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About Global Citizen

Global Citizen is a non-profit organization dedicated to civic engagement among diverse groups through volunteering, education, community building, service learning, economic opportunity, leadership development and dialogue. Global Citizen brings together people of all ages and backgrounds through active citizenship and civic responsibility that result in breaking down barriers, building understanding, and fostering ongoing, diverse partnerships. Global Citizen Programs include the annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service and Year-Round Volunteering Program. Issues of focus include poverty, homelessness, at-risk young people, race relations, public health, safety, digital inclusion, veterans, energy and the environment.

Global Citizen year-round program promotes sustainable civic engagement and volunteer opportunities. It includes:

  • Year Round Volunteer Program
  • Neighbors in Action Community Leadership Workshops
  • Quarterly Discussions on Race, Class, and Power
  • Read by 4th Community Mobilization
  • Vello - Virtual Literacy Mentoring
  • Annual School Supplies Drive

We are a small organization, but our impact is widespread. The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is the oldest and largest King Day of Service event in the country, engaging over 100,000 volunteers each year. In the past, we’ve hosted events with Vice President Joe Biden, Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, and Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year, this holiday is observed on the third Monday of January.

Across the region in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, Global Citizen unites nonprofits, communities of faith, educational institutions, concerned citizens, and many others around the annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, the oldest and largest King Day initiative in the country.

Using this volunteer portal, Global Citizen allows anyone interested in registering King Day activity in the tri-state region and provides volunteer management and promotional tools to all participating organizations. Interested volunteers can visit the site and find and register for opportunities that they are interested in participating in as part of the King Day of Service. To register your organization, please become a partner.

Global Citizen Year Round Volunteer Program

Global Citizen promotes sustainable civic engagement and volunteer opportunities year-round. The organizations Year Round Volunteering Program was formally kicked off on January 19, 2009 as part of our 14th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. Using the King Day of Service as a springboard, we have continued to work with our partners to encourage year-round civic engagement and ongoing volunteer opportunities. Community issues of focus include literacy, homelessness, poverty, sub-standard housing, the environment, healthcare and social justice.We embrace Dr. King's legacy of non-violence, social justice, equality and excellence to support a mix of on-going custom volunteer programs and specialized individual events throughout the year. Fill out this form to start volunteering with us.

About HandsOn Connect

HandsOn Connect is the software that powers this website.

HandsOn Connect provides a link for individuals, families, teams, and corporate groups to join together and engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities.

We strive to promote volunteerism and get people involved in their communities. HandsOn Connect does this in partnership with other organizations so we are working together to bring about long-lasting change in our communities. From motivating children to discover and learn, to serving hot meals to low income families, to caring for the environment, to large scale transformational projects, HandsOn Connect is responding to critical needs.

HandsOn Connect provides screened and supervised activities that serve to build capacity within nonprofit, faith-based, and public organizations. We're about empowering people to make change. Join us…be part of the change!

Our Mission

HandsOn Connect is a technology working to improve lives and build a stronger, healthier and safer community. Our goal is to meet critical community needs by engaging people with volunteer opportunities in collaboration with others.

Our Values

  • The community and people we serve are our top priority
  • The services we provide reflect honesty and integrity
  • We promote diversity and believe that serving together creates opportunities for people to appreciate the differences of others
  • Through teamwork we can achieve tangible results and effectively address community needs
  • We value every individual’s capacity to make a difference and bring lasting change

Our Goals

  • To promote and expand opportunities for voluntary service throughout our community
  • To provide and support innovative leadership training
  • To effectively gather volunteers in emergency relief situations
  • To address important community needs by concentrating resources into engaging, well-planned, and meaningful community service projects

Sign up today!

Click on Sign-Up / Registration to create your account on this site. After registering, you'll be able to search and sign up for Volunteer Opportunities.


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