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Michigan Community Service Commission supporting 56 MLK Day Projects

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The Michigan Community Service Commission today announced it will help support 56 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service volunteer projects engaging more than 5,000 volunteers who will serve more than 16,000 volunteer hours to benefit Michigan communities.

Projects include providing child-size masks to youth serving organizations and thanking healthcare workers for the care given to Michigan residents. Organizations have also planned projects to address community needs related to COVID-19 including food distribution events, providing support for the homeless, addressing mental health needs and providing education and tools to prevent the spread of infection.

“Serving our communities is an important way to carry forward the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while also rallying together to unite Michiganders after a challenging year," Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II said. "I’m proud to support communities in our great state in a time when it's needed most. I encourage everyone to find a way to serve while following safety guidelines."

The Michigan Community Service Commission is awarding more than $20,000 in grants to organizations ranging from $100 to $1,000 to help communities recover from the impact of COVID-19. Funding has also been provided by partners AmeriCorps the Agency and Youth Service America through the Allstate Foundation.

These projects are happening in communities across the state, some of which are still in need of volunteers.

Below you will find a complete list of projects the Michigan Community Service Commission is supporting, and details on how Michiganders can join the efforts.

You can register for the available opportunities at https://miserves.org/mlk-day-events/.

Our federal partner, AmeriCorps, has been partnering with the Presidential Inaugural Committee to promote the importance of service and volunteerism. There are two options to show your support.

1.) Go to https://bideninaugural.org/day-of-service/ and pledge your commitment to serve on MLK Day and/or throughout 2021.

2.) Record a video using the prompt "Why is giving back important to you?" The guidelines for creating and uploading the video can be found at https://stories.bideninaugural.org/prompt-single/GivingBack

 

Location

Brief Project Description

Date

Flint

United Way of Genesee County

111 E Court St.

Two outdoor food distribution events each at a Flint school location

Jan. 18

Albion

Harrington Parent Council Organization

100 S. Clark Street

Virtual event to celebrate the life of MLK where students will read essays, perform song and dance.  Public is welcome to watch the performance virtually

Jan. 18

Detroit

COTS

2211 E Jefferson, Ste 400

Volunteers will be making activity kits for children at Peggy’s Place homeless shelter

The week of Jan. 18

Detroit

Detroit PAL

1680 Michigan Ave.

AmeriCorps members and volunteers will create a mental health awareness program for teens and create kits of journals, snacks and writing supplies

Jan. 21

Fremont

Volunteer Resource Center of Newaygo County

6308 S. Warner Ave.

Volunteers hosting community-wide food drive for child-friendly, shelf-stable foods to support the weekend backpack program for school aged children

Jan. 8-24

Lansing

Les Meres et Debutantes Club of Greater Lansing Alumni Association

PO Box 22214

Group will provide personal hygiene kits for women in domestic violence shelters

Jan. 9

Flint

Communities First, Inc.

415 W Court St.

Volunteers will contribute art in the form of poems, paintings, drawings and songs to contribute to a mural in a housing community

Art contributions collected Jan. 13-20 and unveiling of final piece mid-February

Swartz Creek

Genesee Intermediate School District - 21st Century

2033 Elms Road, Bldg. C

Service-learning student leaders, will create family-friendly game kits for families impacted by quarantine and will be distributed by the school

Jan. 4-Feb. 20

Detroit

Urban Safety Program Wayne State University

42 W Warren Ave.

The Urban Safety Program will host community-wide Zoom meetings to teach families how to improve lung health and avoid exposure to COVID-19. Volunteers will deliver cleaning supplies to homes in Detroit

Jan. 18

Alpena

United Way of Northeast Michigan

108 Water St.

Students will bake items for health department employees and design art to be displayed at the health department

Jan. 21

Saginaw

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

PO Box 6853

Members will create cards for staff and message of support for patients will also providing refreshments the local physician’s office caring for COVID-19 patients

Jan. 18

Bay City

Disability Services Resource Center

1820 N Trumball Drive

Young people will create art depicting their abilities and parents will write a piece about their child’s special abilities.  These pieces will be displayed and accessible online.

Week of Jan. 18

Albion

Albion College/Albion Food HUB

611 E Porter St.

College students in collaboration with the Albion Food Hub, will distribute food to the community.

Last week of January and first week of February

Taylor

Wolverine Human Services

20300 Superior Road, Ste 140

Volunteers will create and distribute packs of cleaning supplies to families providing foster care services in multiple Michigan counties

Jan.18- 22

Sault Ste Marie

United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

511 Ashmun St.

Youth will create cards and short essays about MLK., and writings will be distributed to isolated seniors through the Meals on Wheels program

Jan.18-22

Grand Rapids

Heart of West Michigan United Way

118 Commerce Ave. SW

Youth and corporate volunteers will make blankets and bracelets for homeless and families with special medical needs

Jan. 18

White Lake

St Patrick’s Parish

9086 Hutchins Road

In collaboration with Kids Coalition Against Hunger, a large food distribution event will be held.

