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January 16, 2012

"Life's most persistent and urgent questions is: What are you doing for others?" – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year, thousands of Illinoisans make the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday "a day on, not a day off." This year Serve Illinois asks you to join your neighbors in giving back. Below, please find details on service projects that are planned by Serve Illinois partners. You can also search for more projects with the Volunteer Opportunity Portal.

For more information on the day of service, please visit MLKDay.gov.

Serve Illinois Partner Service Projects

Special thanks to Illinois LeaderCorps for compiling this list.

Project Project Description Organization & Contact Person Date, Time, & Location Number & Types of Volunteers Needed
"What are you doing for others?" Immigrants and refugees helping the communities. Immigrant and Refugee AmeriCorps Program (IRAP) members will write 15 personal stories of "what are they doing for others" and what motivates them to do this volunteerism. In addition, each IRAP volunteer will also document at least three additional stories from family, friends, and community members from their specific ethnic neighborhood that highlight comunity volunteerism The IRAP will publish 83 immigrant refugee stories of volunteerism in time to celebrate Martin Luther King's 83rd birthday. The stories will be shared at a special presentation. Immigrants and Refugee AmeriCorps Porgram (IRAP)

Sonya Arambula

Phone: 773-248-1019
1/10/2012

4pm - 6pm

Chicago, IL
N/A
Cause & Effect: The Science of Non Violence AmeriCorps members are going to be working on two projects.
Project 1: Watching of two documentaries (Children’s March & Eyes on The Prize), followed by a workshop which will facilitate the eight steps of non violence. Ending with a live testimony from a community member that actively participated in the civil rights movement.
Project 2: Will consist of a video biography profiling older community members from a local church: cornerstones of African American culture. These volunteers will speak of direct memory and give testimonials of MLK and the civil rights movement. The video project will give students a different perspective of MLK and the non-violence movement due to the experience coming from members of their own community.
F.O.R.U.M./ U.R.B.A.N./C.H.A.N.G.E

Jason Ward

Phone: 773-994-9200
1/13/2012

10am - 2:30pm

F.O.R.U.M.
200 E. 75th St
Chicago, IL

Stir Up The Gifts Ministries
7236 S. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL
N/A
MLK Day of Service ABC AmeriCorps is having a Sauk Valley Community College faculty member, Lenie Adolphson, as a guest speaker. She will be discussing Dr. King’s life. They will also be holding a bake sale throughout the week to raise money for the local food pantry. The bake sale will be January 10 & 12 and the actual presentation will take place January 13 from 12pm-2pm. ABC AmeriCorps

Amy Brose

Phone: 815-275-0423
1/13/2012

12pm - 2pm

Sauk valley Community College
173 Il Route 2
Dixon, IL
N/A
MLK Day Of Service UCIMC AmeriCorps Members will serve multiple project locations throughout the week of January 13 - 21st. The members will lead service projects at seven youth and community service sites, which will include hosting a community breakfast, coordinating high school and college volunteer projects, as well as an additional service project partnership with the Safe Families AmeriCorps Members from American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. The specific project activities are still in planning stages. Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

Leon McGee

Phone: 773-994-9200
1/13/2012 - 1/21/2012

Champaign, IL
N/A
Chicago Cares: Celebration of Service The AmeriCorps members at the Greater Chicago Food Depository will be joining Chicago Cares for their annual Celebration of Service event on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The location and audience of this event has not been communticated to us at this time. Greater Chicago Food Depository

Rebecca Fortuna

Phone: 773-843-6705
1/14/2012

8am - 4pm

Multiple Locations (buses leave from Union Station's Great Hall at 9:30am)
Chicago, IL
N/A
Clean Up Hunger! On Saturday, Jan. 14, AmeriCorps members will be joining with the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry in helping to distribute food to those in need. Due to budget and funding cuts, the OPRF Food Pantry has had to cut their service area and volunteers are desperately needed for distribution days. Then, on Monday, Jan. 16, more AmeriCorps members will be helping to organize and deep clean the OPRF Food Pantry, something for which the regular staff does not have time. West Suburban PADS

