MLK Day Grants
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What is the MLK Day of Service?
legislation was signed in 1983 to mark the birthday of Dr. King as a federal holiday. Americans first observed the holiday in 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) with leading this effort. Taking place each third Monday in January, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service - a "day on, not a day off." This day of service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, addresses social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

Why Serve on MLK Day?
Dr. King recognized the power of service. He famously said, "Everyone can be great because everybody can serve." Observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday through service is a way to begin each year with a commitment to making your community a better place. Your service honors Dr. King's life and teachings and helps meet national challenges. Service also brings people together of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. The MLK Day of Service encourages all types of service, particularly projects that have a lasting impact and connect participants to ongoing service. The most successful projects connect to the life and teaching of Dr. King, meet a pressing community need, and include time to reflect on his teachings.

MLK Day 2017 Grantees in West Virginia
In January of 2017, Volunteer West Virginia helped further Dr. King's dream by granting funding to help support service opportunities around the state. See list below for projects that were funded.

$100.00           Bridge Valley Community & Technical College: Valentines for Veterans and Service Members
$300.00   Boy Scout Troop 437 (Spencer) Build kiosk at Ben's Run Park
$300.00   Playmates: healthy living gift bags for seniors
$285.00   Youth Museum of Southern WV: "Empty Bowls" project
$300.00   WVU Extension Roane County: local farm bags for low-income families
$300.00   Preston County Caring Council: senior emergency kits for disasters
$300.00   Foster Grandparents: hygiene bags for low-income
$300.00   RSVP: hygiene bags for low income
$154.00   WV Wesleyan: Blessing Boxes for low income
$300.00   Goodwill Industries: hygiene bags for low-income
$300.00   Ranson Old Town Community Garden: building raised beds
$300.00   Appalachian Prison Book Project: Books for prison book club
$300.00   New Martinsville Chamber of Commerce: Town of Hundred beautification project
$300.00   United Way VISTA: hygiene bags for low-come
$300.00   WVU Tech: One Voice Community Closet
$230.00   Step by Step: Orchard Manor field trip
$300.00   Grow Ohio Valley: community garden and compost
$300.00   Lincoln County Health Dept.: clothing drive
$300.00   MOVRC RSVP: Blessing Bags
$300.00   LifeBridge: hygiene bags for low-income
$250.00   Red Cross: Continuing the Dream event
$300.00   MOVRC Foster Grandparent: Blessing Bags
$300.00   Concord University Bonner Scholars: Cleaning the Wade Center in Bluefield
$262.00   Fairmont Community Youth Development Center: Repack the Backpack event
$300.00   Hardy County Health and Wellness Center: Community Health Event
$300.00   Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce: City beautification project