Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated by many as a day to take part in community service. The Civic Engagement Office invites students, faculty, and staff to room 200 of the Campus Center between 2 – 4 p.m. on Jan. 18 to help sort through book donations for Philadelphia’s Parkway West High School and assemble toiletry kits for the People’s Emergency Center (PEC).
The CEO is also hosting a MLK day luncheon in Haffner dinning hall from 12:30-2 p.m. for reflection and casual conversation.
If you can’t make it on Monday, there’s still time this week to donate items for both causes.
College Search Materials for High-School Students: Parkway West High School is a special-admit public school (a school with a competitive admissions process) located in West Philadelphia at 48th St. and Fairmount Avenue. This small high school has a focus on both preparing students for college and encouraging students to become educators in urban settings by engaging them in an education-related curriculum and providing urban education internships during high school. Parkway West is interested in creating a library of college-prep resources for its students and has requested donations of any new or gently used SAT/ACT test prep books, college guides, or other materials related to the college search.
Toiletries for Homeless Women and Children: PEC is the oldest and most comprehensive agency serving homeless women, teen girls, and their children in Pennsylvania. Since 1972, PEC has helped thousands of abused, abandoned, and homeless women and children to rebuild lives of dignity through programs that help them to help themselves. Needed items include toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap (bar soap and/or body wash gel), shampoo/conditioner, lotion, deodorant, baby oil, cotton balls/Q-tips, baby powder and baby wash, Vaseline, baby wipes, and tampons/maxi pads.
All donations can be delivered to the CEO, located in Dolwen on Cambrian Row, by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15.