UPDATE: Join us at 8:00 for breakfast and volunteer check-in, followed by worship at 9:00, then head out to your project(s) and do good work! Haven’t signed up for a project yet? Consider joining Rev. Kent and Senator Art Haywood at our Public Witness for a Living Wage Demonstration at CVS Pharmacy, 7065 Lincoln Drive beginning at 9:30. (click here for details)

Advanced registration on the website is now closed, but there will be a few projects available at USG for walk-in volunteers. Get warmed in soul and heart! Join us!

2018 is 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.

Sign up NOW to Serve on MLK Day, January 15, 2018!


You can…
sign up to work on any of our 32 service projects by visiting www.mlkphillyuus.org. All service projects are either close to USG or are here on-site at USG.
donate gently used adult and children’s winter coats to those in need. Look for the donation bins outside the entrance to the sanctuary. 
fill one of these empty leadership/ helper slots:
– Lunch Bag Decoration at USG (1 Leader needed)
– Outside Welcome Committee at USG (2 helpers needed)
– 4 licensed Drivers with cars to deliver food to various sites
– 4 co-pilots for same delivery
– Sous chef for Soup making at USG (1 needed)
(If you can fill one of those spots, please contact Connie Simon ASAP.)
...lend one or more of…10 sturdy garden rakes (not leaf rakes), 5 shovels and 2-3 wheelbarrows for our outdoor cleanup project at Lingelbach. (If you can can loan something, please contact Carolyn Scott ASAP.)
Not sure what you want to do? Contact Connie Simon or Kay Weiser (external/off-site project co-ordinator), Dennis Brunn (school project coordinator) or Melissa Guerriero (on-site USG project coordinator).
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
2018 projects:


Project E-01 Winter Essential Kits

Volunteers will prepare and deliver winter essential kits for local seniors.This opportunity is appropriate for age 14+ with supervising adults who can drive.

10 volunteers needed, ages: 10+

Project E-02 Interim House-Carriage House Cleaning

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

8 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-05 Green Tree Bulk Mailing

Volunteers will 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+

Project E-06 Soup-Making

Volunteers will make soup for a local soup kitchen. This opportunity is appropriate for ages 14+ with supervising adult

6 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-07 PIHN Plate/Bowl Making

Volunteers will 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. 

Project E-10 Kaysim Court

Volunteers will nteract with mentally handicapped residents ‐ play games and listen to live music.

8 volunteers needed, ages: 11+

Project E-11 PIHN Cleanup

Volunteers will sanitize toys and clean up at a day center for families in transition

12 volunteers needed, ages: 11+

Project E-12 Germantown Life Enrichment Cleanup

Volunteers will conduct clean-up projects, plant seeds and paint.

15 volunteers needed, ages: 8+

Project E-13 Cliveden Convalescent Center

Volunteers will play games, do art projects, enjoy music, interact with the elderly.

20 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-14 Wayne and Johnson Cleanup

Volunteers will clean up trash and debris on Wayne and Johnson Avenues.

10 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-15 Interim House Art Room

Volunteers will wipe down and organize art studio.

2 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-16 Interim House Donations Closet

Volunteers will wipe organize donations closet.

3 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project E-17 Germantown Life Enrichment Center

Volunteers will art talent will paint murals and athletic symbols in hallway.

10 volunteers needed, ages: 8+

On-Site Projects at USG

Project I-01  USG Soup-Making

Volunteeers will make soup for a local soup kitchen. This opportunity is appropriate for ages 14+ with supervising adult

6 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project I-02 Card Making

Volunteers will make nonpersonalized birthday cards cards for seniors at a local service agency. This opportunity is appropriate for children with a supervising adult.

30 volunteers needed, ages: 5+

Project I-03 Breakfast Bag Assembly

Volunteers will assemble breakfast bags. This activity is appropriate for all ages  with a supervising adult.

15 volunteers needed, all ages

Project I-04 Thank You Notes

Volunteers will write thank you notes to MLK Day donors.

20 volunteers needed, all ages

Project I-05 Lunch Bags Decoration

Volunteers will decorate lunch bags for delivery to a local service agency.

50 volunteers needed, all ages

Project I-06  Snack Bag Assembly

Volunteers will 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+

Project I-07 Deliver Breakfasts, Lunches, Snacks

4 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+

Project I-08 Winter Coat Collection

**DONATION OPPORTUNITY** Winter coats will be 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.

Project I-09 UUPLAN Advocacy

Volunteers will participate 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 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+

Project I-12 Welcome Committee Outside

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

15 volunteers needed, ages: 16+

Project I-16 Cleanup and Storage

Volunteers will help clean up USG at end of MLK Jr. Day

15 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project I-17 Be the Match

Volunteers will be 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 will do general cleaning at a local public school. This opportunity is appropriate for ages 15+ with supervising adult

10 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project S-02 Lingelbach School Cleanup

Volunteers will with indoor and outdoor cleanup.

20 volunteers needed, ages: 14+

Project S-03 Houston School Cleanup

Volunteers will help paint and clean.

10 volunteers needed, ages: 14+