MCSC to Fund 25 Global Youth Service Day Projects

Youth Volunteer Erin

The Michigan Community Service Commission recently announced the distribution of $7,700 in mini-grant funds to support 2016 Global Youth Service Day projects across the state.

Global Youth Service Day is an annual volunteer event that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day through service and service-learning.

MCSC with support from the Michigan Nonprofit Association and Youth Service America, will fund 25 GYSD projects with grants ranging from $200 to $500. Nearly 2,000 youth volunteers will complete close to 10,000 volunteer hours during projects taking place on or around April 15, 16, and 17.

“Engaging youth in volunteerism is an incredibly rewarding experience for everyone involved,” said Ginna Holmes, MCSC Executive Director. “We are proud to support these projects and assist youth in making a difference in their communities.”

Established in 1988 by Youth Service America, GYSD is the largest service event in the world and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries. On GYSD, children and youth address the world's most critical issues in partnership with families, schools, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, and governments.

Thanks to these mini-grants, thousands of Michigan youth will address critical issues in their communities, including education, economic opportunity, health, clean energy and environmental stewardship, hunger, homelessness, supporting veterans and military families, and public safety.

Grant awardees:

Organization

Community

Funds

Project

American Red Cross of Southeast Michigan

Ann Arbor

$350

 Military comfort kits

Blandford Nature Center

Grand Rapids

$200

 Environmental education

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools

Carson City

$200

 Park cleanup

Cat Packs

Marquette

$200

  Childhood hunger

Crim Foundation Flint $350 Safe Routes to School

Forgotten Harvest

Oak Park

$350

 Organizing food for hungry

Global Transformation Group Incorporated

Detroit

$200

 Detroit flood cleanup

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids

Grand  Rapids

$200

 Recycling project

Hope Center Inc.

Hamtramck

$200

 Community cleanup

Ionia County Intermediate School District

Ionia County

$350

 Sack dinners for children

Michigan Association of United Ways

Detroit

$350

 Veteran community garden

Michigan State University Extension 4-H Tech Wizards

Muskegon

$200

 Park cleanup

Michigan State University; MSU Alumni

Grand Rapids

$350

 Blankets for children

Partridge Creek Farm

Ishpeming

$350

 Community garden cleanup

SER Metro-Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc.

Detroit

$200

 Blight removal

South Oakland Shelter

Lathrup Village

$500

 Shelter improvement

The South Side Community Coalition

Detroit

$200

 4-H urban garden

Starr Commonwealth-Detroit

Detroit

$350

 Hygiene packs for homeless

TrueNorth Community Services

Fremont

$350

 Hygiene backpacks for kids

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives

Detroit

$350

 Detroit cleanup

Urban Safety Program

Detroit

$500

 Vacant home board-up

United Way of Genesee County Flint $350 Community cleanup

United Way of the Lakeshore

Muskegon

$350

 Park cleanup

United Way of Saginaw County

Saginaw/Midland

$350

 Shelter improvement

Volunteer Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo

$350

 City park improvement