Best Place to Volunteer for MLK Day and Beyond

Volunteering is an admirable activity any day of the year. Working with youth, animals or underprivileged communities can not only bring about meaningful impacts but feels great too! One of the biggest volunteer days of the year, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is coming up and is a great opportunity to give back to the community—and a way to jumpstart your 2019 with a commitment to volunteerism.


There are lots of local organizations in need of helping hands, including Philly AIDS Thrift, whose flagship store in Queen Village is about one mile from your 1500 Locust apartment. The shop also has a smaller outpost, PAT @ Giovanni’s Room, just four blocks from your 1500 Locust apartment. No matter which store you choose, there are plenty of opportunities to give back.


PAT’s mission is to fundraise for people affected by HIV/AIDS. The shop collects donations of gently used goods that it sells to help it reach its goal, donating all of its proceeds to charity. So far, PAT has given more than $2 million to HIV/AIDS causes. The main store sells everything from furniture to clothing to artwork, while the newer Giovanni’s Room location focuses on books and home goods. Both stores are powered by volunteers—who help collect donations, sort them, stock shelves and greet customers, among many other tasks. With an operation that spans two multi-level stores and features thousands of items for sale every day, the need for volunteers is great. Volunteer shifts are broken into short, three-hour time slots, so even if you have to work on MLK Day, considering grabbing a time later in the day to give back.


Whether you’re interested in a one-day activity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or want to develop a long-term relationship with the shop, explore the volunteering opportunities at Philly AIDS Thrift. The shop is also always looking for donations, so if you’re rooting through the closets of your 1500 Locust apartment to make way for your new spring wardrobe, make sure to make a pile of donations!


Volunteering costs you nothing but just a little bit of time and energy—but the rewards you get back will keep giving.


Philly AIDS Thrift

710 S. 5th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19147



PAT @ Giovanni’s Room

345 S. 12th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19107