2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Challenge Grant Recipients
750 Campus and Community Volunteers
2,600 Volunteer Hours
Five Oklahoma Campus Compact (OkCC) members organized and implemented projects on or around the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 18, 2010, with $500 grants funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service through North Carolina Campus Compact and OkCC. OkCC was one of 12 state Campus Compacts to receive part of the $40,000 grant administered by NC Campus Compact. Other Campus Compact grantees were Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Each state disseminated smaller mini-grants to mobilize a total of 83 member campuses. It is estimated that NC Campus Compact mobilized more than 16,000 students throughout the nation through the entire grant.
The grant program makes seed money available to mobilize more college students, faculty, staff and community volunteers to complete service projects throughout the state as part of a national effort to honor the life of King by reminding all Americans of their civic duty to serve and by helping members of the community work together to solve common problems.
Oklahoma MLK Jr. Grant Campuses
Cameron University utilized the MLK Challenge Model to plan and create a list of projects and match volunteers to projects based on interests and abilities. Sites that benefitted included the Salvation Army Thrift Store, Animal Birth Control Clinic, J. Roy Dunning Children's Shelter, Armed Forces YMCA, Lawton Food Bank and Warehouse, Habitat for Humanity, H.C. King Community Center, a hospice, a Salvation Army facility, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Center for Creative Living, a wildlife refuge and a project to paint fire hydrants on campus.
Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College
Sites benefitted: City of Miami and Community Crisis Shelters in Ottawa and Delaware Counties
Northeastern State University
Sites benefitted: Cherokee Nation Child Development Center, Go Ye Village Retirement Home and Habitat for Humanity
Northern Oklahoma College
Residences of low-income families were supplied with smoke alarms, batteries and energy-efficient light bulbs. Small repairs were made to homes of low-income families, Santa Fe Depot and Wheatheart Nutrition Center. Books were donated Tonkawa Elementary Schools and read in 20 classrooms.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
The project connected students globally through Skype with 300 students in Gabon, Africa, for a discussion on the meaning and lessons of MLK Jr. Local sites benefitted: Durant Public Schools, Victory Life Food Bank and Wesley Center.
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