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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role as a spokesperson and leader during the civil rights movement. One of the most important voices of the movement, he advocated for the advancement of civil rights through nonviolence. The holiday that honors him, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service.

There are a number of organizations commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including the Volunteer Center of Burlington County in partnership with the Burlington County Library System. 

A full list of events and resources can be found here. They include donation opportunities and virtual events, such as the 15th Annual Day of Service at the Burlington County Library, webinars and writings. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Center of Burlington County at volcenter@hotmail.com or (856) 222-9311 ext. 1492.

15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Due to COVID-19, this year’s Martin Luther King. Jr Day Challenge will be a drop-off only event. On Monday, January 18 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, donations can be dropped off in the parking lot of the Burlington County Library (5 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton, NJ 08060).

The challenge’s purpose is to encourage Burlington County residents to join thousands of Americans in remembering Dr. King by participating in service projects. Together, we honor Dr. King’s legacy of tolerance, peace and equality by meeting community needs and making the holiday a day of community service. It is a day on, not a day off.

The Volunteer Center of Burlington County will be gathering donations for the following. A list of each organization’s requested items can be found here.

  • Oaks Integrated Care Food Pantry - Mount Holly: This food pantry serves Burlington County. They help children, adults and families in need.

  • Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey: This organization supports United States military forces serving in the Middle East as well as those supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve.

  • Burlington County Animal Shelter: Their vision is to create an environment where all animals receive appropriate care, love and attention. They strive to ensure their animals are placed in committed permanent homes. The shelter also provides essential services for reuniting lost pets with their owners.

You can also drop off greeting cards, which will be delivered to residents of assisted living facilities.

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