Justin Wilson

Phone: 708-338-1724 ext. 242
1/14/2012

8:30am - 1:30pm

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1/16/12

12:30pm - 4:30pm

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
848 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL
N/A
Leaving a Legacy There will be a musical and a supper for the homeless at Zion Lutheran Church. Lutheran Social Services of Illinois - Prisoner Family Ministry

Ruth Fairchild

Phone: 815-988-3465
1/14/2012

2pm - 4pm

Zion Lutheran Church
925 5th Ave
Rockford, IL
N/A
MLK Day Clothing Drive Public Allies Members will partner with Alternatives, Inc. to host a clothing drive. Public Allies Chicago

Burrell Poe

Phone: 773-715-1928
1/16/2012

7:30am - 6pm

Alternatives, Inc.
4730 North Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL
N/A
MLK Day of Service Belleville AmeriCorps will conduct a small group discussion on how we are building a more cohesive community. Belleville AmeriCorps

Ahmar Ursani

Phone: 618-691-8716
1/16/2012

9am - 3pm

512 West Main St
Belleville, IL
20
MLK Day of Service On Monday, January 16th 2012, City Year will be celebrating Dr. King's birthday as a "day ON, not a day off" by honoring his legacy through service projects. Volunteers will work alongside community members to help transform and uplift Henry Ford Powerhouse High School, Bethune School of Excellence and the North Lawndale YMCA in the North Lawndale community on Chicago's west side. We will be doing physical service such as painting classrooms, painting murals, and doing light construction projects with 800-900 volunteers from the community. City Year Chicago

Ali Ardery

Phone: 786-208-4132
1/16/2012

9am - 4pm

Henry Ford Powerhouse High School, Bethune School of Excellence, and the North Lawndale YMCA
Chicago, IL
400
MLK Day of Service Logan Square members, togther with high school students from Kelvin Park high School, will be having a day of peace from 9am to 1pm. They will be conducting peace circles where they will talk about the meaning of MLK Day and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From 2pm to 4pm they will go out to the neighborhood and give out free hot chocolate to all of the neighbors in honor of Dr. King. Logan Square Neighborhood Association - Parent Tutors

Ofelia Sanchez

Phone: 773-384-4370
1/16/2012

9am - 4pm


Hot Chacolate Distribution:
Corners of 2800 Milwaukee, Kedzie, and 3400 W. Diversey
Chicago, IL
N/A
North Chicago Improvements Schuler Scholar AmeriCorps Members will be working directly on capital improvements to school buildings in this impoverished community in an effort to beautify and modernize their facilities. Schuler Scholar Program

Amanda Marshall

Phone: 847-942-6056
1/16/2012

9am - 4pm


Forrestal Elementary School
2837 Washington St
Great Lakes, IL
N/A
MLK Day of Service As part of the MLK Day of Service, on Jaunary 16, 2012 the Illinois Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross along with the Springfield Urban Leauge Americorps, will be distributing preparedness information to educate the community about fire safety and prevention. The Illinois Capital Area Chapter responds, on average, to one fire every three days in the counties it serves. We would like to talk with members in our community about ways to prevent a fire from occurring. Some of the topics we'll be discussing include safe cooking practices and the importance of installing smoke detectors.

