Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

On Monday, January 21, 2019, 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 Book Thing. Our guest speakers at the Welcome Breakfast will be Executive Director Kenneth Morrison from DewMore Baltimore along with Maren Wright-Kerr, Dew More’s 2018 Youth Poet Laureate who will share her message through the power of poetry. Click here for Marin Wright-Kerr’s bio.

We will be collecting books for The Book Thing at the Welcome Breakfast on MLK Day. They accept books and magazines regardless of age or subject matter and will also take records, CDs, DVDs, phones, photographs and tablets. Please bring in anything that you would like to donate.

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 activities 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 pleased to place emphasis 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 Laurie Haas 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."

Inclement Weather Plans for MLK Day 2019

All participants will receive information on inclement weather plans in the email that goes out to everyone who has registered for an activity on Friday 1/18/19.

In the case of inclement weather, a message will be posted on the school website by 6am on the morning of MLK Day. A message will also be on the weather information line at 410-649-3311.

If there is too much snow or ice, on-campus activities will be canceled. They are:
  • Bag lunches for shelters
  • Health kits for Paul’s Place guests
  • Casserole Making for Our Daily Bread Employment Center
  • Glaze pottery bowls for Empty Bowls Fundraiser
  • Craft kits for Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House
Off-campus activities will most likely still go on and all participants in these activities will receive a contact phone number to call in case of snow or ice. Off-campus activities are:

  • The Baltimore Station Lunch Service
  • Crafts, Storytelling and Hot Cocoa with Broadmead Residents
  • Believe in Tomorrow Children's House Cleanup and Baking
  • Craft projects at Art with a Heart
  • Food Pantry and Clothing Bank for Paul's Place
  • Weekend food packaging at Baltimore Hunger Project
  • The 6th Branch Baltimore City Neighborhood Cleanup
  • Lunch service at Helping Up Mission
  • Organizing and shelving books at The Book Thing
  • Lunch service at Our Daily Bread Employment Center
  • Moveable Feast Meal Prep and Packaging
MLK Day of Service Schedule
A list of all activities including meeting times and locations.
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