Oklahoma Campus Compact recently received $5,000 from North Carolina Campus Compact to promote the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2011 on Jan. 17.
The MLK Day of Service grants honor the memory of 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.
“The Martin Luther King Day of Service is a time to remember and act on Dr. King’s commitment to paving the way for a better future for our nation,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Dr. King was a courageous leader who sought peace and justice for those who could not stand for themselves, and there is not a more meaningful way to honor his legacy than by serving others.”
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. It has become one of three events in which many national organizations promote the opportunity to give back.
Oklahoma is one of 11 states to receive one of the state subgrants. 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 2010 MLK Day of Service, NC Campus Compact mobilized 1,900 volunteers nationwide representing 134 campuses across 28 states, plus the District of Columbia, to volunteer in honor of King. In Oklahoma, more than 700 volunteers engaged in 30 projects in one day of service.
Typical service projects revolve around work with community agencies. Many of the campuses in the state 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 across the board.
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. In Oklahoma, Campus Compact was formed in 2000 and currently has 34 public and private colleges and universities that participate.