Countdown is on for MLK Day of Service

The Greater Philadelphia 24th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service will take place on Jan. 21, engaging tens of thousands of volunteers.
Photo credit Cherri Gregg/KYW Newsradio
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The countdown is on for the 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The event is the largest single day of service in the country, and this year's theme was inspired by the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Tradition that brings together history, music, art, activism and service kicked off Wednesday morning.

The theme for the Jan. 21 event is young people and the impact of gun violence on communities, finding solutions and envisioning peace. 

"Coming together to have a really cohesive conversation about the impact that gun violence is having on our students," said Serita Lewis, executive director of March for Our Lives Philadelphia, an organization born in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. 

Students unveil murals focused on youth efforts to stop #GunViolence - #KingDayofService will focus on the student activism in this area @KYWNewsradio pic.twitter.com/hU4keuylJR

— Cherri Gregg (@cherrigregg) January 9, 2019

The group organized the signature project to be led by the mayor, which includes Dream Booth, a six-foot structure made of piping tiled with dreamline banners.

"Expressions of values and dreams of young people who want a world without gun violence," Lewis said. 

.@GirardCollege all grades choir getting the crowd warmed up for announcements re #KingDayofService on 1/21. Are you planning to volunteer? @KYWNewsradio pic.twitter.com/2iVIWgBPkL

— Cherri Gregg (@cherrigregg) January 9, 2019

Lead organizer and president of Global Citizen Todd Bernstein says volunteers will make 100 booths to be distributed to schools and community centers. An estimated 150,000 volunteers will participate in more than 1,800 projects in the region on the King Holiday, with the main project headquartered at Girard College. 

To volunteer or register a project, go to mlkdayofservice.org.