2018 was our 22nd year celebrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr with the MLK Day of Service. It 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.

During the worship service, Intern Minister Connie Simon, read the words delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his last sermon:

Every now and then I guess we all think realistically about that day when we will be victimized with what is life’s final common denominator–that something we call death.
We all think about it, and every now and then, I think about my own death and I think about my own funeral. And I don’t think about it in a morbid sense. And every now and then I ask myself, what it is that I would want said and I leave the word to you this morning.
If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell him not to talk too long. Every now and then, I wonder what I want him to say.
Tell him not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize–that isn’t important. Tell not to mention that have 300 or 400 other awards–that’s not important. Tell him not to mention where I went to school.
I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody.
Click here to read the rest of “His Own Eulogy.” It is worth taking the time.


Thank you to all of you who joined us, it was a blessing to share the making of good works with both old and new friends.

And thank you to our sponsors:

Major contributors:
Acme, Walmart, & Pra Health Sciences
Other substantial donors:
LeBus Bakery (2,000 slices of bread); Solebury Orchards (1,000 apples), High Point Cafe, Univest, Weavers Way Co-op; Top of the Hill Market, & Kilian’s Hardware.
As well as…
A&E Paper Products on Chelten (1,000 white lunch bags for decorating), A&N House of Produce on Greene St., Stanley’s Hardware, Staples, Baker Street Breads, South Street Philly Bagels, Taste of Philly Pretzels, & The Night Kitchen.
2018 projects:


Many joined Rev. Kent and Senator Art Haywood at a Public Witness for a Living Wage Demonstration at CVS Pharmacy, 7065 Lincoln Drive beginning at 9:30.

Project E-01 Winter Essential Kits

Volunteers prepared and delivered winter essential kits for local seniors.This opportunity was appropriate for age 14+ with supervising adults who can drive.

10 volunteers needed, ages: 10+

Project E-02 Interim House-Carriage House Cleaning

Volunteers did heavy cleaning of carriage house at a local service agency.

3 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-03 Interim House-Copy Room and Basement Cleaning

Volunteers did heavy cleaning of the copy room at a local service agency

8 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-05 Green Tree Bulk Mailing

Volunteers assisted in preparing a bulk mailing for a local service agency. This opportunity was appropriate for ages 14+ with accompanying adult

6 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-06 Soup-Making

Volunteers made soup for a local soup kitchen. This opportunity was appropriate for ages 14+ with supervising adult

6 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-07 PIHN Plate/Bowl Making

Volunteers made or glaze ceramic bowls to be used at PIHN Empty Bowl Dinner fundraiser. 40 volunteers needed in two shifts of 20. Half the group will do glazing and half will make bowls. 

Volunteers were asked to contribute $5 for supplies. All ages. 

Project E-10 Kaysim Court

Volunteers interacted with mentally handicapped residents ‐ played games and listened to live music.

8 volunteers needed, ages: 11+

Project E-11 PIHN Cleanup

Volunteers sanitized toys and cleaned up at a day center for families in transition

12 volunteers needed, ages: 11+

Project E-12 Germantown Life Enrichment Cleanup

Volunteers conducted clean-up projects, planted seeds and painted.

15 volunteers needed, ages: 8+

Project E-13 Cliveden Convalescent Center

Volunteers played games, did art projects, enjoyed music, interacted with the elderly.

20 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-14 Wayne and Johnson Cleanup

Volunteers cleaned up trash and debris on Wayne and Johnson Avenues.

10 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-15 Interim House Art Room

Volunteers wiped down and organized art studio.

2 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-16 Interim House Donations Closet

Volunteers organized donations closet.

3 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-17 Germantown Life Enrichment Center

Volunteers with art talent painted murals and athletic symbols in hallway.

10 volunteers needed, ages: 8+

On-Site Projects at USG

Project I-01  USG Soup-Making

Volunteers made soup for a local soup kitchen. This opportunity was appropriate for ages 14+ with supervising adult

6 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project I-02 Card Making

Volunteers made non personalized birthday cards cards for seniors at a local service agency. This opportunity was appropriate for children with a supervising adult.

30 volunteers needed, ages: 5+

Project I-03 Breakfast Bag Assembly

Volunteers assembled breakfast bags. This activity was appropriate for all ages  with a supervising adult.

15 volunteers needed, all ages

Project I-04 Thank You Notes

Volunteers wrote thank you notes to MLK Day donors.

20 volunteers needed, all ages

Project I-05 Lunch Bags Decoration

Volunteers decorated lunch bags for delivery to a local service agency.

50 volunteers needed, all ages

Project I-06  Snack Bag Assembly

Volunteers assembled trail mix bags for delivery to local school or service agency. This opportunity was appropriate for ages 5+ with supervising adult

20 volunteers needed, ages: 5+

Project I-07 Deliver Breakfasts, Lunches, Snacks

4 drivers (with car); others were 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+

Project I-08 Winter Coat Collection

**DONATION OPPORTUNITY** Winter coats were collected and delivered to local social service agencies.

Project I-09 UUPLAN Advocacy

Volunteers participated in an inside letter writing around gun control, immigration, economic and other social justice issues.

30 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project I-10 Lunch Bag/Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Assembly

Volunteers assembled lunch bags for delivery to local service agency. This activity was appropriate for ages 9+ with a supervising adult. Peanut Butter was used in this activity.

60 volunteers needed, ages: 9+

Project I-12 Welcome Committee Outside

Volunteers directed car and people traffic. Needed by 7:30 a.m.

15 volunteers needed, ages: 16+

Project I-16 Cleanup and Storage

Volunteers helped clean up USG at end of MLK Jr. Day

15 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project I-17 Be the Match

Volunteers were at information table regarding bone marrow transplant.

15 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

           Projects at Philadelphia Public Schools

Project S-01 Henry School Clean Up

Volunteers did general cleaning at a local public school. This opportunity was appropriate for ages 15+ with supervising adult

10 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project S-02 Lingelbach School Cleanup

Volunteers did indoor and outdoor cleanup.

20 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project S-03 Houston School Cleanup

Volunteers helped paint and clean.

10 volunteers needed, ages: 14+