In January 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK, Jr.) Holiday into law as a celebration of Dr. King’s immeasurable contribution to the United States and to humankind. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service, marking the third Monday in January every year as the MLK, Jr. Day of Service – a “Day On, Not a Day Off.”
This year, MLK, Jr. Day of Service occurs on Monday, January 17. Please consider volunteering your “day on” with the Cobbs Creek Park Cleanups group. They are looking for 10 to 20 volunteers to help remove litter and trash from a one-mile section of the Cobbs Creek Trail between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Volunteers will assemble at the entrance to Mt Moriah Cemetery. Equipment, including masks, will be provided. Visit the Greater Philadelphia’s Day of Service website to sign-up.
If you can’t get to Cobbs Creek on Monday, these parks are also hosting MLK, Jr. Day of Service Volunteer Clean Up Events
Like much of Philadelphia, litter is a challenge in Cobbs Creek Park. Litter is more than an eyesore, it affects quality of life and exacerbates safety, and walkability issues already facing the community. Cobbs Creek Park and Trail are important assets to West and Southwest Philadelphia. We hope you will honor Dr. King’s legacy of service and reflection this holiday by volunteering your time to help beautify this crucial urban green space.