Scotch Plains Fanwood
Martin Luther King 
Day of Service

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Virtual Martin Luther King Day of Service


Held at the height of the pandemic, over 550 Scotch Plains/Fanwood families filled over 1600 virtual volunteer slots and joined together to live the vision of Dr. King. 

Together we:

delivered over 100 meals to seniors and vets
baked 40+ dozen brownies
collected and knitted 100's of hats and mittens for kids in need
created hundreds of Valentine's for seniors and vets
filled carloads of toiletries for families in need
covered our towns with over 50 hand-painted kindness rocks
joined with over 250 others learning about the legacy of Dr. King and how to make our world more whole, just and compassionate.

    View pictures from the day on our Facebook page 

    View our Virtual Opening Program here

    Martin Luther King Day of Service 2010

    The first annual SP/F Martin Luther King Day of Service was held in 2010.    Over 500 individuals gathered at the Jewish Community Center of Central NJ to volunteer as part of Scotch Plains-Fanwood's 1st annual MLK Day of Service. The day started with an opening ceremony that featured speeches by Sen. Tom Kean (R-Westfield), Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union), Scotch Plains Mayor Nancy Malool and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. Participants then dispersed to serve at approximately 35 project sites.

    "Martin Luther King taught us that we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny, whatever effects one directly, affects all of us indirectly," MLK Day chair Michelle Abraham told the crowd gathered for the opening ceremony. "Well over 1,000 people will be touched by the work we do today."

    Volunteer opportunities varied greatly depending on interest and need. Children activities included baking apple pies and making flower pots for seniors; decoraing Valentine cards for troops; and helping make sandwiches for the hungry. Adults recorded the stories of seniors; donated blood; sorted recycling; cleaned the Fanwood Nature Center and more.

    "I think the outpouring of compassion, people coming together, is because we understand our humanity is shared," Assemblywoman Linda Stender said at the event.

    Children started the morning off by gathering to decorate signs representing the words "community," "compassion," "healing," "equality," "courage" and "respect."

    "We thought of love and holding hands and helping each other because Martin Luther King had lots of compassion to stop segregation and bring the world together, and everyone here is compassionate for helping out and helping the community," one of the children said while presenting the "Compassion" poster to the crowd. (article by Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington from 

    Since that first year the Scotch Plains Fanwood MLK Day of Service has grown to have over 1000 volunteers each year and includes 20-30 activities.  It has become an important part of our community calendar and reflects the belief that our community has that "all can be great - all can serve."  

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