Volunteers will be conducting a walkthrough of neighborhoods that are economically vulnerable to fires and also those areas where the Red Cross has most frequently responded to fires during the past two years.
Springfield Urban League

Ebony Logan

Phone: Illinois Capital Area Chapter - 312-729-6154 ext. 235
1/16/2012
9am - 6pm

Springfield, IL
Open to anyone
Veterans Serving MLK 2012 Members will be writing letters to our military heroes. They will also donate to and replenish food pantries. Volunteers of America of Illinois

Keisha Lackland

Phone: 312-564-2308
1/16/2012

9am - 7pm


Letters will be written at various locations:
Ceda
1300 Northwest Highway
Mt. Prospect, IL

Elizabeth Woods Senior Apartments
1845 N. Larrabee
Chicago, IL

Robert Lawrence Apartments
655 W. 65th Street
Chicago, IL

Lincoln Perry Annex
243 E. 32nd Street
Chicago, IL

Illinois Council against Handgun Violence
320 N. Elizabeth
Chicago, IL

Kids off the Block
11621 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL

Young Chicago Authors
1180 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL
N/A
Community Health Awareness Fair This event is a healthy eating, living, and fitness awareness fair. In honor of Martin Luther King, JFY Chicago Healthy Futures will be hosting its first Annual Community Health Awareness Fair. This will be a free event offered to the 17 – 24 low income JFY clientele and their families. Participants will receive free information on healthy living practices, healthy eating habits and the importance of maintaining physical fitness. Free health exams will be offered, healthy junk food alternatives will be served and physical fitness examinations will be conducted. This event will be held at the Jobs For Youth/Chicago office in downtown Chicago. We are doing this event to ensure the clientele Jobs For Youth/Chicago serves has a chance to be educated on healthy living/eating and fitness standards. Jobs For Youth Healthy Futures Project

Lawrence Calhoun

Phone: 312-499-4778 ext. 117
1/16/2012

10am - 2pm

Jobs For Youth/Chicago
17 N. State Street. 6th Floor
Chicago, IL
N/A
Lending a Hand at LPCS VOCAL members will participate in clean-up, maintenance, and beautification projects at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter, as well as prepare a hot lunch for residents of the shelter. Projects that the shelter does not have the manpower or time to complete on its own will be the group’s priority. Necessary tools, materials, and food will also be supplied by the VOCAL program. VOCAL - Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Jackie Sprinkle

Phone: 312-857-1582
1/16/2012

10am - 2pm

Lincoln Park Community Shelter
Chicago, IL
N/A
MLK Day Clothes Drive On January 16, AmeriCorps Member and straff from Alternatives will host a clothes drive for the homeless. We will collect various items requested/needed by our planned partners. in addition to collecting items, we will also facilitate an open discussion/froum in which meembers of the community and invited professionals will be able to discuss the issue of youth homelessness. Alternatives, Inc.

Alexis Jennings

Phone: 773-506-7474 ext. 239
1/16/2012

10am - 3pm

Alternatives, Inc.
4730 N Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL
N/A
Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service This event is for children grades 2nd thru 6th in the Macomb Community. Teaches students about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and also gives them fun activities to learn some information also. Peace Corps Fellows

Charhonda Rodgers
1/16/2012

11am

Prairieview Community Center
140 N. Prairie Ave
Macomb, IL
N/A
America's Sunday Supper Surrounding leaders of East St. Louis, Midday Roundtable, Continuum of Life Care Center will collaborate with and encourage citizens of the community. AmeriCorps East St. Louis

Tenille Traylor

Phone: 618-271-2522
1/16/2012

11am

Continuum of Life Care Center
1274 N 37 St
East St. Louis, IL
N/A
MLK National Day of Service AmeriCorps Members will take part in a luncheon and a service project for the Midwest Food Bank. Children's Home - Fostering Transitions

Julie Siebert, Natalie Salawage

Phone: 309-687-7440
MLK Luncheon: 1/16/2012
11am - 1:30pm

Service Project: 1/16/11
2pm - 4pm

Civic Center
Peoria, IL
N/A
Stories of Possibility at Mercy Housing Lake Front VOCAL members will plan and lead an afternoon activity for children residing at Mercy Housing Lake Front. The children will be read stories and provided with craft materials to make their own board books. The stories and the craft books will focus on famous civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges. As the children are not in school for the holiday, this will provide supervised care and a learning opportunity for them. VOCAL - Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Jackie Sprinkle

