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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Of Service Project Awards

November 3rd, 2008

AUGUSTA— The Maine Commission for Community Service announced today that it will provide cash awards for organizations in Maine to develop community volunteer service projects in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Applications are now being accepted with award recipients due to be announced in mid December. Service projects are to be conducted on Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 19, 2009 or the weekend prior. Application forms and additional information are available at http://www.maineservicecommission.gov/mlk_maine/ . The deadline to apply is November 24, 2008.

The Martin Luther King Day of Service is an important way for Maine’s people to experience the significance of service, volunteerism and collaboration amongst their neighbors. This funding will allow participants to create and implement service projects that will not only impact their communities, but celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to service, non-violence, and diversity.

Awards are open to all nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, schools, school districts and institutions of higher education. Recipients must plan a service project that engages a broad spectrum of community as well as promote a spirit of inclusive collaboration among young and old, business and nonprofit, school and community, working and unemployed, newcomers and long-time residents. This year recipients will be eligible to receive a bonus award to expand their projects generously provided by Time Warner Cable.

The Maine Commission for Community Service consists of 23 board members appointed by the Governor. The Commission builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers, raising awareness, and encouraging an ethic of service. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at www.maineservicecommission.gov.