2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Challenge Grant Recipients
1,081 Campus and Community Volunteers
4,303 Volunteer Hours
Five Oklahoma Campus Compact (OkCC) members organized and implemented projects on or around the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 17, 2011, with $1,000 grants funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service through North Carolina Campus Compact and OkCC. OkCC was one of 11 state Campus Compacts to receive part of the $37,500 grant administered by NC Campus Compact. Grant funds must be matched on a 30:70 basis using cash and in-kind services and donations.
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 to honor the life of 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
Cameron University utilized the MLK Challenge Model to plan and create a list of projects and match volunteers to projects based on interests and abilities. Sites that benefitted included the Sanctuary, Dunbar Elementary School, the Roadback, the Salvation Army, the Lawton Food Bank and Warehouse, Boys and Girls Club, and the Owens Center.
Northeastern State University
More than 400 NSU faculty, staff and student volunteers performed cleaning, painting and crafting projects at four elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.
Northern Oklahoma College
NOC students visited area elementary schools to read and donate books related to the MLK themes, with an emphasis on anti-bullying. Volunteers promoted clean energy by working at the two-year-old Tonkawa Recycling Center. The students in the Student Nurse Association performed community health checks, and volunteers collected needed items for deployed members of the military.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
One hundred students visited three elementary schools and worked at three food pantries.
University of Central Oklahoma
Students performed two projects, both centered on health. Food and essentials were provided at the Infant Crisis Center, and backpacks were stuffed with after-school snacks at the Regional Food Bank.