cafeteria in the Main Building.
Our projects include:
- Sorting clothing and school supplies for Cradles to Crayons
- Making hats, scarves, and turtle furs for low-income Germantown residents
- Cleaning and sprucing up several streets and sidewalks in Germantown
- Making meat and cheese sandwiches for the Holsey Temple CME Church dining room
- Learning and singing songs from the civil rights movement at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, a nearby retirement community (Calling all singers!)
- Assembling fruit baskets for St. Luke's food cupboard
- Anti-bias training
- Screening and discussion of the documentary film, "King in the Wilderness"
- Making "Stone Soup" for the men living at the Whosoever Gospel Mission
- And many more!
The Bynum family will once again be donating their time and delicious food to serve lunch for all participants. Many thanks for their incredible generosity. The Bynums' restaurant group currently includes Warmdaddy's, a soul foodery in Pennsport; two New Southern restaurants—Relish in West Oak Lane and South on North Broad Street—and their fast-casual operation, Green Soul, located in the Chestnut Hill Hotel.
About Our Speaker, Jonathan H. Feinberg
Jonathan H. Feinberg focuses his practice on civil rights litigation and criminal defense. Since 2008, Mr. Feinberg has been a member of the Legal Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania's Philadelphia office. Mr. Feinberg regularly consults for and co-counsels with local public interest organizations, including the ACLU, HIAS Pennsylvania, the Women's Law Project, and the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center. Mr. Feinberg is an active member of two projects affiliated with the National Lawyers Guild: the National Police Accountability Project and the National Immigration Project.
Off-site Action at Girard College
Can't make it to campus that day? If you live in or near the Fairmount neighborhood, we also invite you to participate in GFS' service project at Girard College as part of The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. At this site, GFS will join 5,000 other volunteers in efforts to help families, children, and seniors in the tri-state area. Fifteen GFS volunteers are invited to help make flower bouquets for the homebound. (Security is very tight; you must register in advance to volunteer at Girard College.) Please contact Felicia Caviezel with questions about the Girard College activity.