Monday, January 16, 2023

The Jersey Cares Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service engages people across the state to embody Dr. King's vision and bring people of all ages and backgrounds together, strengthening their communities and building a stronger New Jersey. Volunteers across the state will come together to honor Dr. King's legacy through a variety of projects.


Virtual Project Options

Registration for the below 2023 projects will open by December 16, 2022.

Virtual Cards: Volunteers will create electronic cards including pictures and inspirational quotes for veterans to thank them for their service to our country.    

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This project is appropriate for ages 4+.
  • This project will take place from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Registration for this project will open on December 16th..

Senior Winter Warmth Kits:  Volunteers will create no-sew fleece scarves, decorate materials, and write a note to be donated alongside comfort items for senior residents from care facilities across NJ.

  • Registration for this project is $30 if you would like to pick up supplies at the Jersey Cares office or $40 to have supplies shipped to your address.
  • This project is appropriate for ages 10+.
  • This project will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. on Zoom.
  • Registration for this project will open on December 16th.

STEM Kits:  Volunteers will decorate materials, assemble instructions, and write a note to be donated to be donated alongside at-home STEM experiments for public school students across NJ.

  • Registration for this project is $30 if you would like to pick up supplies at the Jersey Cares office or $40 to have supplies shipped to your address.
  • This project is appropriate for ages 10+.
  • This project will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. on Zoom.
  • Registration for this project will open on December 16th.

Virtual Chopped Challenge Workshop: Volunteers will participate in a Hunger Simulation Icebreaker to understand the difficulties of feeding a family on a limited budget and create custom recipes for economically disadvantaged families using food commonly found in inner city convenience and grocery stores. 

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This project is appropriate for ages 14+.
  • This project will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Registration for this project will open on December 16th.

Virtual Understanding Homelessness Workshop:  Volunteers will participate in an simulation to understand the situations that can lead to experiencing homelessness and create custom "You Matter" cards to uplift individuals and build their self-worth and esteem to be donated alongside hygiene kits created at in-person MLK Day of Service projects.

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This project is appropriate for ages 14+.
  • This project will take place from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Registration for this project will open on December 16th.

In-Person Project Options

Registration for the below 2023 projects will open on December 16, 2022.

"I Have A Dream" Walk:  Volunteers will come together in solidarity to support the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and social justice causes. 50% of all funds raised for this project support the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This event is appropriate for ages 4+.
  • This event will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The last day to register for this project is Thursday, January 12th.
  • Registration for this project will open on December 16th.

Kit Assembly in Cherry Hill:  Volunteers will create a variety of kits to support nonprofits and schools throughout the state to support community members. Kits include: First Responder Kits, Garden Kits, and First Night Kits with No-Sew Fleece Blankets. All kits will include creative components as well as kit packing activities.

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This event is appropriate for ages 4+.
  • This event will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The last day to register for this project is Thursday, January 12th.
  • Registration for this project will open on December 16th.

Kit Assembly in Central Jersey:  Volunteers will create a variety of kits to support nonprofits and schools throughout the state to support community members. Kits include: First Responder Kits, Garden Kits, and First Night Kits with No-Sew Fleece Blankets. All kits will include creative components as well as kit packing activities.

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This event is appropriate for ages 4+.
  • This event will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The last day to register for this project is Thursday, January 12th.
  • Registration for this project will open on December 16th.

Kit Assembly in Livingston:  Volunteers will create a variety of kits to support nonprofits and schools throughout the state to support community members. Kits include: First Responder Kits, Garden Kits, and First Night Kits with No-Sew Fleece Blankets. All kits will include creative components as well as kit packing activities.

  • Registration for this project is FREE.
  • This event is appropriate for ages 4+.
  • This event will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The last day to register for this project is Thursday, January 12th.
  • Registration for this project will open on December 16th.

Coat Sorting: Volunteers will sort through coat donations in-person at our container sites across the state. All opportunities will be held outside, unless otherwise noted.

  • Registration for these projects is FREE.
  • These projects are appropriate for ages 14+.
  • All opportunities will take place from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • All opportunities will take place on Sunday, January 15th.
  • Registration for these projects will open in early January.

Coat Sorting in Branchburg

Coat Sorting in Metuchen

Coat Sorting in Freehold

Coat Sorting in Garfield

Coat Sorting in Morristown

Coat Sorting in Livingston


SWAG AND SUPPORT

Head over to our online store to make a donation supporting Jersey Cares and receive an MLK Day shirt as a thank you!

To make a donation and check out other Jersey Cares accessories, please click HERE.


Questions? Please call us at 973-533-1993 or email us at mlkdos@jerseycares.org.