The Greater Norristown Police Athletic League (GNPAL) is planning for their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day of Service, which, on Jan. 20, which will be an opportunity for the community to expand on King’s “‘dream,'” according to a media release from GNPAL.
This year for the Jan. 20 day of service GNPAL will work with over 10 non-profits, all who plan to have helpful projects of their own. The number of volunteers has risen from approximately 40 in 2009 to over 230 in 2013.
As they have in the past, GNPAL will partner with Global Citizen’s Martin Luther King Day of Service for the National Observance, where people in the community will gather to do good works in remembrance of the civil rights leader, who was assassinated in 1968.
The event, with its kick-off breakfast for those who are volunteering, will be sponsored by State Farm Insurance, and which will be followed by two more events sponsored by the company. After the breakfast, volunteers will help with projects at GNPAL from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be a moderated discussion about race and society.
The volunteering will be centrally located at GNPAL, but volunteers will also leave to help at sister sites, according to GNPAL Program Director Kenneth A. Fennal.
The Norristown Area School District is offering two of its schools as volunteer sites. Some volunteer will be students from Montgomery County Community College, Ursinus College, Villanova University and Cabrini College, as well as employees from Vanguard, McNeil Pharmaceutical, Einstein Medical Center-Montgomery and Lease Direct.
GNPAL can be found at 340 Harding Boulevard in Norristown. For further information, contact Program Director Kenneth A. Fennal at 610-278-8040, ext. 18.