In 2011, more than 75,000 volunteers participated in 1,200 projects in the 16th annual King Day of
Service, again making it the largest King day event in the nation.
In 2012, more than 85,000 people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the Philadelphia region
volunteered in some 1,500 service projects in the 17th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther
King Day of Service. Girard College hosted the area’s signature project with some 4,000 volunteers.
Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, U.S. Senator Bob Casey,
Senator Wofford, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Congressman Bob Brady, Congresswoman Allyson
Schwartz, Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley and Girard College President Autumn Graves joined
volunteers of all ages and backgrounds from around the region in some 150 projects throughout the
In 2013, more than 115,000 people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the Philadelphia region
volunteered in some 1,600 service projects in the 18th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King
Day of Service. Girard College hosted the area’s 2013 signature project, with some 4,000 volunteers. The
day kicked off with an opening ceremony. Highlighting 150 projects, workshops and presentations at
Girard College was KEYSPOTS: Powered by Freedom Rings Partnership, a citywide initiative to bring
Internet access, training, and technology to all Philadelphia communities. The signature site project
highlighted one of the KEYSPOTS’ programs– the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) Free Netbook
Program, with the distribution of netbook computers, modems, and digital literacy resources to more than
150 pre-qualified PHA residents.
What started seventeen years ago as a project in Philadelphia has grown into a national movement
in hundreds of cities and towns, with more and more projects turning into ongoing programs and
partnerships. We continue to work with our partners and others to encourage year-round civic
engagement and ongoing volunteer opportunities by participating in our MLK365 program.