New Castle County is recruiting individuals and groups of all kinds to create community service projects for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 16.
“We encourage groups from large nonprofits and workplace volunteers to faith-based organizations and youth clubs to get involved by planning their own, unique efforts to help others on this important day,” County Executive Thomas P. Gordon said.
“We all can to something, from collecting donations of food or new socks for the homeless to major facility improvement projects for services that help those in need,” Gordon added. “What Martin Luther King Jr. – a personal hero of mine -- told a crowd in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1957 is just as true today: ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’’”
The county is honored to have been asked by the MLK Day of Service organization based in Philadelphia to recruit, register and track projects throughout New Castle County for the January event, said General Manager Sophia Hanson of the county’s Department of Community Services.
To register a project, call that department, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at (302) 395-5613.
All projects that sign up with the county will become part of the national record of community service, registered with the 22nd Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, which is the largest King Day event in the United States and last year involved tens of thousands of volunteers in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, Hanson said.
The regional organization suggests many ways to get involved, including volunteering to take direct action, donating goods or funds to benefit others and advocating to inspire others.
For volunteering opportunities in New Castle County that could inspire MLK Day projects, visit www.nccde.org/volunteer.
Those involved in projects registering with New Castle County will be encouraged to share photos of their efforts, to be posted on county Facebook pages in recognition. The county also will publicize registered projects to encourage support and donations, Hanson said.
The first six Martin Luther King Day projects to register with the county all seek volunteers to help with their efforts on January 16.