MLK Day of Service is an annual tradition at USG. 2017 is our 21st year. The Martin Luther King Day of Service is a wonderful opportunity to affirm our support for the values of justice and compassion exemplified by the life and legacy of Dr. King. We celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by working together to serve our communities in and around Germantown/East Falls.
Every year for over two decades, more than 500 volunteers have come to the Unitarian Society of Germantown, on Lincoln Drive at Wayne Avenue, to participate in MLK Day of Service Projects both on-site (at the church) and off-site (at locations near the church).
After check in and a light breakfast, we have a  brief non-denominational worship service at 9AM.  Then volunteers leave for their projects at 9:30 AM. Projects last for varying amounts of time. Most are completed before 12:30 PM.

This year’s projects:

Off-site projects

Winter Essential Kits Volunteers prepare and deliver winter essential kits for local seniors.This opportunity is appropriate for age 10+ with supervising adults who can drive. 10 volunteers needed, ages: 10+

Interim House-Carriage House Cleaning Volunteers will do heavy cleaning of carriage house at a local service agency. 4 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Interim House-Copy Room and Basement Cleaning Volunteers do heavy cleaning of the copy room at a local service agency. 4 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

The Center for Returning Citizens  Cleanup and Painting and Laundry Volunteers help clean inside the headquarters of a local service agency. 10 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Green Tree Bulk Mailing Volunteers assist in preparing a bulk mailing for a local service agency. This opportunity is appropriate for ages 14+ with accompanying adult. 6 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

FUMCOG Soup-Making Volunteers make soup for a local soup kitchen. This opportunity is appropriate for ages 14+ with supervising adult. 10 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network Plate/Bowl Making Volunteers make or glaze ceramic bowls to be used at PIHN Empty Bowl Dinner fundraiser. 40 volunteers are needed in two shifts of 20. Half the group will do glazing and half will make bowls. Volunteers are asked to contribute $5 for supplies. All ages.

Wissahickon Cleanup Volunteers sanitize toys, clean pre-school rooms, and generally re-fresh areas for a local service agency. 20 volunteers needed, ages: all ages

Wissahickon Crochet and Knit Volunteers crochet/knit scarves, hats, and put together blankets for seniors at a local service agency. 7 volunteers needed, ages: 11+

Kaysim Court Volunteers interact with mentally handicapped residents ‐ play games and listen to live music. 8 volunteers needed, ages: 11+

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network Cleanup Volunteers sanitize toys and clean up at a day center for families in transition. 12 volunteers needed, ages: 11+

Germantown Life Enrichment Cleanup Volunteers conduct clean-up projects, plant seeds and paint. 20 volunteers needed, ages: 8+

Cliveden Convalescent Center Volunteers play games, do art projects, enjoy music, interact with the elderly. 20 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

 On-Site Projects at USG

USG Soup-Making Volunteers make soup for a local soup kitchen. This opportunity is appropriate for ages 14+ with supervising adult. 6 volunteers needed, ages: 12+

Card Making Volunteers make non-personalized Valentine’s cards cards for seniors at a local service agency. This opportunity is appropriate for children with a supervising adult. 30 volunteers needed, ages: 5+

Breakfast Bag Assembly Volunteers assemble breakfast bags. This activity is appropriate for all ages  with a supervising adult. 15 volunteers needed, all ages

Thank You Notes Volunteers write thank you notes to MLK Day donors. 20 volunteers needed, all ages

Lunch Bags Decoration Volunteers decorate lunch bags for delivery to a local service agency. 50 volunteers needed, all ages

Snack Bag Assembly Volunteers assemble trail mix bags for delivery to local school or service agency. This opportunity is appropriate for ages 5+ with supervising adult. 20 volunteers needed, ages: 5+

Deliver Breakfasts, Lunches, Snacks 3 drivers (with car); others are needed to deliver bagged lunches, snacks, soup to local social service agencies as far as Center City. A passenger is encouraged. 8 volunteers needed, ages: 18+

Winter Coat Collection **DONATION OPPORTUNITY** Winter coats collected and delivered to local social service agencies. Please bring your new or gently worn adult and children coats to USG for donation. No sign-up required.

UUPLAN Advocacy Volunteers participate in an inside letter writing around gun control or an outdoor petitioning advocacy campaign focusing on immigration and economic justice. 30 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Lunch Bag/Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Assembly Volunteers will assemble lunch bags for delivery to local service agency. This activity is appropriate for ages 9+ with a supervising adult. Peanut Butter will be used in this activity. 60 volunteers needed, ages: 9+

Germantown Avenue Clean Up Volunteers will clean up trash and debris on sections of Germantown Avenue. 10 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network Houses Advocacy Project Volunteers will build cardboard houses to collect donations for PIHN. 15 volunteers needed, ages: 5+

           Projects at Philadelphia Public Schools

Henry School Clean Up Volunteers will do general cleaning at a local public school. This opportunity is appropriate for ages 15+ with supervising adult. 10 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Lingelbach School Cleanup Volunteers will with indoor and outdoor cleanup. 20 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Houston School Cleanup Volunteers will help paint and clean. 10 volunteers needed, ages: 14+