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Changing the Meaning of “A Day Off”

For the third year, North Carolina Campus Compact is providing funding to colleges and universities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia to engage in service activities on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The 2014 MLK Day of Service is January 20th.  NC Campus Compact is a sub-grantee of Wisconsin Campus Compact through funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, officially designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service to honor King’s dreams of nonviolence and social justice. The goal of the service day is to make the holiday “a day ON not a day off,” where people of all ages and backgrounds join together to improve their communities. The Corporation for National and Community Service is the designated federal agency that provides funding to support the MLK Day of Service.

NC Campus Compact, a coalition of colleges and universities, builds the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically-engaged graduates and to strengthen communities. NC Campus Compact is a member of national campus compact which has over 1,100 members and 35 state offices.

Since 2011, NC Campus Compact has provided over $25,000 in mini-grants to 33 campuses in 10 southern states to mobilize over 8200 volunteers to complete 337 service projects on the 2012 and 2013 MLK Day of Service. Between 2008-2011 , NC Campus Compact managed a $300,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, along with five other national grantees, to support the MLK Day of  Service 2009-2011. Through this grant, NC Campus Compact engaged over 56,000 volunteers from campuses representing 38 states plus the District of Columbia.

Campuses who are interested in funding for the 2014 MLK Day of Service must submit an online application by September 13th at midnight. Grantees will be announced the week of September 16th.  Click here to learn more and submit an application.

 

 

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