Phone: 312-857-1582
1/16/2012

11am - 3pm

Mercy Housing Lake Front
Chicago, IL
N/A
Stories of Possibility at Children’s Memorial Hospital VOCAL members will plan and lead an afternoon activity for children at the Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago. The children will be read stories and provided with craft materials to make their own board books. The stories and the craft books will focus on famous civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges. This will provide supervised care and a learning opportunity for the children and give their caretakers some time to themselves. VOCAL - Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Jackie Sprinkle

Phone: 312-857-1582
1/16/2012

11am - 3pm

Children's Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL
N/A
MLK Jr. Day peace-able lunch-and-learn at GQ

AmeriCorps of McHenry County Alumni, prospective service applicants, young people and families at the Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center(GQ), V.I.S.T.A. members hosted at Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County and community volunteers will be invited to participate in a lunch-and-learn about messages of tolerance and celebration of diversity hosted at GQ, Jan. 16th, 11:30am-1:30pm. The event will have guided discussion on personal decisions to foster tolerance and cross generational, cross cultural mentoring in the community similar to the Points of Light Sunday Supper projects. AmeriCorps of McHenry County

Elizabeth Bean, Youth Coordinator

Phone: 815-690-5236
1/16/2012

11:30am - 1:30pm

Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center
4508 Garden Quarter Rd, Apt #36
McHenry, IL
N/A
Family Diversity Festival Our Literacy Education for Adults and Families (LEAF) Program will be organizing an event for our clients and their families. Workshops will focus on arts and crafts, food decorating, literacy games, brainstorming and discussion activities. The purpose of this event will be to promote solidarity among our diverse group of clients while having them think of ways they may better serve their community. Asian Human Services

Joanna Moy

Phone: 773-564-4949
1/16/2012

12pm - 2pm

LEAF
2838 W. Peterson
Chicago, IL
N/A
MLK Day of Service at Chatham Fields Lutheran Church The Uniting America fellows and students from the Chicago Public Schools will be volunteering at the Chatham Fields Lutheran Church located at 8050 S. Saint Lawrence Ave in Chicago. Chatham Fields Lutheran Church has been part of the Chatham Community for over 60 years. They have a variety of programs to serve the needs of the community. The two programs that the Uniting America fellows and Chicago Public students will be helping out with are their youth and diaper distribution programs. We will be cleaning their library and youth room. We will also be organizing and distributing diapers to the community. Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights’ Uniting America Program

Militza M. Pagán

Phone: 708-345-3632
1/16/2012

12:30pm - 3:30pm

Chatham Fields Lutheran Church
050 S. Saint Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL
N/A
MLK Service Project at Midwest Mission Distribution Center IPHA AmeriCorps Members will be packing kits, sorting items, and organizing supplies for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center to be sent out to places that have experienced disasters. They are also collecting supplies for those kits. Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps - Rend Lake College

D'Ana Tejerina

Phone: 312-814-8473
1/16/2012

1pm - 4pm
 
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1/17/2012

8:30am - 12pm

Midwest Mission Distribution Center
1022 New City Road
Chatham, IL
N/A
Annual Clean-Up/MLK Day of Service Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps will participate in a community wide clean-up on January 16th from 2 to 4pm in order the beautify the area. Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps - Rend Lake College

William Sutphin

Phone: 618-457-3275
1/16/2012

2pm - 4pm

Carbondale, IL
N/A
3rd Annual “Let Freedom Ring: Rhythm, Soul, and the Dream”

Event Flyer (PDF, 186 KB)
“What would you say to MLK today?” We are sending a piece out to local schools requesting youth to create a blues lyric, poem, story, or picture with this message. For poems, stories and pictures we can display them on the windows at RME's Mojo windows. The activity to bring to the event would be a blues lyric that the bands will put to song with the same message of_ "What would you like to say to MLK today?" Our organization has decided to do this event in order to recognize and celebrate MLK; in addition, the public will also learn about MLK’s influence on the movement of music despite what was going on during that time period and speak briefly about the importance of service and the role that MLK played in giving back. Big Brothers Big Sisters

Chad Driscoll

Phone: 563-323-8006
1/16/2012

2pm - 4:30pm

River Music Experience
129 N. Main Street
Davenport, IA
N/A
Family Literacy Fair Our fifth annual literacy fair will serve youth from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and their families, and will include book reading, hands on literacy activities, and games. Project YES!

