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2014 MLK Day Mini-Grants Fund Service Projects Across Michigan

The Michigan Community Service Commission, The LEAGUE Michigan, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Campus Compact, and Volunteer Centers of Michigan, with support from the Connect Michigan Alliance Endowment Fund, Corporation for National and Community Service, Sara Ballard Volunteer Fund, and Youth Service America, announced today the distribution of nearly $10,000 in mini-grant funds to support 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service projects across the state in January. Twenty-nine organizations from across Michigan received the funds to coordinate service projects that tackle critical challenges in their communities; including education, supporting veterans and military families, health, environmental stewardship, disaster preparedness, and public safety. Grants range in value from $98 to $500.

“As a result of these funds, 29 MLK Day service projects in Michigan will be supported in critical ways,” said Donna Murray-Brown, President and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association. “The organizations which received them will now be able to afford the necessary supplies and resources to implement service projects that will make a difference in Michigan communities.”

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was initiated by Congress in 1994 and has been developed beyond a federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service. In honor of this special day, thousands of service projects will take place across the country grounded in Dr. King's teachings of nonviolence and social justice. The 2014 MLK Day occurs on Monday, January 20.

“There is no service to big or too small - we encourage everyone to find a way to serve in honor of the 2014 MLK Day,” said Ginna Holmes, Executive Director of the Michigan Community Service Commission. “Several Michigan service projects are seeking volunteers, including some of our mini-grant recipients. If you’re interested in serving, visit www.mlkday.gov or www.volunteermichigan.org to search for opportunities in your area.”The 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service mini-grant funds were made possible thanks to generous support from the ConnectMichigan Alliance Endowment, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Sara A. Ballard Volunteerism Fund, and Youth Service America. The Michigan Community Service Commission, The LEAGUE Michigan, Michigan Campus Compact, Michigan Nonprofit Association, and Volunteer Centers of Michigan are committed to supporting volunteers on national days of service and work collaboratively to program this and other statewide service events.

Thanks to these mini-grants, thousands of Michigan citizens will be engaged as volunteers this January. Mini-grants were awarded to the following organizations:

City

Organization

Mini-Grant Amount

Project Details

Allendale

Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County

$200

Volunteers will help with a home rehab project for a local low-income family on January 18 by assisting with various project such as painting and demolition work.

Carson City

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools

$500

Local middle and high school students will participate in a service-learning lesson about waste and the environment and will create a recycling service club.

Detroit

AmeriCorps Urban Safety Project

$498.02

Community volunteers will join with AmeriCorps members on January 20 to board up and secure 12 vacant and abandoned homes near Cody High School.

Detroit

Detroit Edison Public School Academy

$500

Students at the school will participate in a canned food drive to benefit Gleaners Food Bank and decorate lunch bags that will be filled with food and given to the homeless individuals by Central United Methodist Church.

Engadine

Engadine Middle School

$310

Youth at the school will participate in a service-learning project about hunger. As part of the lesson, students will host a food drive to benefit local seniors and volunteer to assemble food boxes on January 20.

Flint

Baker College of Flint

$250

Volunteers from the campus will create fleece blankets on January 20 which will be donated to ill and traumatized youth.

Flint

Davenport University Flint Campus

$250

Volunteers from the campus will create fleece blankets on January 20 which will be donated to ill and traumatized youth.

Fremont

TrueNorth Community Services

$500

Community volunteers will assemble energy optimization kits on January 20. The kits will be donated to rural low-income families to help reduce their energy bills.

Grand Rapids

Bethany Christian Services

$350

Volunteers will make fleece blankets and joke books on January 18. These items will be donated to sick children at Metro Health Hospital.

Grand Rapids

Blandford Nature Center

$350

A workday will be held on January 20 to help improve the Blandford Nature Center by eradicating invasive species, restoring habitats, rebuilding trails, and more.

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Public Schools

$350

Student volunteers will create and assemble birthday kits for youth that will be given to a local homeless shelter.

Grand Rapids

Grand Valley State University

$500

Volunteers will “Craft for the Community” on January 20 by upcycling items into usable donations such as gloves, sleeping mats and more. Items will be donated to local nonprofits and shelters.

Grand Rapids

Northview Public Schools

$98.26

School volunteers will give their time on January 20 at Kids Food Basket to help sack and prepare meals for local youth facing hunger.

