Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve… You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
—Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK Jr. Day, a national day of service, is an invitation to commit ourselves to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his leadership in America. As we enter a new year in a world increasingly in need of repair, please consider volunteering for our community.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone who participated in our MLK Jr. Day of Service!
Did you take pictures of yourself or your family volunteering? We’d love to see them! Tag the photo using #PJCCCountMeIn on social media.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you may also want to dedicate some time to learning more about the Civil Rights Movement. You’ll find a select list of resources that we’ve found meaningful and informative on our Count Me In page.
Foster City Clean-Up
For All Ages | Environment
Note: This will take place on Sunday, January 17 from 10:00-11:00 am
Join your neighbors and help clean up a Foster City neighborhood on Sunday, January 17. We’ll be working in the parking lot of 100 Grand Lane, near IHOP and Carls Jr. in Foster City.
For more information, please visit the Foster City Team-up & Clean-up Facebook Group. Please provide your own bags, pickers, and gloves.
Sack Lunches for LifeMoves Shelter
For All Ages | Homelessness
This opportunity is now full. Thank you for your interest!
Looking for a way your family can contribute on MLK Jr.’s Day of Service? Help prepare a meal for LifeMoves, located in San Mateo, an organization that is dedicated to finding solutions to homelessness via shelter, case management, and community outreach programs.
We will be feeding 140 people at the site. We are seeking 12 individuals/families to volunteer and prepare bagged lunches for a dozen people. Each lunch bag must include a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a bag of carrots, a piece of fruit, a bag of chips, and a couple of cookies.
Please drop it off at their site on Monday, January 18 at 12:00 pm. A staff person will be there to greet you and take your items out of the car.
Participation limited to 12 families/individuals. Registration is now full.
No-Sew Blankets for Project Linus
For Families with School-Age Children | Children
Make no-sew blankets for the Project Linus. Project Linus’s mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade, and washable blankets.
Supplies you will need:
Comfort Kits for Ronald McDonald House
For Families with School-Age Children | Families
Help make comfort kits for families at the Ronald McDonald House. Take a large Ziploc bag and include the following in travel-size containers:
Cards for Meals on Wheels Recipients
For Families with School-Age Children | Aging
Write a card of hope or a drawing full of happiness to those who receive food with Meals on Wheels. Many of these people are homebound and this will bring a smile to their faces!
Be creative! Use markers, stickers, foam pieces, anything bright and cheery.
Blanket/Towel Drive for Peninsula Humane Society (And Consider Making Cat Toys!)
For Families with School-Age Children | Animals
During the pandemic, maybe you finally cleaned out your linen closet. Don’t know what to do with your old towels or blankets? The Peninsula Humane Society would love them for their furry friends.
Plus, they’d love some toys for their feline friends! Look at their suggestions:
Soul to Soul Concert
Monday, January 18 • 1:00-2:00 pm Pacific • $12
Peninsula JCC, in partnership with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and the JCC Association of America proudly presents: Soul to Soul – a concert depicting the historical journeys, and shared cultural legacy of the African American and American Jewish communities. Presented in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Ticket purchase includes a link to stream the concert, which will be unlocked beginning on January 18 with access for 7 days.