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2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Day a Success

January 20th, 2010

This year, the Maine Commission for Community Service awarded 16 recipients $450 each to aide in developing a community volunteer service project in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.  These great projects took place all across the state, from York to Washington County, this past weekend and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Summaries from just a few of the successful projects are as follows:

Cumberland- The University of Southern Maine Office of Civic Engagement Their project engaged USM students with students in the Learning Works after school program in a writing workshop, studying the “I Have a Dream Speech “speech, which considered King’s ability to use the power of words to advocate for social justice.  79 volunteers contributed 227 hours along with 130 total participants.

Penobscot- Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism. Their project, entitled MLK Diversity Day, was held at the Bangor Mall where they provided children with fun and creative ways to learn about diversity.  Children were able to express their thoughts actively through group participation and innovative activities led by organizations and student groups from a variety of campus and community sources.  33 volunteers contributed 190 hours along with 32 total participants.  

Washington-Narraguagus High School. Their project included researching and selecting new books on diversification for their high school library and public library.  Additionally, the project celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. with a story hour and an “I Have a Dream” craft activity at the Milbridge Public Library.  Art displays made by the children were taken to a community dinner held to honor MLK Jr.  30 volunteers contributed 120 hours project along with 140 total participants. 

Funding for these projects allowed participants to create and implement Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service projects that impacted their communities and celebrated the legacy of Dr. King.  Over 1,300 volunteer hours were contributed to this year’s projects. 

The Maine Commission for Community Service 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.