Monday, January 21, 2013
Did you volunteer on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Add your photos to our gallery and tell us where you gave your time and efforts today.
In its second year, Gloucester Township's day of service to honor Martin Luther King Jr. saw more than twice as many volunteers turn out. About 250 people packed the township's senior center Monday morning, ready to fan out across Gloucester Township to work in an animal shelter, food pantry, churches and more. Groups who stayed at the senior center made sandwiches for a soup kitchen, drew cards for troops serving overseas and created save the date cards for the upcoming Relay for Life. Add pictures of your volunteer project—whether you served with Gloucester Township or on your own—to our photo gallery. Click "upload photos and videos" to get started.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on Monday, Jan. 21, this year. Find out what's closed for the holiday.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed on Monday, Jan. 21. The following will be closed in observance of the King holiday: * Gloucester Township Public Schools; * Black Horse Pike Regional School District; * U.S. Postal Service (no mail delivery); * Gloucester Township-Blackwood Rotary Public Library; * Gloucester Township, Camden County, state and federal offices. Some banks will be open on Martin Luther King Day, while others will be closed. Call your bank or check its website before traveling to your local office to check hours.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
More than 100 volunteers spread out across Gloucester Township to lend a hand in Dr. King's honor on Monday.
Not too bad for the first year. That's how Gloucester Township Council Vice President Orlando Mercado assessed the town's first-ever Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. "I'm overwhelmed by the amount of volunteers we had today," Mercado said around 11 a.m. Monday at Camden County Animal Shelter, one of eight locations where volunteers worked for a few hours. Mercado pitched the idea for a communitywide Day of Service to mark King's official birthday celebration to Mayor David Mayer just two-and-a-half weeks ago, and announced it during the township's annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 2. He thought they'd get 50 or so volunteers for five projects. They got 116, and had to add three projects to accommodate the numbers. "I'm surprised…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
With two projects added this week, go to the township website now to sign up for one of seven service projects.
Just a few days remain to pre-register for the township's first community-wide Day of Service project to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Two projects have been added to the township's Day of Service program, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the senior center at the municipal complex. There are now seven service projects, all of which will be conducted in the township. The projects were selected by Council Vice President Orlando Mercado so as to allow people of all ages to participate. The seven projects are: To pre-register for the Gloucester Township's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, go to this page on the official township website. Mercado is hopeful at least 50 residents will join him, Mayor David Mayer and …
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Gloucester Township Patch provides a quick rundown of five things you should know heading into the week.
1. The Township Council will meet Monday night at the municipal building. Not including the largely ceremonial Jan. 2 reorganization meeting, it will be the first public-action session of the new Council, with newcomer Tracy Trotto and returning former councilman Sam Siler replacing Crystal Evans and Ken Garbowski. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. 2. Before Council gets down to business, the Timber Creek Regional High School football team will be recognized by township officials for winning the 2011 South Jersey Group 3 title. 3. Pressure is on the township to get the audio working on its live stream, after watchdog Joshua Berry reported during last Wednesday's Council work session that there was no sound for web viewers for …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Graduate students want to volunteer on Martin Luther King Day. Now they just need to connect with organizations who need helping hands.
Most organizations desperate for volunteers usually have trouble finding enough willing hands, but students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) have a different dilemma—they want to volunteer, but they need to be paired with organizations in need. Students at UMDNJ’s Stratford campus are seeking organizations that need extra help on Martin Luther King Day, also known as the MLK Day of Service. Volunteers fan out across the nation annually on MLK Day in honor of King’s legacy. “Last year, we had 75-80 volunteers, but not enough locations,” said Yvette Alvarez, a graduate student in public health and biomedical sciences who is helping organize the volunteer day. “In some locations we had so many people there, we…