Martin Luther King Day of Service
All are invited to participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service
on Monday, January 20, 2020, sponsored by the Community Action Club.
While there is no school on this day, we encourage families to participate in meaningful community service projects on Main Campus, as well as discussions around equality, race, and class, in order to commemorate and celebrate the powerful legacy of Dr. King.
Please sign up to volunteer above. Note: Walk-ups are also welcome on January 20.
Cradles to Crayons Drive
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 31), volunteers will be accepting donations curbside on Coulter Street and in the Pennsbury-Greene lot.
- MLK Day (Monday, January 20): 9 a.m.–1 p.m., drop off all items curbside on Coulter Street, in front of the Main Building.
- January 21–31: 7:45–8:30 a.m., drop off items at the POD in the Pennsbury-Greene lot. Please enter the driveway next to the Meetinghouse, and drive up to the lot, then exit on Greene Street.
- Children’s clothing (sizes 0-14/16)
- Adult clothing (sizes small and medium)
- Winter coats (children's sizes 0-14/16, adult’s small and medium)
- 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
Eyes of Hope Glasses Collection: Monday, January 20
VSP Global’s Eyes of Hope program collects and distributes new and gently used eyewear to help people in need across the globe. Eye doctors and optometric organizations can request eyewear for outreach efforts domestically or abroad, and anyone can donate gently used glasses. We are asking for donations of prescription or reading glasses on MLK day. Here is a video that outlines Eyes of Hope’s program.
MLK Day Activities: Monday, January 20
GFS is closed for regularly scheduled classes, but we open our campus as a site for many volunteer projects, dialogues, a luncheon, and more.
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
9 a.m. Registration and Refreshments, Front Hall of the Main Building
9:30 a.m. Opening Assembly, Poley Auditorium in the Main Building
10 a.m. Service Projects Begin
12 p.m. Luncheon, Cafeteria in the Main Building
Our projects include:
- Assemble fruit baskets for Saint Luke’s food pantry
- Bake and package cookies for the Police Athletic League
- Bake and decorate sheet cakes for the Holsey Temple Dining Room
- Create birthday boxes for children in low-income families
- Create greeting cards for Stapeley and Maplewood Retirement Homes
- Move and sort donations for Cradles to Crayons
- Bake apple pies for the Whosoever Gospel Mission
- Assemble brown bag lunches for volunteers and neighbors
- Set-up the dining room and clean at Holsey Temple Church
- Sweep and pick up litter on Germantown Avenue with Friends of Germantown NW
- Sew fleece hats, scarves, and neck warmers for Germantown clothing corners
- Make and package sandwiches for Holsey Temple Dining room and Covenant House
- Make stone soup for the residents at the Whosoever Gospel Mission
- Learn and sing songs of the civil rights movement: then and now
- Watch and discuss the film, King in the Wilderness
- Restore (clean and paint) Early Childhood Program chairs for the Crossroads Women’s center
- Assemble and decorate snack bags for Happy Hollow Playground
- Cook vegetable soup for Holsey Temple dining room
- Bake cornbread muffins for Holsey Temple dining room
- Clean up the buildings and grounds at Happy Hollow Playground
- Dialogue about race and socioeconomic status in today’s world
- Design and create social justice message signboards
- Create tissue paper flowers for Maplewood Manor Nursing home
- Create decorations/centerpieces for the MLK Day Luncheon at GFS
- Create boxes and signs for the Eyes of Hope glasses collection
- Create tool stands for the new GFS Greenhouse
- Create wooden bowls in the woodshop for the Empty Bowl Dinner
- Assemble and cook casseroles for the Face to Face Dining room
- Sort and move book donations in the Friends Free Library
- Make art for Wayne Avenue Mural with Mural Arts Philadelphia
We are still seeking leaders for some of these projects and volunteers to help us set up for the day. If you are interested, please email Kathy Paulmier, or Commnity Action Club Interim Leaders Mike Whaley or Julia Katowitz.
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, Relish, South, and Green Soul.
Contact Kathy Paulmier, Director of Community Involvement.