LANSING – Thousands of volunteers throughout Michigan on Monday will devote themselves to service on behalf of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the day of service named in his honor. These residents will make this national holiday a “day on, not a day off” as they look to reaffirm King’s teachings of nonviolence and social justice.
The Michigan Community Service Commission is helping fund 29 MLK Day of Service projects across the state with $8,902. The projects will take place Jan. 15 to 24 and will tackle critical issues such as health, education, economic opportunity, supporting veterans and military families, public safety, disaster preparedness, hunger and homelessness and clean energy and environmental stewardship.
“Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve,'” said MCSC executive director Ginna Holmes. “We hope the annual MLK Day of Service will inspire Michigan residents to engage in volunteerism to make a difference in their communities.”
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created by Congress in 1994 and has grown beyond a federal holiday honoring King into a national day of community service. Each year, participants in service projects across the country share King’s message of serving others. To encourage this important movement throughout the state, Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed Jan. 18 to be the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Michigan.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the MLK Day of Service and all types of service are accepted. The MCSC encourages individuals and organizations to search for opportunities in their community by visiting the official MLK Day website at www.MLKDay.gov.
Below is a list of organizations that received grant awards.
|Northern Michigan University Volunteer Center||$250||Marquette|
Orchard View Head Start
|TrueNorth Community Services||$250||Fremont|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters MCR/ Peckham Inc.||
|AmeriCorps Urban Safety Project||
|Eastern Michigan University, VISION Volunteer Center||$500||Ypsilanti|
|United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula||$250||Sault Ste. Marie|
|Carson City-Crystal Area Schools||$250||Carson City|
|Heart of West Michigan United Way||$250||Grand Rapids|
|Northwestern Michigan Community Action Agency||$250||Traverse City|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit||$250||Detroit|
|Barry County United Way & Volunteer Center||$250||Hastings|
|Allen Neighborhood Center||$250||Lansing|
|Baker College of Flint||$500||
|The Little Forks Conservancy||$250||
|Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency – RSVP||$250||Alpena|
|Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning||$100||Ann Arbor|
|All Hands Volunteers||$250||Detroit|
|Loyola High School of Detroit||$500||
|Service, Employment and Redevelopment Metro- Detroit||$250||Detroit|
|South Oakland Shelter||$100||Lathrup Village|
|Bethany Christian Services||$250||Grand Rapids|
|National Network for Arab American Communities-Access||$452||
|Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County||$250||Adrian|
|Housing Services Mid-Michigan||$250||
|Youth Energy Squad (YES)||$250||Detroit|
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