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City of Bloomington, Indiana

City Announces Grant Recipients for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission Service Projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2017

For more information, please contact:

Michael Shermis, Special Projects Coordinator, City of Bloomington Department of Community and Family Resources, 812-349-3471, mlk@bloomington.in.gov

Nicole Griffin, Chair, City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission, 812-856-4648, nsg@indiana.edu

City Announces Grant Recipients for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission Service Projects

Bloomington, Ind. - Mayor John Hamilton announced that the City of Bloomington's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission has awarded grants totaling $31,000 to local organizations for "A Day On! Not A Day Off" volunteer service projects. Mayor Hamilton urges local residents to honor Dr. King by participating in one of the day's many community-centered activities.

"The City is proud to award the grants for Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration projects and initiatives as they honor the memory and spirit of Dr. King," Hamilton said.

Service for Peace ($15,000), Serve Indiana ($10,000), and The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County ($6,000) provided grants to the City of Bloomington. All funds are being awarded to local groups to help them acquire any materials and supplies volunteers will use during the 2017 Day of Service and subsequent "40 Days of Peace."

The groups receiving funds and the amounts are included in the table below. Additional volunteer service projects that did not request project funding also will be taking place. For more information and a list of service projects for media with contact information, please visit http://www.bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org/mlk or contact Special Projects Coordinator Michael Shermis at 812-349-3471.


Organization & Project

Amount

Awarded

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18

Connecting Children to Veterans: Collecting For the Good of Others

$4,000

Bloomington Community Orchard

Planting an Educational Fruit Grove at Ivy Tech

$500

Bloomington PRIDE

LGBTQ+ Resource Library

$500

Boxcar Bookstore & Community Center, Inc.

Free Social Justice Literature for Youth & Families

$500

Bring Hanah Home

Feed our Furry Friends Food Event with Area 10 on Aging

$500

Center for Sustainable Living

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Time to Choose

$1,470

Community Kitchen of Monroe County, Inc.

A Kid's Passport to Nutrition

$2,020

Congregation Beth Shalom

Noah's Ark #4

$575

Creek/Love Classroom Rogers Elementary

Living Civil Rights Through Music

$2,000

CUBAmistad

El Arte y el Camino a la Equidad (Art and the Path to Equity)

$500

Groups Scholars Program

IrespectU: Community Engagement Campaign

$250

Harmony School

Harmony School Social Action Day

$1,000

Hoosier Hills Food Bank

MLK Day Food Packing Event!

$1,000

Interfaith Community of Environmentalist Youth (ICEY)

It's Our World, Let's Take Action

$500

Lotus Education & Arts Foundation

One Million Stars to End Violence: Lotus International Star-Weaving Project

$1,500

Middle Way House, Inc.

Peaceful Plans Abound at Middle Way House

$985

Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project

MLK Pack-a-thon

$1,000

Monroe County Humane Association

MCHA North Location Education and Outreach Support

$425

Monroe County Public Library - Children's Services

A Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

$500

Monroe County United Ministries, Inc.

Cleaning & Hygiene Closet Conversion

$500

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

Community Garden and Food Pantry Service Project

$500

My Sister's Closet of Monroe County

Addressing the Needs of Family Economic Stability Season to Season

$1,000

New Leaf-New Life

Community Flat Tire Workshop

$500

New Leaf-New Life

Resource building collaborative initiative

$2,430

St. Paul Catholic Center

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: An Interfaith and Intergenerational Volunteer Experience

$2,500

The Project School

The Project School Care Packages Project for Shalom Community Center

$1,000

The Salvation Army

Free Day of Vision

$500

Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS Indiana)

Shake It Up Shaker Bottles

$500

Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of Monroe County, Inc.

Brighten VIM, Brighten Lives

$470

WFHB Community Radio

MLK Amplified: Student Reflections of Martin Luther King, Jr.

$1,000

Wheeler Mission Ministries

Making It a Home - Painting Project

$375

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