Bryn Mawr College Celebrates MLK Day

Posted January 12th, 2015 at 1:17 pm.


As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, The Civic Engagement Office is providing transportation for students to help with local service projects, holding a  toiletry drive for an emergency center, and reimbursing travel expense for students who want to take part in a Philadelphia march for “Justice, Jobs, and Education.”

Once again, Bryn Mawr College is proud to host the Main Line Martin Luther King Association’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday program.


Service Project @ Cynwyd Heritage Trail

Monday, January 19, 2015
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(Volunteers should meet the BMC van at Pem Arch at 8:30 am)

Join residents of Lower Merion Township for a Winter Cut-Back Project. Volunteers will be working to cut back overgrown perennials and ornamental grasses from the Cynwyd Heritage Trail, a two-mile linear park and rail-to-trail that connects Lower Merion Township to the Manayunk bridge over the Schuylkill River just outside Philadelphia. More than 30,000 hours of volunteer labor have created the trail and plans are being developed to restore the Manyunk bridge to accommodate pedestrians and bicycles crossing into Manyunk and linking with the Schuylkill River Trail, providing direct trail access to the city.

Volunteers should dress warmly (with gloves and hats), wear close-toed shoes, and be prepared to engage in physical labor outdoors.

Learn more about the Cynwyd Heritage Trail from their website.

Space on the van is limited. To sign up for this project, please email Ellie Esmond by Friday, January 16, 2015.

Service Project @ Lutheran Children and Family Service

Monday, January 19, 2015
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(Volunteers should meet the BMC van at Pem Arch at 8:30 a.m.)

Lutheran Children and Family Service resettles many refugee families each year to the Philadelphia area.  Refugees often arrive here with very little–their belongings fitting into one small bag.  For refugees to begin a new life in the United States, they need many things.  One way LCFS helps is by providing a furnished place they can call home.  The MLK Day service project will help refugees who are resettling in the Philadelphia area.  Over the past year, many churches have donated household items for refugees but the storage space needs to be organized and the household items need to be sorted.

This project will take place at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Conshohocken, PA.  Transportation and lunch will be provided.

Learn more about Lutheran Children and Family Service by visiting their website.

Space in the van is limited.  To sign up for this project, please email Ellie Esmond by Friday, January 16.


#Reclaim MLK Day March for Justice, Jobs, and Education

Monday, January 19, 2015
1:30  p.m.: Rally at 440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia
2:00 p.m.: March begins
5:00 p.m.: March ends

The MLK Day of Action, Resistance, and Empowerment (MLK D.A.R.E.) coalition (made up of faith leaders, labor unions, parent groups, college and high school students, and grassroots activist organizations) focuses on racial justice and was inspired to organize this march on MLK Day after recent national events in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY sparked a national dialogue about race. The goal of the march is to continue to continue Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for racial and social justice by engaging in activism and calling for social change in local communities.

To learn more about the march and the route, please visit the Facebook page for the march.

Civic Engagement will reimburse the cost of public transportation for any student who participates in this march. For SEPTA reimbursement, please contact Ellie Esmond.

Toiletry Drive for People’s Emergency Center

Civic Engagement is collecting donations of toiletry items to create free toiletry kits that will be distributed to PEC’s clients.  PEC is the oldest and most comprehensive agency serving homeless women, teen girls, and their children in Pennsylvania.  Since 1972, PEC has helped hundreds of abused, abandoned, and homeless women and children to rebuild lives of dignity through programs that focus on education, job readiness, and independent, healthy living.

When mothers and their children arrive at People’s Emergency Center’s Emergency Shelter in crisis, they are worried, and focused on finding food, shelter and a safe place to live. Most of the women, children and teen girls served by PEC arrive with a limited supply of clothing and personal care items. They are probably the last things on their minds, that is why upon arrival at PEC they like to provide every family with a welcome package. Click here for a list of items needed.

Please drop off your donations in the marked collection boxes at any of the following locations by Friday, January 23, 2015:
Civic Engagement Office (located in Dolwen on Cambrian Row)
Campus Center foyer

Main Line Martin Luther King Association’s Annual Programming

Once again, Bryn Mawr College is proud to host the Main Line Martin Luther King Association’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday program.

This year’s event takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 18, and will be held at Goodhart Hall, 150 N. Merion Ave.

Programming includes a musical tribute to Dr. Kimg. Performers include well-known local musicians Barry Sames, Lynne Willis and Lynette Smith, the Main Line Interdenominational Choir, and current MLK Scholarship recipient Marcus Morales and family.

At the event, the Main Line Martin Luther King Association will honor the Bethel Academy and the Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line for their work in the community.

Recipients of the Association’s 2014-15 scholarships will also be announced. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

The Association will host another celebration of King’s legacy on Monday, Jan. 19, at the Saints Memorial Baptist Church, 47 S. Warner Ave., Bryn Mawr. Registration takes place at 8:30 a.m. and the program, which includes a tribute to Dr. King as well as workshops, kicks off at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served.

Bryn Mawr students can volunteer to help with both events. Those interested in signing up should contact Deborah Harley via email.

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