Chester County MLK Events and volunteer opportunties

Compassion, community, and empathy were some of the core values of Dr. Martin Luther King’s teachings. This year, we may not be able to gather in person, but there are plenty of ways to honor MLK’s legacy. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” From learning about social justice to collecting donations, we’ve put together a list of “small things” you can do for your neighbors on MLK day.

Chester county Mlk programs

Coatesville-Wide MLK Day 2021

  • Join the entire Coatesville Community to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the community’s strength, and honor those who are on the front-lines of the COVID crisis. Register here.
  • 10 a.m. Panel Discussion Featuring Elected PA Officials and Coatesville Community Leaders. 
  • 11:15 a.m. Honoring Local Service Workers 
  • 1 p.m. MLK & the Youth of Today: What Can I do? 

The Martin Luther King CommUNITY of the Greater Kennett Area Virtual Event

Throughout the day there will be speakers, presenters, breakout sessions, a musical tribute in honor of Dr. King, and opportunities to view choral music from past MLKCommUNITY Breakfasts, videos of famous speeches by Dr. King, documentaries, and workshops that focus on racism, health care justice, environmental justice and education justice. See the website for detailed information about our keynote speaker, presenters, workshops, musician, event schedule and registration.

  • Tickets cost $20.00 and students are free.
  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friends Association Virtual Community Conversation

  • Panelists will talk about housing issues from the civil rights era until now and ways we can work together to ensure that we live in a community where everyone is housed.
  • Zoom Link – Meeting ID: 496 777 6645 – Passcode: MLK2021

MLK Community Learning Event

  • North Coventry PTA and Owen J. Roberts will be sponsoring two exciting evening programs for all staff, students, and community of Owen J. Roberts. 
  • Register here.
  • 4-6 p.m. Implicit Bias Training: There will be an Implicit Bias Session by Justin Brown – a local expert in Diversity and Equity. 
  • 7-8 p.m. There will be a discussion on the movie, “Crash”,also facilitated by Justin.  
  • 12p.m. St. Paul’s Baptist Church Interfaith Service: Zoom service with Beth Chaim Reform Congregation, The Islamic Society of Chester County, Kesher Israel Congregation and St. Paul’s Baptist Church. Contact Reverend Richelle Gunter at for info and the Zoom link.
  • 2p.m. St. Paul’s Baptist Church Facebook Story Hour: A New Alphabet for Humanity by Leesa McGregor and I Dream for You a World: A Covenant for Our Children by Charisse Carney-Nunes.

MLK Day of Service Volunteer Opportunities

Global Citizen 365’s MLK Day of Service

Did you know that Philadelphia hosts the largest MLK celebration in the nation? Find virtual and Philadelphia volunteer opportunities here

Natural Lands’ MLK Day for Nature 

Stroud Preserve, 454 North Creek Rd. West Chester, PA 19382

1-3:30 p.m.

  • Grab gloves and join fellow volunteers in removing invasive plant species, nurturing native plants, and restoring habitats. Projects vary, but good fun (and dirt) is guaranteed! No experience required. Projects are suitable for ages 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult parent/guardian to participate. Register here.

Mobilize Virtual Opportunities: From donation drives to creating cards for isolated retirement home residents, Mobilize offers plenty of local and national MLK service projects. 

Donation Drives

Blue Star Mothers of American Chapter 9 Supply Drive

  • Contactless drop-off at 214 Fox Run Exton, PA 19341. 484-643-6559
  • They are collecting supplies for the Coatesville VA Medical Center and Good Samaritan Services to provide our veterans and the homeless living in transitional housing with much-needed necessities. 
  • Requested Donations: Paper towels, toilet paper, bleach, anti-bacterial wipes, detergent, all-purpose cleaners, antibacterial hand soap, hand sanitizer, and tissues. 

Chester County Food Bank Drive-Thru Food Drive

  • 650 Pennsylvania Dr, Exton, PA 19341
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • With your support, they can continue to help our neighbors throughout Chester County struggling to put food on the table. Look for a tent in the front upper parking lot.
  • Requested Donations: canned goods, tomato products (sauce, diced, and stewed), pasta, and canned proteins (tuna, chicken, salmon, or beans).

Friends Association Donation Collection and Community Art Project

113 West Chestnut Street, West Chester, PA, 19380

11 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

  • Create a unique piece of art, approximately 5×7 inches in size, with an image representing ‘home’. You can add a word, phrase or sentence that describes what ‘home’ means to you. Friends will weave together each individual piece to make one complete tapestry for display.  
  • Requested Donations: cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils, pop-up laundry hampers, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, mops, brooms, large trash bags, dust pans & brushes, cooking utensils, dish towels, pot holders, can openers, and all new bedding and towels.  

Good Samaritan Services Supply Drop-off

1516 Olive Street Coatesville, PA 19320

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • Staff will meet you and remove items from the truck of your vehicle.  You can also leave food donations on the front porch of the office. 
  • Requested Donations: milk, eggs, yogurt and cheese, as well as diapers in assorted sizes and gift cards.   

The Melton Center Supply Drive

501 E. Miner St., West Chester, PA 19382

1-3 p.m.

  • In honor of the 2021 MLK Day of Service, the Charles A. Melton Center invites community members to support students in their New Directions Program. Please pull into the parking lot through the Market St. entrance, and they will collect donations from your vehicle.
  • Requested Donations: healthy snacks in single-serve packages (i.e. granola bars, pretzels, whole-grain crackers, fruit cups, raisins) and engaging, diverse, and culturally relevant books.

Trinity Presbyterian Church of Berwyn

640 Berwyn Ave, Berwyn, PA 19312

12-4 p.m.

  • Deacons and members of the Mission Committee will have their cars in the Trinity parking lot – trunks open and ready for pantry donations. Caring Cupboard, and also a partner food bank at Great Valley Baptist Church, receive food items through the Chester County Food Bank. 
  • Requested Donations: Jelly, mayonnaise, crackers, coffee, tea, salad/cooking oil, toothpaste, bath soap, and toilet paper. 
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