DCLMN Observes 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service


Millions of Americans will come together on MLK Day, January 18 – and the days leading up to it – to learn, pray, engage in dialogue, help others, and more – to honor the memory of Dr. King. The Democratic Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth is pleased to once again support MLK Day.

Our goal is to encourage all residents of Lower Merion and Narberth to take action during the period commemorating the life, legacy, and values of Dr. King – Friday, January 15 through Monday, January 18 – and to provide information to facilitate their involvement.

There are a number of ways you can participate in MLK Day. We have highlighted a number of opportunities below. All of these events are open to the entire community and suitable for all ages, unless indicated otherwise. Following this, there are some resources listed where you’ll be able to find other MLK Day activities.

If you are aware of other activities that we have missed please add them by making a comment. And during and after the four-day commemoration of Dr. King, please share your activities through photos and videos on this page.


MLK Afternoon of Service, organized by the Lower Merion School District, Friday, January 15, 1:30 – 3:30, Lower Merion High School Cafeteria, 315 E. Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore.

LMSD has organized a number of service projects – collecting books for the community, packaging snacks for Ronald McDonald houses, pet collections for Saved Me (www.savedme.org), and making bookmarks and Valentine’s Day cards for area senior citizens – and entertainment activities, such as live performances, music, kid-friendly crafts, games for all ages, and snacks and refreshments available for purchase. There is also a section with tables with information about events and committees around the district.

In addition, together with Cradles to Crayons (www.cradlestocrayons.org/philadelphia), LMSD is collecting new and nearly new children’s items, such as: books, puzzles, school supplies, bedding, diapers and diaper bags, play equipment, hygiene supplies, and small toys. All donations can be brought to the MLK Afternoon of Service at Lower Merion High School.

If you have any questions about these activities, please contact Jamie Nemec at nemecj@lmsd.org.

15th Annual "Hoops From The Heart" MLK Day Youth Basketball Clinic, hosted by the Cabrini College women's and men’s basketball teams, Monday, January, 18, 9:00 – 12:00 Noon, Nerney Field House on the Cabrini College campus in Radnor.

The clinics are open to boys and girls in grades 1 to 8 and cost $30 per child. In addition, participants are asked to bring one nonperishable food item to the clinic. All players will also receive a free t-shirt. Cabrini's clinic will focus on all fundamentals of the game through personalized instruction from Cabrini head coaches Kate Pearson and Tim McDonald. Members of the Cavaliers' men's and women's basketball players will also be on-hand to help with skill stations.

The guardians of all children attending the clinic must complete the on-line waiver, which can be found here: http://www.cabriniathletics.com/sb_output.aspx?form=12. For more information or to register, please call 610-902-1016.

FYI, the clinic is part of the "Hoops from the Heart" program, which benefits Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC) programs that serve low-income residents in Delaware County. All proceeds raised will benefit programs including emergency housing, social services, employment training, and life skills training. "Hoops from the Heart", part of the MLK Day of Service, was started in 2002 and has since raised $60,000 for CAADC programs.

MLK Day of Service on the Trail, organized by the Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail (http://www.cynwydtrail.org), January 18, 9:00 – 1:00. Participants are to meet at the Barmouth Trailhead at 9:00; Barmouth Trailhead is at the end of Levering Mill Road, after crossing Belmont Avenue, in Bala Cynwyd. Come out and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, while helping to improve the trail with Friends and neighbors.

Everyone is welcome. Tools, snacks and gloves will be provided for all volunteers.

Cradles to Crayons MLK Day of Service – Donation Drop-off Community Drive, Monday, January 18, 10:00 – 1:00.

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school, and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have, with communities that need. On MLK Day, Cradles to Crayons will be collected new and gently used items at more than 15 locations in the Greater Philadelphia area, including Penn Wynne - Overbrook Hills Fire Company at 1440 Manoa Road in Wynnewood. For the complete list of drop-off locations, visit http://bit.ly/Cradles2CrayonsMLK2016.


Check out the events calendar at your church/synagogue and/or your kids’ schools to see what activities they’re planning. Many are open to the entire community. For example, Zion Baptist Church in Ardmore, Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, and Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley are teaming up once again to conduct a Sabbath of Interfaith Harmony. Main Reform Temple is hosting a Friday evening Shabbat Service on January 15, starting 7:30, and on Sunday, January 17, there will be a worship service Zion Baptist Church, starting at 10:30. The Unity Choir, which consists of members of all three places of worship, will perform at both services.

Both synagogues also have a host of activities planned for Monday the 18th. See http://www.mlrt.org/martin-luther-king-jr.html (Main Line Reform) and http://files.ctctcdn.com/ab3114dc001/216b7ae7-108d-4bca-a77f-e87d0a2724f8.pdf (Beth Am Israel). Members of the community are welcome at most of these activities.

Another example: Belmont Hills Elementary School is holding a Morning of Service on Monday, January 18, 9:00 to 11:30, at Narberth Borough Hall, 100 Conway Avenue (http://www.belmonthillshsa.org).

And here’s one more: On Sunday, January 17, starting at 10:00, Rabbi Beth Kalish of Beth Reform Congregation in Gladwyne and Reverend Charles “Chaz” Howard, Chaplain of the University of Pennsylvania, will speak jointly at the Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. Worshippers are asked to stay after the service for a discussion on scripture and gun ownership: What can believers do about our national epidemic of gun violence?

Find out about the events and other activities taking place in the city of Philadelphia from Friday, January 15 through Monday, January 18, by visiting http://bit.ly/VisitPhilly-MLK2016, where Visit Philly (www.visitphilly.com) lists some of its top MLK Day picks. The list includes volunteer and service project opportunities, memorable musical performances, special museum exhibits and activities, and so much more.

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