Gloucester Township Council Vice President Orlando Mercado was pleasantly surprised when more than 100 people showed up to volunteer for the township's first-ever Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in 2012.
He wants—and expects—to see more than that for 2013's MLK Day of Service.
"We have 10 service projects where we are asking for volunteers from throughout our community to participate in," Mercado said during last Thursday's Council meeting. "Last year was the first year we did this and we ended up with about 120 volunteers, (and) we only put it out two weeks prior to it. ... There's 10 service projects throughout the community that you can volunteer an hour and a half or two of your time."
The second annual Gloucester Township MLK Day of Service will be held on Monday, Jan. 21, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Register to volunteer by clicking here. You will be given the option to select two projects for which you wish to volunteer.
Volunteers are asked to first report to the Gloucester Township Senior Center at the Chews Landing Road municipal complex at 9 a.m. to sign in and enjoy a free continental breakfast. Projects are expected to run from roughly 10 a.m. to noon.
Mercado noted in an email to Patch that he "added a few more projects this year to accommodate a bigger crowd."
For more information, send Mercado an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following service projects are now posted to Gloucester Township's official website:
St.Vincent de Paul Society (Food Bank at St. Agnes Church) – Organization, inventory and collection of donations
Gloucester Township Senior Campus I – Zumba with the seniors
Camden County Animal Shelter – Assist in the care of sheltered animals
Cards for Soldiers – Create cards of hope and thanks to send to our brave men and women
PB & J Sandwiches for the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden – Make and deliver a take-home snack for those in need
Blenheim Fire Co. – Help the men and women of this local fire station with some clean-up duties
Superstorm Sandy Relief - Collect bottles of dish detergent (16 to 28 oz.), scrub brushes and non-cellulose, mold-resistant sponges for delivery to Chews United Methodist Church's Flood Bucket Drive (No kitchen, dish or toilet scrub brushes)
Smiles for Sandy Hook Elementary School - Create cards filled with smiles for the children of Sandy Hook Elementary
Gloucester Township Recreation Center – Paint the rec center's rink wall
Gloucester Township Veterans Monument - General cleanup of the monument area
Relay for Life – Create purple ribbons to distribute for Paint the Town Purple Week in Gloucester Township