MLK DAY OF SERVICE
Franklin County Coalition for Progress (FCCP), in partnership with Racial Reconciliation, is organizing the 2nd Annual Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service in Franklin County on the national holiday and event, which is observed as “a day on, not a day off.”
While life during a global pandemic is anything but normal, it is also more important than ever that we come together to serve our community and seek out justice. We are adapting to the times and going virtual for the health and safety of our neighbors, but there will still be plenty of education and fun in store. This will be a rewarding way for families, friends, neighbors and colleagues to make a lasting impact on their community in the spirit of Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community*. This event is free and open to the community. Please join us!
*Dr. Martin Luther King popularized the notion of the “Beloved Community." King envisioned the Beloved Community as a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one's fellow human beings. Fundamental to the concept of the Beloved Community is inclusiveness, both economic and social.
Gather with participants from throughout Franklin County to learn more about the meaning and purpose of service to all and the importance of community-building and social-cohesion. The day will feature a variety of virtual events giving participants an opportunity to sign-up for the type of experience they want and fits their schedule, including:
9am-9:30am: Welcome & Keynote Address
9:30am-12pm: Educational Workshops & Roundtable Discussions
12pm-1pm: Lunch (Grab & Go from select minority-owned businesses)
1pm-2pm: Performance, Reflections & Closing
Participants will be encouraged to perform acts of service (at home or solo) and random acts of kindness throughout the day**
Participants are encouraged to display unity and solidarity by:
Wearing their MLK Day of Service t-shirt at virtual program events & throughout the day
Displaying MLK Day of Service yard signs
Sharing images of their acts of service, random acts of kindness or other MLK Day of Service activities on social media
**See recommendations below.
>>>MLK DAY OF SERVICE PROGRAM GUIDE<<< (released on 1.7.2020)
We are proud to release the program guide for this years event. Dr. Wesley Fugate, President of Wilson College will give the opening keynote address which will set the tone for a day of learning, understanding and service. There are 12 mini workshops to choose from (there will be three rounds of four concurrent workshops) that cover a variety of topics on race, activism, the faith community, mental health and more. Recorded music and dance performances are planned too. The closing keynote address features a testimony by Melissa Deeken, a Pennsylvania native who shares her anti-racism journey as a white woman.
Program details and logistics will be emailed to registrants beginning on 1.8.20. Zoom links will be sent the morning of the event.
While the event is free, registration is required - whether you plan to participate in one activity or all of them.
Yard signs and T-shirts will be available first come, first served based on registration date. While supplies last. The last day to register for yard signs, T-shirts and grab-and-go-lunch is January 8, 2021.
**SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY
What can you do for others to celebrate the Franklin County MLK Day of Service?
Send a care package to someone.
Donate toys or clothing to an organization that sells them to others and uses the money for community building.
Bake cookies or write a letter to someone who may be isolated during this time.
Clean the house of someone who is sick.
Pick up litter in your neighborhood or at your local park.
Call someone who may be isolated during this time.
Write encouraging messages on the sidewalk.
In the drive-thru, buy the person behind you their order.
Drop off handmade cards and treats for hospital workers.
Travel to a neighborhood that's not your own & leave $5-$10 VISA gift cards with random strangers.
Make "you are loved" stickers, paint rocks, or post-its to randomly place around town.
If there are children in your household, encourage them to participate with you. Through volunteering, children learn to respect others, be helpful and kind, understand the needs of others, understand people who are different than themselves, gain a better understanding of good citizenship. Share your acts of service or kindness by tagging the MLK Day of Service Facebook page and hashtag #franklincountymlkday.
RESOURCES ABOUT SOCIAL & RACIAL JUSTICE, COVID & RACE AND BIPOC MENTAL HEALTH
Booklist for children and young adults; books are available in the Franklin County Library System.
Do you have resources to add? Email them to
THANK YOU MLK DAY OF SERVICE SPONSORS
CONSULTING & TRAINING
Clint & Mary Bolte
Brenda Light Bredemeier
Ida Elrod Eustis
Martha and Michael Brendle
Kim Stouffer, State Farm Insurance
BECOME A SPONSOR
See full sponsorship opportunities and benefits in the sponsor packet here. To become a sponsor, fill out the online form. You can pay online using the "Donate" button or send a check to the Franklin County Coalition for Progress at 591 Montgomery Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.
Presenting Sponsor (1 Available) - $5000
Lunch Sponsor (1 Available) - $2500
Workshop Sponsor (3 Available) - $1500
Support Sponsor (Unlimited Available) - $500
Individual Contributor - Any Amount