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August 4, 2009 - Oklahoma Campus Compact Receives Grant to Promote the MLK Day of Service

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Oklahoma Campus Compact recently received $2,500 from North Carolina Campus Compact to promote the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2010 on Jan. 18.

The MLK Day of Service grants honor the memory of Dr. King by making the national holiday a day of service. Recipients will build projects that are dynamic and relevant by combining meaningful service, thoughtful reflection, education on the life and work of King, and opportunities for sustained service and ongoing community involvement.

MLK Day is traditionally observed nationwide as a day of service, with many of the campuses in Oklahoma choosing to participate by conducting service projects. The MLK Day of Service has become one of three times of the year in which many national organizations promote the opportunity to give back. The other two are 9/11 and AmeriCorps Week in May.

OkCC is one of 13 state Campus Compact offices to receive the subgrant. OkCC's participation in 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.

As a lead agency for the 2009 MLK Day of Service, NC Campus Compact mobilized 16,511 volunteers nationwide representing 147 campuses across 28 states, plus the District of Columbia, to volunteer in honor of King.

Typical service projects revolve around work with community agencies. Many of the campuses promote and participate in MLK Day activities, regardless of any funding. This year, with the availability of grant funds, OkCC hopes to draw more attention to the event to increase participation statewide.

Campus Compact is a coalition of colleges and universities that develops college students’ awareness and skills in civic responsibility through service learning, community service and civic engagement. Thirty-four states have Campus Compact offices. OkCC was formed in 2000 and currently has 33 participating public and private colleges and universities.