Volunteer with PowerCorpsPHL on MLK Day

Photo courtesy PowerCorpsPHL

What a better way to honor and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering? On Jan. 19, PowerCorpsPHL, a new AmeriCorps program, is hosting three volunteer opportunities around the city, where you can honor the legacy of a man who dedicated his life to serving communities. The following is a list of sites where you can find PowerCorpsPHL crews giving back on Monday:

Organization: Teen Harmony/TEN2gether
: Athletic Recreation Center, 1400 North 26th St.
: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Teen Harmony aims to provide social change and environmental gain. This year's project will feature a discussion on Youth Violence, cleaning out the basement of the rec center, mural painting, a food and clothes drive, and a small art show.

Organization: Wharton Recreation Center
: Wharton Recreation Center, 2300 Wharton St.
: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome to come out to the Wharton Recreation Center to clean and paint the building. Lunch will be provided.

Organization: Vare Recreation Center
: Vare Recreation Center, 2600 Morris St.
: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The team at the Vare Recreation Center needs your help in revitalizing their space for underserved teens. They will be cleaning, painting, moving furniture, and hanging blinds. The center serves 25 to 40 teens from the Grays Ferry area every day and, with our help, can continue to keep kids off the streets.

More about PowerCorpsPHL from its website:

PowerCorpsPHL is an innovative, new AmeriCorps program designed to address Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Governor Tom Corbett’s environmental stewardship initiatives as well as the City of Philadelphia’s youth workforce development and violence prevention priorities. Partnering with EducationWorks and the Philadelphia Youth Network, PowerCorpsPHL will annually enroll 100 individuals, ages 18-26, in a 9-month program: 6 months of full-time service as AmeriCorps members with City departments followed by 3 months of intensive job placement support.


Over the next three years, PowerCorpsPHL will plant 3,000 trees, revitalize 3,000 acres of public land, educate 18,000 residents in watershed preservation, and connect 300 young adults to meaningful employment, post-secondary enrollment, or continued national service.