Jan. 30

Muskegon

Muskegon College Network

200 Harvey St.

A scholarship program to support local youth and zoom meetings to help young people understand the college application

7-7:45 pm
Jan. 20

Monroe

Monroe County Opportunity Program

1140 S Telegraph Road

In collaboration with the Food Gleaner’s program, a community wide food distribution event will be held with fresh vegetables.

Jan. 15

South Haven

Senior Services/RSVP of Van Buren County

1635 76th St.

Volunteers will make art, cards and deserts for seniors who are isolated.  The items will be distributed through the Meals on Wheels program

Jan. 12 and Jan. 19

South Haven

HOPE Parent Resource Center

901 South Bailey Ave., Ste 1

Volunteers will distribute support items to young parents.  Support materials include diapers, wipes, books and materials to help cope with stress and unexpected changes brought on by COVID-19

Jan. 18-31

West Bloomfield

United We Walk / West Bloomfield School District

5810 Commerce Road

In conjunction with Blessings in a Backpack, students are hosting a virtual MLK event featuring their writings, art, and music to raise money for the weekend food program.

Jan. 17

Grand Rapids

GR Initiative for Leaders

Virtual MLK celebration event

Jan. 17

Lansing

Dr. Martin Luther King Commission of Mid-Michigan

Televised celebration of MLK featuring Dr. Bernice King airing on WILX News 10

January 18 at 7:00 p.m., WILX News 10

Wixom

Kids Coalition Against Hunger

 

 

Volunteers will pack food kits to prevent childhood hunger

Jan. 16

Compassion through Food for Healthcare Heroes

 

Saginaw

Saginaw United Way

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Saginaw Transit Authority

Volunteers will honor healthcare workers in physician offices, urgent care centers and COVID-19uUnits with care packages of food and gifts

Week of Jan. 18

Kalamazoo

Michigan Fitness Council

AmeriCorps members and youth from local schools will honor nursing home employees with refreshments, cards and wellness tips

Jan. 18

Kalamazoo

Parchment School District

Students will outfit several hospital breakrooms with refreshments, food, placemats made by students and art for the walls

Jan.15

Clare

Clare Junior Chamber of Commerce

Young leaders will treat employees of several nursing homes with refreshments and cards of thanks

Week of Jan.18

Alpena

Alpena Boys and Girls Club

Will bake items for the area’s health department employees and design wall art

Jan. 18th

Caro

Human Development Corporation

With multiple childcare organization, will be coordinating cards and art along with food items for healthcare organizations

Week of Jan. 18

Gaylord

Otsego County United Way

Youth from surrounding areas and RSVP Volunteers will write thank you cards and refreshments and provide free yoga classes to healthcare workers

Jan. 18

Bay City

United Way of Bay County

High school volunteers will be putting together bags of treats for healthcare providers at McLaren Hospital.

Jan. 18

Michigan Mask Program – Keeping Children safe

State-wide

Michigan 4-H

Youth sewing masks

February

Saginaw

VBM Girl Scout Troop 50824

Youth sewing masks

Month of January

Lansing

Lansing Catholic High School

Youth sewing masks

Month of January

Detroit

Boys and Girls Club of SE Michigan, Diehl Club

Youth sewing masks

Month of January

Albion

Harrington PCO

Parents and community members sewing masks

Month of January

Highland Park

My Sister’s Keeper

Youth sewing masks

Month of January

Manistique

Emerald Elementary Leadership Team

Youth sewing masks

Month of January

Sterling Heights

Academy 4 ‘lil Angels

Sewing masks for families

Month of January

Superior Township

Nation of Youth

Youth sewing masks

Month of January

Clarkston

Kids Standard Publication

Youth sewing masks

Month of January

Benton Harbor

Benton Harbor Community Water Council- Black Autonomy Network Community Organization

Youth sewing masks and needs additional volunteers to sew masks

Month of January

Eastpointe

Platforum

Youth sewing masks and creating cleaning kits for various youth organizations

Month of January

Grand Rapids

Senior Neighbors

Sewing masks and providing care kits for youth organizations

Month of January

Carson City

Carson City Schools

Needs volunteers to sew masks for children

Month of January

Alpena

Alpena Boys and Girls Club

Youth sewing masks for children

Month of January

Caro

Human Development Corporation

Volunteers needed to sew masks for children in foster care

Month of January

Detroit

Busy Minds Day Care

Volunteers needed to sew masks for children

Month of January

Oak Park

Sunny Side Enrichment Center

Volunteers needed to sew children’s masks

Month of January

Lansing

Capital Area Community Services Head start

Volunteers needed to sew children’s masks

 

Month of January

Oak Park

LWSC Day Care

Volunteers needed to sew children’s masks

Month of January