Hamtramck

Piast Institute

$200

Volunteers will come together on January 20 to prepare and host a meal for local veterans and their families.

Hastings

Barry County United Way & Volunteer Center

$200

Community members will create personal care packages on January 20, with items donated during a city-wide personal item drive January 1 through 17.

Holland

Davenport University Holland Campus

$200

On January 20, volunteers will help to refurbish the apartments, living quarters, and stairwells at the local homeless shelter.

Ionia

Ionia County Intermediate School District

$350

Volunteers will join together on January 17 to paint a mural at the facility hosting a local feeding program.

Kalamazoo

Volunteer Kalamazoo

$500

A city-wide community volunteer event will be held on January 20. Volunteers can participate in a variety of service projects at 15 different locations.

Lake Orion

Provide, Inc.

$350

Volunteers will give their time on January 18 to pack an estimated 10,000 meals that will be given to Kids Against Hunger.

Lansing

Allen Neighborhood Center

$200

Community volunteers will build and assemble Garden-in-a-Box kits on January 20. The kits will be given to local low-income residents to help them grow their own nutritious food.

Livonia

Madonna University

$500

Students will volunteer their time during the week of January 15-20 to support several projects including: cleaning up the local neighborhood center, writing letters to troops, making fleece blankets, and more.

Rochester Hills

Oakland University

$350

Campus volunteers will serve at one of two locations on January 18: a shelter for victims of domestic violence or a local soup kitchen.

Saginaw

Davenport University Saginaw Campus

$250

Volunteers from the campus will create fleece blankets on January 20 which will be donated to local homeless shelters.

Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Area High School

$350

Youth at the school will participate in a service-learning project about hunger and homelessness. As part of the lesson, students will host a food drive, create fleece blankets, assemble food and house warming kits and more. All of these items will be donated to a local homeless program that serves youth.

Sault Ste. Marie

United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula

$200

Volunteers will assemble and deliver food boxes on January 20 to support local low-income seniors.

South Haven

Lake Michigan College – South Haven Campus

$500

Students and community volunteers will package bulk rice into small personal bags for distribution by the local food pantry on January 20.

Sparta

Ridgeview Elementary School

$500

Students will prepare individual packages of trail mix and popcorn to be distributed to community youth who suffer from hunger. Students will also create ceramic bowls which will be donated to a benefit supper that supports hunger programs.

Sparta

Ridgeview Elementary School

$268.24

Youth from the school will volunteer their time at Kids Food Basket to help package sack meals for local youth facing hunger.

Warren

Davenport University Warren Campus

$200

Campus and community volunteers will host a personal items drive benefitting local homeless veterans. On January 20, volunteers will assemble and package the kits.

 

 

TOTAL: $9,774.52

 

Additional information about the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service can be found at www.michigan.gov/mcsc or www.mlkday.gov.

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BACKGROUND:

The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) utilizes service as a strategy to address the state's most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities. In 2013-2014, the MCSC is granting more than $7 million in federal funds to local communities for volunteer programs and activities. The MCSC is funding 23 AmeriCorps programs and five Volunteer Michigan grantees. The Governor’s Service Awards and Mentor Michigan are also premier programs of the MCSC. The MCSC is housed in the Michigan Department of Human Services, whose mission is to assist children, families, and vulnerable adults to be safe, stable, and self-supporting. The Corporation for National and Community Service grants the federal funding the MCSC administers.

Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) serves nonprofits to advance their missions. With more than 800 members, MNA serves as a statewide network for the sector, a resource center on effective management practices, and as an advocate for the nonprofit community. For more information, visit www.MNAonline.org.

Michigan Campus Compact promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college and university students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement. For more information, please visit www.micampuscompact.org.

The LEAGUE Michigan is a program for service, service-learning and philanthropy education that builds character and empowers young people to “do good” in their community, the nation and the world. For more information, visit http://www.mnaonline.org/league.aspx.

The Volunteer Centers of Michigan strengthens, develops and connects Volunteer Centers throughout the state. Our goal is to ensure that all volunteer centers have the capacity to positively impact every Michigan community and their citizens through volunteerism. We believe that volunteer centers play a leadership role in mobilizing people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community problems. For more information, visit www.mivolunteers.org.

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