By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in Philadelphia is less than a month away. The day will include a new component to help the unemployed.

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On January 16th, more than 75,000 volunteers are expected to participate in nearly 1,200 service projects throughout the Delaware Valley.

“In order to solve some of our most pressing problems, we can’t depend on government or the private sector. Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service Founder Todd Bernstein said. “But each of us [must] be responsible and harness all available resources, including government and including the private sector.”

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And this year, for the first time, the day will include a job fair with more than 20 employers.

“It is important because of the economic time and struggle for families, but also it’s so in keeping with the person that Dr. King was.”

If you have a service project or would like to volunteer, now is the time to sign up. Go to or call 215-665-2475.

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