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

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,

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

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 or contact Special Projects Coordinator Michael Shermis at 812-349-3471.

Organization & Project



American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18

Connecting Children to Veterans: Collecting For the Good of Others


Bloomington Community Orchard

Planting an Educational Fruit Grove at Ivy Tech


Bloomington PRIDE

LGBTQ+ Resource Library


Boxcar Bookstore & Community Center, Inc.

Free Social Justice Literature for Youth & Families


Bring Hanah Home

Feed our Furry Friends Food Event with Area 10 on Aging


Center for Sustainable Living

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Time to Choose


Community Kitchen of Monroe County, Inc.

A Kid's Passport to Nutrition


Congregation Beth Shalom

Noah's Ark #4


Creek/Love Classroom Rogers Elementary

Living Civil Rights Through Music



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


Groups Scholars Program

IrespectU: Community Engagement Campaign


Harmony School

Harmony School Social Action Day


Hoosier Hills Food Bank

MLK Day Food Packing Event!


Interfaith Community of Environmentalist Youth (ICEY)

It's Our World, Let's Take Action


Lotus Education & Arts Foundation

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


Middle Way House, Inc.

Peaceful Plans Abound at Middle Way House


Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project

MLK Pack-a-thon


Monroe County Humane Association

MCHA North Location Education and Outreach Support


Monroe County Public Library - Children's Services

A Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration


Monroe County United Ministries, Inc.

Cleaning & Hygiene Closet Conversion


Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

Community Garden and Food Pantry Service Project


My Sister's Closet of Monroe County

Addressing the Needs of Family Economic Stability Season to Season


New Leaf-New Life

Community Flat Tire Workshop


New Leaf-New Life

Resource building collaborative initiative


St. Paul Catholic Center

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


The Project School

The Project School Care Packages Project for Shalom Community Center


The Salvation Army

Free Day of Vision


Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS Indiana)

Shake It Up Shaker Bottles


Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of Monroe County, Inc.

Brighten VIM, Brighten Lives


WFHB Community Radio

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


Wheeler Mission Ministries

Making It a Home - Painting Project