2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Challenge Grant Recipients
560 Campus and Community Volunteers
2,429 Volunteer Hours
Three Oklahoma Campus Compact (OkCC) members utilized grant funding by the Corporation for National and Community Service through the Wisconsin Campus Compact to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Jan. 21, 2013. The grant funds are matched with cash and in-kind services and donations.
The grant program makes seed money available to mobilize college students, faculty, staff and community volunteers to complete service projects throughout college communities as a part of a national effort to honor the life of Dr. 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
More than 400 campus and community volunteers from Cameron University served 24 different projects at 33 different sites. The project incorporated a citywide supply drive for eight different local United Way agencies, ultimately garnering donations from 250 sources. Volunteers served from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., with several sites working longer to finish the projects. Efforts extended beyond Lawton into the Cache community and served schools, an animal clinic, the food bank, churches, bike trails, senior citizen centers, shelters, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, Oklahoma Blood Institute, the public library, the housing authority youth community center and many more needs.
Rogers State University
The volunteers at Rogers State University began the MLK Day of Service with the announcement of winners of an art and poetry contest for its students with MLK as the theme, a reading of the winning poem, vocal music performances, and a reading of a compilation of some of Dr. King’s speeches. The partner list for RSU’s volunteers included youth services, child advocacy, the equestrian center project, food pantry and veterans center. The RSU volunteers also conducted a food drive. A reception for the volunteers ended the day.
University of Central Oklahoma
The volunteers at the University of Central Oklahoma worked at four different sites in the Oklahoma City and Edmond communities. The sites with partner agencies where volunteers provided valuable hours of service were the food bank, Infant Crisis Center, Hope Center, and the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation Teacher’s Warehouse.