Volunteer Center of Burlington County to offer Martin Luther King Day community service activities

Burlington County residents of all ages are invited to stop by the Burlington County Library to participate.

The Volunteer Center of Burlington County is once again collaborating with Burlington County Library by once again offering residents of all ages to commemorate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 16, through community service.

Burlington County residents of all ages are invited to stop by the Burlington County Library Main Branch, 5 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., to participate in several community service activities.

“The theme of making MLK Day ‘A Day On, Not A Day Off’ resonates across the Country,” said Volunteer Center President Kim Mattson. “Even the smallest community service deeds can make a difference.”

Activities and donation opportunities include:

– Food Collection for the Oaks Integrated Food Pantry — Mount Holly:

Serving Burlington County residents in need, the Pantry gladly accepts food donations which include peanut butter and jelly, breakfast items such as oatmeal and cereal, kid friendly snacks such as granola bars, canned meat/fish, microwaveable foods such as macaroni and cheese or ravioli, and canned fruits and vegetables.

Animal Supplies Collection for Burlington County Animal Shelter:

Caring for animals can require a lot of time, love, money, and supplies. Here is the Shelter’s “Wish List,” to help with the day-to-day care of animals and support its operational needs: flea and tick treatment, canned dog food, high efficiency laundry detergent, dry dog food, towels, blankets, sheets, dog treats , pillow cases, wash rags, dog toys (especially plastic/rubber), antibacterial hand soap/hand sanitizer, canned cat food , paper towels dry cat food, brooms, scrub bushes, cat toys (plastic), fabric softener sheets , cat litter (non-clumping), bleach and plug in room freshener.

Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey

Operation Yellow Ribbon supports United States Military Forces serving in the Middle East including Iraq, Afghanistan, as well as those supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. Items requested and appreciated include:

snack cakes, protein/energy bars, protein powder, girl scout cookies, energy drink products, liquid water enhancer, bagged tuna and chicken, chewing gum/hard candy,etc, dry roasted peanuts/mixed nuts, potato chips in cylinder or can, dried fruit, beef jerky, baby powder, baby wipes, visine or saline eye drops, lip balm, light drink mix individual packets, powdered drink mix, puffs/kleenex, hand sanitizer, puzzle or crossword books, batteries (aa, aaa, c, d), hand held electronic games: poker, bingo, etc., foot powder, sunscreen, skittles, swedish fish ,twizzlers, breakfast bars, beef jerky, ground coffee, tea and pumpkin seeds.

Specialty items for women include: shampoo and conditioner, moisturizing bath soap, ladies deodorant, body lotion, emery boards, small hand mirrors, shower sponges/loofahs, body wash, q-tips, feminie hygiene products

– Card Making

With supplies provided by the library, youngsters can craft greeting cards to distribute to care facility residents in Burlington County, to brighten a room and day for the county’s older neighbors.

Volunteer Opportunities Fair

Once again, several organizations will be on hand to provided information regarding their respective volunteer opportunities

– “Like” Volunteer Center Facebook Page Drive:

The Volunteer Center Facebook Page now has nearly 900 “ Likes” from ambassadors for volunteer/community service. Between now and MLK Day the goal is to surpass 1,000 “Likes.”

Folks can like the center at www.facebook.com/VolunteerCenterBurlingtonCounty or sign-on at the Center 11th Annual MLK Day Challenge.

If a group, business, place of worship or school is conducting a community service project in honor of Dr. King on or about MLK Day, notify the Volunteer Center at volcenter@hotmail.com.

For more information call the Volunteer Center at (609) 894–9311, Ext. 1492. email volcenter@hotmail.com.