"Service projects will take place all over the city that day," city Managing Director Richard Negrin said. "The entire city is mobilized."
Girard College, where King spoke in 1965 in support of integrating the then-white-only school, will host many Day of Service's projects, including one in which preselected 150 Philadelphia Housing Authority residents will receive Netbooks and continued computer training.
Another project is a jobs fair for 500 local residents featuring opportunities at about 20 employers, said Todd Bernstein, who helped found the Day of Service.
"These are real jobs, not just a fancy display with interviews," Bernstein said.
On Wednesday, Negrin presented the Harris Wofford Active Citizenship Award to Lorraine Ballard Morrill, director of news and community affairs for Clear Channel's six Philly radio stations and a community activist.
"She has used her media platform to raise public awareness and encourage people throughout the region to honor Dr. King through citizen action," Negrin said.
The award is named after the former Pennsylvania senator who in 1994 helped create the Day of Service.
Those interested in volunteering on Jan. 21 can still sign up at MLKdayofservice.org
Interstate General Media, which owns the Daily News, is a sponsor of the local Day of Service.
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