“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hundreds of local Jewish volunteers are expected to turn out this Sunday and Monday, Jan. 17-18, for Jewish Volunteer Connection’s annual “Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Service.”

Volunteers will have opportunities to engage virtually in educational experiences and myriad service projects, as well as socially distanced volunteer projects around the community. “By exploring service and racial justice through a Jewish lens, each participant will grow and connect in ways that will carry beyond this national day of service,” JVC stated on its website.

Volunteer opportunities — available for all ages, abilities, schedules and comfort levels — will include projects from home, volunteering in person at various sites around the Baltimore metropolitan area, and online social justice learning and service project gatherings.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is shown here preaching from his pulpit in 1960 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. (Dozier Mobley/Getty Images via JTA)

JVC is featuring “Live With Purpose” projects as part of the “MLK Jr. Days of Service.” They include making no-sew fleece blankets to help children and families stay warm this winter; notes of encouragement to be served with students’ meals by the Baltimore Hunger Project; and laundry kits for The Baltimore Station, a therapeutic residential and outpatient treatment program supporting veterans who are overcoming obstacles to regain self-sufficiency.

Last year, more than 400 volunteers participated in the “MLK Jr. Day of Service.”

JVC is a program of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore. “MLK Jr. Days of Service” is co-sponsored by Jmore and Brown Advisory.

For information about “MLK Days of Service,” visit jvcbaltimore.org/annualevents/mlk-day-of-service/.