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Get Involved During the Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Service and Reflection at Drexel

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service falls on Jan. 18 and will be the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates Dr. King’s legacy. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been known as a direct service day on, not a day off, and is a call to action for Americans to commit themselves to giving back to their communities.

In 2020, our nation saw even more of the injustice that Dr. King was struggling with and spoke out against. This year, the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement will be honoring Dr. King’s legacy with a Week of Service and Reflection which will be observed from Jan. 18 through Jan. 22. The Lindy Center will be offering a mix of virtual and in-person opportunities to the larger Drexel community and hope that Dragons will join in celebration and reflection of Dr. King’s legacy and scholarship. In such an unprecedented time, the hope is to bring the Drexel community together to forge a new way forward; one that allows us to look to our past as inspiration and hope.

Drexel departments are encouraged to organize a minimum of one event during the week and share it with the Drexel Community through the Lindy Center’s Drexel Galaxy database. Upon launch, Drexel departments will be able to easily find volunteer opportunities and civic engagement events in Philadelphia. The Lindy Center plans to use this database to deepen Drexel’s commitment to civic engagement and our Greater Philadelphia community and share external listings and opportunities represented from around the city. Once your concept is finalized, fill out this survey and the Lindy Center will add your event/activity to the listing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. week of service and event opportunities.

To assist with planning for this week, the Lindy Center worked in tandem with Global Citizen to make a list of suggested opportunities for those interested.

Ideas for Projects:

  • Find service projects through the Global Citizen portal
  • Create a special office service project for your colleagues to do
  • Donation Service Center: collect goods for organizations that have need – Global Citizen would connect with organizations (service from start to finish we would collect and then drop)
    • Collecting PPE aka collecting masks, sanitizers, etc.
    • Food collection for canned goods
    • Collect menstrual products to address period poverty
    • Literacy kits (collecting books for the Global Citizen’s Reading Captains program)

Grab and Go Service Projects

    • Mask making: pairing with an organization to make masks
    • Write letters to the elderly or frontline service workers
    • Day of Learning Virtual Conversation or a Film Party (pick a docuseries and then have a discussion)

In-person Programming

    • Outdoor Cleanups with a max of 10 people following CDC guidelines and access to masks/sanitizer
    • Shoveling snow for community members and neighbors

The Lindy Center will be hosting a few events throughout the week including:

  • Beloved Community: an event in collaboration with the Dornsife Center, join to connect with your West Philadelphia neighbors and reflect on Dr. King’s concept of the “Beloved Community.” Attendees will be given short readings to prepare for the event and, during the hour-long program, reflect on the readings and consider what King's philosophy can teach us about our local relationships.
    • Details: This virtual event will take place Jan. 20 from 5:30 to. 6:30 p.m. Register by Jan. 18.
  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail: The Lindy Center’s monthly student-led Coffee and Community will partner with the Criminal Justice Society for an opportunity to discuss Dr. King’s legacy and scholarship in the context of mass incarceration, racial justice, and community change from a student perspective.
    • Details: This virtual event will take place Jan. 22 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Register by Jan. 22.
  • On Being a Good Neighbor: Get involved in this school supply donation drive for a local school in collaboration with Global Citizen, who hosts a citywide MLK Day of Service every year. Global Citizen also has many events happening on MLK Day with a special emphasis on COVID-19 and the health of the Philadelphia Community.
    • Details: The Lindy Center will host a volunteer drive to support Girard College throughout the week. Stop by the Lindy Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. from  Jan. 19 through Jan. 21 to drop off school supplies for the school. 

Find the full list of events and more details on Drexel Galaxy Digital, a new volunteer opportunities database for Dragons to more easily cultivate and commit to civic engagement opportunities around the city.