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Over 85,000 expected for MLK day of service

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The nation will pause Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Many cities will recognize the former civil rights leader with a day of service and Philadelphia is no different.

Todd Bernstein is the president of Global Citizen. He's also in charge of the Philadelphia MLK Day of Service, which has made huge strides since its launch 17 years ago.

It's a tradition that continues to grow and this year more than 85,000 people are expected at the 1300 volunteer locations throughout the city.

Vice President Joe Biden, wife Jill, along with members of Congress will be on call to lend a helping hand.

The signature project will be held at Girard College Armory on the 2100 block of South College Avenue in North Philadelphia beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Volunteers will also be packaging over 100,000 meals to be distributed worldwide and collecting canned goods for local food banks.

For the first time this year, the event will also launch a jobs fair featuring 20 employers from across the region that have open positions within their company.

"Dr. King was also a champion of economic justice. This is a chance to provide economic opportunity for people in a challenging time," said Bernstein.

A host of other events will take place throughout the day as well including a health fair and a carnival for children.

For more information on how to volunteer and for a full list of events visit: Philadelphia MLK Day of Service.

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