Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for racial equality. In his honor, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is observed on the third Monday in January. On what is termed “a day on, not off,” we are encouraged to engage in volunteer service to our community. While we can’t meet in person this year, we know that you don’t have to go far to make a difference. You’re invited to join us at 10 am on Monday, January 18 over Zoom to connect with community and honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. before setting off on your own. More info and register here.
At that meeting, we’ll answer any questions you might have and encourage you to complete one of the following service projects to help your neighbors, your community, wildlife, and the environment.
Suggested Projects include:
Help the environment
- Pick Up Litter: Grab a bag and a pair of gloves and set out to beautify your neighborhood or a nearby park, one piece of litter at a time. Try to fill at least one bag of trash.
- While you’re doing this, reflect on the trash you create and how you might be able to minimize it. Check out suggestions from Zero Waste Home, Small Footprint Family, and EcoWatch.
- Write to a Representative: Let your representatives in the House and Senate know how important the health of the environment is to you by writing them a letter urging them to support climate change legislation, or—for younger children—drawing a picture of your favorite nature spot.
- Find out who your representative is: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members
- For specific ideas of legislation to support, check out this list by the Environmental Defense Fund.
Help your community
- Donate food to a community fridge: Community fridges have popped up across the city since the start of the pandemic. They provide fresh food for those in need.
- Make Window Decals to Prevent Bird Strikes: Window collisions are a leading cause of death in bird populations. Birds fly into windows because the glass reflects the environment around it and therefore, birds do not see it as a barrier. Window decals can help to prevent this. Create some of your own window decals using the recipe below. Make sure to cover the entire window (no openings more than 4” vertically and 2” horizontally) when putting them up.
- Ingredients: 2 tablespoons white glue, 2 drops of dish soap, paintbrush, plastic page protectors or wax paper, food coloring (optional), cookie cutters (optional)
- Mix glue, dish soap, and food coloring together in a bowl.
- Use a paintbrush to paint designs on a plastic page protector or wax paper. If you have one, you can also lay down a cookie cutter and paint inside of that. The number of designs needed will depend on how many windows you have and the size of them.
- The painted layer should be thick enough that there are no gaps or holes but not too thick or else it won’t dry.
- Let sit overnight.
- Peel the decals off and stick to windows in your house, making sure to cover the entire window so that there are no openings more than 4” vertically and 2” horizontally.
- For more details and pictures, visit: https://teachingmama.org/diy-window-clings/
- For more ideas, check out our article 20 Wonderful Ways to Help Nature.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to tag us @schuylkillcenter in a picture of the MLK project you completed using the #MLKDay!