Mitzvah Circle Helps Provide For Families in Need

January 20 marked another eventful MLK Day of Service at Perkiomen Valley. Junior Ethan Slavish volunteered at the Mitzvah Circle Foundation in Harleysville, where he helped lead groups who packed clothing for families in need. 

The volunteers started by analyzing a family’s needs and collecting clothing for their requested sizes. They then packaged eight items of clothing for each person as well as toiletries and other needs. These would later be distributed throughout the local area. Slavish, a teen ambassador for the organization, helped lead these groups and take inventory. 

“Mitzvah Circle Foundation supports individuals and families experiencing poverty, homelessness, and serious illness. We provide personalized packages containing items that are not covered by government assistance,” Carly Dougherty, volunteer coordinator, said.

The Mitzvah Circle works to provide families with personalized packages that government assistance cannot provide. Doing so helps children attend daycare because they now have diapers and clothing, and parents can seek employment with proper attire as well. 

Junior Ethan Slavish talks with Rachel Hurley, Senior Program Manager for the Mitzvah Circle Foundation.

The volunteers who help out at Mitzvah Circle are able to help fulfill the needs of many families, mainly focused in Montgomery County but ranging from Reading to Philadelphia.

“The biggest reward of the day was being able to provide everything requested for a family of eight. I am so glad that we were able to help such a large family,” college senior and volunteer Lauren B. said.

Slavish helped make an impact on our local community this past MLK Day of Service. The Mitzvah Circle Foundation accepts volunteers year-round, not just on this day. You can visit their website,, for more information.