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History of MLK Day as a Day of Service


Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors the life and memory of the civil rights leader, first observed in 1986 after legislation was passed making it a national holiday in 1983. The national holiday gives kids a day off from school, banks close, and many businesses shut their doors in remembrance. In 1994, however, the holiday became much more than a day off when congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act. “The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service,” writes the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. “It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.” 

If you want to learn even more about the process of turning this national holiday into a day of service, read President Clinton’s reflections on signing the King Holiday and Service Act here.

Since 1994, the day of service initiative has grown and participation has increased as non-profits, corporations, and other organizations rally on the third Monday of January to give back to their community. We’d love to hear from people who are using this holiday as a day of service. How are you giving back this year and honor the memory of MLK? Share your story on our Facebook page!

Celebrating 25 Years

Event date: January 1st

Please stay tuned as we celebrate our 25th anniversary throughout the year!

2018 marks the 25th year of Interfaith Housing serving families in Chester County. What started as a small group of dedicated people helping West Chester moms and dads has grown to serve working single parents throughout the county. In 25 years, Interfaith Housing has helped hundreds of families. 

 

Interfaith Housing Receives Grant from Wells Fargo’s Community Connections Program

Interfaith Housing recently received a generous grant of $1,000 from Wells Fargo through the company’s Community Connections Program. The Wells Fargo Community Connections Program is an annual program where each of its retail banking branches explores the needs of their local communities and selects a nonprofit organization or school to receive a $1000 grant. This year, Wells Fargo will award more than $300,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware. 

The grants are part of the company’s broader support of its communities. In 2016, Wells Faro and its team members invested more than $9.1 million in nonprofit organizations and schools and team members volunteers more than 31,000 hours across Pennsylvania and Delaware.

“At Wells Fargo, we know that small acts can yield huge results and we are committed to supporting programs and organizations that we believe are important to the future of our communities vitality and success,” said Lauren Tobiassen, Wells Fargo Delaware Valley Region Bank President. “So we are proud to support Interfaith Housing with this grant.”

Interfaith Housing Executive Director Joyce Lacy attended the event to accept the award on behalf of the agency.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday With Interfaith Housing


Five years ago, two organizations joined forces to create #GivingTuesday as a way for individuals and organizations like Interfaith Housing to demonstrate the power of genorosity and give back through volunteering, donating, and activism. Last year, #GivingTuesday raised $177 million and generated countless acts of kindness. You can read more here

Help us continue our mission
Donate to Interfaith Housing for #GivingTuesday

Please join us in celebrating #GivingTuesday by giving back however you can whether it’s donating to an organization of your choice, volunteering, writing to Congress, or whatever way you see fit. And share your #GivingTuesday efforts with us on social media! You can find us on Facebook and Twitter

Your support this holiday season will help us continue our mission helping single working parents like “Dee.” Dee is pursuing her passion as a hair stylist but struggles to maintain consistent hours in such a competitive industry. She moved into a new apartment this summer and is doing everything she can to keep her family safe. 

Or “Denise” a recent graduate of our program who works tirelessly to improve her employment situation by driving for Uber after hours and pursuing her real estate license, all while working full-time. Because of her hard work, she was able to stay in Phoenixville and keep her kids in the high school they love despite the rising cost of rent.