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Flossmoor seeks projects and volunteers for MLK Day of Service

Volunteers — including U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly — make
fleece blankets at last year’s Village of Flossmoor Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Day of Service event. This year’s volunteer service
event is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15. (Provided photos)

For nearly a decade, the Village of Flossmoor has been sponsoring its Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event as a way to coordinate hundreds of volunteers to help with a variety of non-profit service projects to make this “day off” a “day on.” 

As Flossmoor approaches its 100th birthday in 2024, the Flossmoor Community Relations Commission would like to challenge individuals and non-profit organizations to make this day — Monday, Jan. 15 — the biggest Day of Service yet in the Village. 

Currently scheduled projects in need of volunteers include: 

  • Donating blood at Irwin Community Center, 18120 S. Highland Ave., Homewood, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., organized by Chi Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. 
  • Assembling care packages and accepting donations for Prairie State College’s TRIO program at Western Avenue Elementary School, 940 Western Ave., Flossmoor, organized by Jack and Jill Monarch Cities Chapter. 
  • Picking up litter at Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15981 Paxton Ave., South Holland, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Making lunches for South Suburban PADS and tie blankets for Project Kennedy at Heather Hill Elementary School, 1439 Lawrence Crescent, Flossmoor, from 10 a.m. to noon, organized by You Matter 2. 
  • Organizing food items and making blankets at Spotlight Performance Academy, 18022 Dixie Highway, Homewood, from 9 a.m. to noon. 
  • Reading with the Homewood-Flossmoor High School wrestling teams at the H-F Fieldhouse on Governors Highway from 10 a.m. to noon. Donated children’s books are also needed. 
Members of Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s Wrestling team enjoy
reading with elementary students at last year’s Village of Flossmoor
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event. This year’s volunteer
service event is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15.

“We currently have a dozen registered service projects and would like to double  — or triple — that number,” said Stephanie Wright, Flossmoor community engagement manager. “The collaborative nature of service projects, especially in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., provides a unique opportunity for team building, as people work together towards a common goal and share in the experience of completing a task together.”  

In addition to active service projects, donation boxes will be available at Flossmoor Village Hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road, beginning Dec. 1 for the following projects: 

  • Girl Scout Troop 65152 is requesting new socks, gloves and scarves to donate to women, men and children through Respond Now.  
  • Jack and Jill of America Inc.’s South Suburban Chapter will be collecting non-perishable food items for its Souper Bowl of Caring to benefit the Bloom Township Community Pantry. 
  • Plan4Success is asking for donations of packaged, store-bought baked goods for local service agencies that serve our community, such as teachers and first responders throughout the South Suburbs. 

For more information, to share an idea, to sign up for or to host a service project, visit the village’s Day of Service page or call 708-335-5472. 

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