Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best when he described his insights about service. He said, “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
That’s how 80 Holy Family faculty, staff, and students felt joining more than five thousand volunteers at Girard College–and 150,000 across the region–for the Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service, the largest King Day event in the nation. Holy Family University was among 40 sponsors at this year’s event, which celebrated the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote while promoting the importance of voter registration and participation in the 2020 Census.
University President Sister Maureen, CSFN, PhD, participated in the Opening Ceremonies, alongside Governor Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney, U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr., Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro as well as other local dignitaries and sponsors. The Phillies Phanatic also roused the crowd both on- and off-stage.
“The feeling throughout the event was one of unity and connection,” said Sister Maureen. “It was exciting to be at the heart of the Philadelphia community, celebrating the spirit of Dr. King and making a difference together. Holy Family University was proud to sponsor and privileged to participate in this impactful and inspirational event.”
Our volunteers packed meals with Rise Against Hunger to help food-insecure members of the community. They also joined Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority in sorting and packing infant blankets and supplies. Working with Amerihealth Caritas, volunteers sorted, folded and presented professional clothing donations so members of the community could interview for jobs and present their best foot forward in the workplace.
Students handed out information to promote voter registration and participation in the 2020 U.S. Census, and Sister Maureen helped to build Census boxes. The boxes will be placed in public buildings around the City to collect commitment cards from Philly residents pledging to complete the survey this spring so everyone can be counted.