Maura Cook

Phone: 773-278-7471 ext. 1142
1/16/2012

3pm - 6pm

Norhtwestern University Settlement House
1012 N Noble St
Chicago, IL
N/A
Empowerment Through Education and Exposure, Green Lungs Program The MLK Day of Service will be used as the first community based workshop Green Lungs puts on in partnership with our Public Ally Team Service Project. The day will include an informative unit in culmination with interactive activities such as an introduction to healthy, nutritional alternatives through a hands-on cooking demonstration. MLK Kickoff will also be an integral part of volunteer and program participant recruitment for the Green Lungs Program, with the eventual goal that fifty youth will receive professional certifications in sustainability, medical, or culinary fields in the communities of East Garfield Park and Austin. Public Allies Chicago

Erica Earnest, CFO, Empowerment Through Education and Exposure

Phone: 773-473-4650
1/16/2012

Austin Town Hall
5610 West Lake St
Chicago, IL
N/A
I Still Have a Dream Elementary School children will decorate book covers for MLK quotes and also display their "My dream is..." on a banner or poster. The local Spill Over Shelter or another shelter/service for individuals will receive assistance in serving food and also visiting with homeless at the shelter. Lutheran Social Services of Illinois - Prisoner Family Ministry

Ramona Linda Veliz Von Berg

Phone: 217-691-4673
1/16/2012

St. Patrick's School
Springfield, IL
N/A
Marion Soup Kitchen Serving lunch to those who need a place to have a good hot fresh cooked meal. Volunteers will help to organize the food pantry items and stock shelves to prepare for distribution. Lutheran Social Services of Illinois - Prisoner Family Ministry

Amanda Hayes

Phone: 618-997-9076
1/16/2012

Marion Soup Kitchen
Marion, IL
N/A
Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Fair The Safe Families AmeriCorps team will put on a Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Fair for the youth in Champaign, IL. Corps members will lead the youth in a variety of activities that teach them about Martin Luther King Jr. and push them to live out his message in their own lives. Safe Families AmeriCorps - American Red Cross

Christopher Schifeling

Phone: 312-729-6154
1/16/2012 - 1/17/2012

Douglass Branch Champaign Public Library
504 East Grove St
Champaign, IL
N/A
Marting Luther King Service Day On January 16, 2012, AmeriCorps Project MORE members and staff and community volunteers are going to eight Chicago homeless shelters to distribute donations and engage parents and children in family and financial literacy activities. Through this initiative, families in shelters are encouraged to be more involved in their child’s literacy development by members and community residents. Simple and easy to do activities are demonstrated, and the accomplishments and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King are highlighted. UIC AmeriCorps Project MORE

Jennifer Jones

Phone: 312-355-4227
1/17/2012

Homless Shelters
Chicago, IL
N/A
LaShawn K Ford’s Health Challenge Our AmeriCorps team will recruit volunteers from State Representative LaShawn K Ford’s 2012 Martin Luther King Health Challenge event to assemble oral health kits that will be donated to Breakthrough Urban Ministries, an outreach organization that provides resources to families and individuals living in poverty on Chicago’s west side. Each oral health kit will contain a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, sugarless gum, and a handmade note created by a volunteer at the event. We are also planning a demonstration that will promote breastfeeding and proper nutrition through an educational game. PCC Community Wellness Center

Richard Henderson

Phone: 708-383-0113 ext. 7343
1/21/2012

9am - 12pm

Christ the King College Preparatory High School
5088 W Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL
N/A

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