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

Below is a list of organizations that received grant awards.



VIP Mentoring $250 Detroit
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
Oakland University $500 Rochester
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
Volunteer Kalamazoo $500 Kalamazoo
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
Total: $8,902


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