On Monday, January 20, 2020, Friends School of Baltimore will gather and send hundreds of students, faculty, and alumni into the community in support of MLK Day of Service. On this day we join one another to reflect on the principles of nonviolent social change and racial equality by serving our greater community. Activities are both on-campus and at sites such as Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House, Baltimore Hunger Project, Art with a Heart, Helping Up Mission, Our Daily Bread, The Baltimore Station, Paul’s Place, Moveable Feast, Broadmead and the Maryland Book Bank. Letrice Gant
of Baltimore Ceasefire
will be our guest speaker at the Welcome Breakfast.
New this year! We are introducing Backpacks of Love sponsored by the Blue Ribbon Project
. Items will be collected at school for infants’ backpacks in January and there will be a new on campus service activity on MLK Day assembling the backpacks. The backpacks will be delivered to the Baltimore Child Abuse Center for children being taken out of their homes to foster care.
Friends will also be partnering for an on-campus activity with The Family Tree
, a Maryland organization that works to provide parent education, support, and counseling to keep families together and out of the foster care system. The Family Tree leads Maryland in preventing child abuse, connecting caring communities, and building strong families to improve society for generations.
Do you play an instrument or sing? If so, sign up for a new off-campus MLK Day service activity. Join a group going to Springwell Senior Living
to perform in a recital for residents. Springwell is a nursing home and senior living facility in Mt. Washington. Each participant will perform between one and three songs for the Springwell community.
We are happy to welcome over 20 Thread
students, family members, and AmeriCorps members to this year’s Friends MLK Day of Service. Thread’s community will participate in making casseroles for Our Daily Bread alongside Friends School community members. Thread engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources. Thread believes relationships have the power to foster student’s academic advancement and personal growth into self-motivated, resilient, and responsible citizens.
“We are excited to continue to focus on working together in Baltimore communities in support of the holiday’s national mission to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a ‘Beloved Community,' " say this year’s parent coordinators Jennifer Taylor
and Jennifer Smith
. "We have volunteer spots available in a variety of activities and are confident that they will all fill up as they have in past years."