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Here’s How to Support Local Communities this MLK Day


Every year, millions around the country come together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day a service to the community in honor of the life and work of one of the country’s foremost civil rights icons. In 2021, given the ongoing pandemic, the community service projects held on MLK Day will certainly look and feel a bit different—but that doesn’t mean they’re any less important. There are still many worthwhile projects right near your Crane Chinatown apartment—and some that you can do right from home!—so you can safely give back to those in need.

One such cause is the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. With the headquarters just one mile from your Crane Chinatown apartment and several other locations throughout the city, the organization is one of the region’s largest animal rescue organizations. These winter months—especially with so many locals suffering from financial hardships during the pandemic—animals are at particular risk of neglect and abuse, making PAWS’ work all the more vital.

Much of PAWS’ programs are driven by volunteers—and there are plenty of ways to give back to the organization, even during the pandemic. At its nearby Adoption Center in Old City, volunteers are needed—especially in the early mornings and evenings—to care for the pets awaiting adoption there, which is usually two dogs and up to 30 cats. In Grays Ferry, PAWS runs a wellness clinic, where volunteers provide care for the 80 cats and 15 rescue dogs, as well as help with cleaning and administrative tasks. Its two Cat Habitat locations in South Philadelphia are also a great place for volunteers who love cats, as PAWS is looking for help providing daily care for the animals and assisting adopters.

This Martin Luther King Day, take the opportunity to check out this or other local volunteer-driven organizations—every act, no matter how small, can give back to the community in a big way!

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society

100 N. Second St.

Philadelphia, PA 19106