Serving with Singleton: Senator announces latest community service effort, his 59th since taking office, will be on MLK Day

State Sen. Troy Singleton gets straight to the point. And he does so by quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“As Dr. King said, ‘Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve … you only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love,'” he said.

The pronouncement was appropriate. Inspired by King, Singleton (D-Moorestown) announced he is once again partnering with Habitat for Humanity of South Central New Jersey for his January community service project.

The “Serve with Sen. Singleton” event will be held Jan. 15, 2024, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore located at 530 Route 38 E. in Maple Shade.

Singleton and a group of volunteers will tackle a variety of tasks to help support the ReStore. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up on the senator’s website here.

“Our ‘Serve with Sen. Singleton’ events have brought people of different backgrounds and ages together to serve, for a common purpose — the community,” he said.

Each month, Singleton crowd-sources a team of volunteers to help with a particular community service project. The event at the ReStore will be his 59th since becoming a state senator in 2018.

Previous volunteer efforts include: indoor and outdoor cleanup days, animal welfare projects, clothing and supply drives, painting projects and community event setup and staffing. To date, more than 2,300 hours have been donated by volunteers to local community service projects.

“This is our sixth time returning to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to hold a Day of Service in honor of Dr. King,” Singleton said. “Habitat’s ongoing mission to help people build an affordable home, or improve their existing home, makes it a worthy partner to kick off our 2024 service events.”

The ReStore is Habitat for Humanity’s home improvement store open to the public that offers new and used items for 50-90% off the retail price. Proceeds from the store go back to the construction of affordable houses in the community.