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Deadline Extended- Funding for 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Grants

November 22nd, 2010

Plan a community volunteer service projects commemorating Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 17, in your community. Successful applicants will receive $500 to help implement projects.

The MCCS challenge to communities all over Maine is to develop volunteer service projects that; unite community sectors in service, address a problem or condition that impacts quality of life for individuals or a community, and provides those who serve an opportunity to reflect on the link between their service, the problem, and the local implications for the community residents.

The Maine Commission for Community Service is particularly interested in community service projects that relate to these issues: increasing the number of Maine students who complete high school, increasing the number of Maine students who pursue post high-school training or education; decreasing the incidence of obesity in Maine, decreasing the incidence of type 2 diabetes, and reduction of home energy consumption.

Copies of the Request for Proposals are available at the MCCS website www.maineservicecommission.gov. All proposals must be submitted electronically using the online format described in the Request for Proposals. The deadline has been extended; proposals must be submitted no later than 2:00 PM local time on December 3, 2010.  No faxed or emailed proposals will be accepted.                                      

Last year, the Maine Commission for Community Service awarded 16 recipients $450 each to aide in developing community volunteer service projects.  These exciting projects took place all across the state, from York to Washington County. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service projects significantly impacted communities and celebrated the legacy of Dr. King. Over 1,300 volunteer hours were contributed.

The Martin Luther King Day of Service is an important way for Maine‚Äôs 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.

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