How to Get Involved on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Philly

Every year, people around the nation roll up their sleeves and lend a helping hand to their local community in the name of iconic civil-rights figure Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While volunteers in all four corners of the country pitch in for a day of community service, Philadelphia actually hosts the biggest Martin Luther King Day service project in the nation, with many of the = efforts right near your 1500 Locust apartment.

Organized by Global Citizen, Philly’s MLK programming offers hundreds of ways to give back to the city, from community clean-ups to beautification projects to educational events. So pick your project, grab your friends and head out to make a difference in your community on Jan. 15:

Bethesda Project: The organization, six blocks from your 1500 Locust apartment, provides resources to help the homeless get back on their feet. On MLK Day, the organization is inviting volunteers to help make and serve brunch to its clients, and get to know its programs and services while also helping to clean and beautify common areas in the facility.

Local museums: A number of area museums will offer discounted admission, special education programs and opportunities to get involved in the community. Philadelphia Museum of Art, about two miles from your 1500 Locust apartment, will offer pay-what-you-wish admission from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and visitors can create art pieces that MANNA will distribute to local residents battling illnesses. At National Constitution Center, about 1.5 miles from your 1500 Locust apartment, guests can enter for just $5 and learn about King’s legacy in special exhibits. The center will also feature themed performances and opportunities to connect with local organizations in need of volunteers. The African American Museum, one mile from your 1500 Locust apartment, will host a weekend full of activities, including film screenings and tours of special exhibits honoring African-American history.

Francisville Playground: Practice your best Picasso with a painting project at the playground, about 1.5 miles from your 1500 Locust apartment. Volunteers will put a fresh coat of paint on the recreation center, brightening up a space that hosts community groups and meetings and serves as a hub of activities for local youth.


Bethesda Project

1630 South St.

Philadelphia, PA 19146



Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia, PA 19130



National Constitution Center

525 Arch St.

Philadelphia, PA 19106



African American Museum

701 Arch St.

Philadelphia, PA 19106



Francisville Playground

1737 Francis St.

Philadelphia, PA 19130