KANSAS VOLUNTEER COMMISSION MINI-GRANT SERIES
In an effort to support local organizations leveraging volunteers to meet the many needs across Kansas, the Kansas Volunteer Commission is hosting a series of mini-grant competitions during 2015. Any Kansas public or private nonprofit organization, public or private schools, institutions of higher education and government, operating in the state of Kansas are invited to apply!
(Please note that scheduled funding opportunities are pending final funding approval from the Corporation for National and Community Service and are not officially open or offered until the official application is posted and open.)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a beloved community.
Boys & Girls Club of Topeka
Serving Shawnee County
The Boys and Girls Club of Topeka Club Members that attend the Indian Creek extension unit will build care packages for Veterans that are served by the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka, KS. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day children will decorate and build gift bags that include a handmade thank you card, Kleenex pack, toothbrush, microwave popcorn and bottled water. Other items may also be included. During building of bags, staff will provide information to Club Members about veterans and the service they provided and continue to provide to our country as well as information regarding Martin Luther King, Jr. and the impact of volunteerism on our community. This includes reading Club Members the books: Veterans: Heroes in our Neighborhood and Martin's Dream. Club Members will then visit the medical center in the afternoon and deliver the packages to veterans. Part of their visitation will include a short presentation about the Club and saying "thank you" to each veteran for their service to our country.
Fort Hays State University
Serving Ellis County
As part of our Read4Respect Bullying Prevention Project at Washington Elementary School in Hays, KS, we will celebrate the life of an inspirational leader who made a difference in the lives of many people: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King is an exceptional example of a courageous leader who changed a nation through peaceful actions. Fort Hays State University (FHSU) students will read books to elementary age students that stimulate discussions about Dr. King's dream of peace, love and justice. After each story, children will have the opportunity to display and expand their understanding of Dr. King's teachings through age appropriate activities.
Homestead Affordable Housing, Inc.
Serving Jackson County
MLK- Building a healthy future engages students from USD 336 in planning and building raised bed gardens for senior citizens in a new 32-unit senior affordable housing development to be built in 2015 in Holton, KS. Students are organizing a team of volunteers that will prepare the work plan, order materials, and build these raised bed gardens. The gardens provide these senior households the ability to grow fresh vegetables for themselves, providing for healthy diets and exercise, and assisting their limited budgets.
Reno County Communities That Care
Serving Reno County
On January 19th, CTC will host a Youth Summit in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Youth Summit will develop leadership and life skills, educate and empower youth to engage and volunteer in their communities based on their own personal passions and desires for their communities. The summit will focus on youth in 6th through 9th grades and will be lead by CTC high school Youth Leadership Organization, CTC staff and adult volunteers. During the summit youth participants will learn more about their community's needs and opportunities through the "Envision Hutch" experience and will connect their passions with community needs. CTC will then directly connect youth in 6th through 9th grades with local volunteer and engagement opportunities based on their own individual passions and desires.
Rosedale Development Association
Serving Wyandotte County
Reading Inspirational Stories to Empower, or RISE, is a program in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day that emphasizes the importance of literacy, history, service and equality. Volunteers will read stories to elementary and middle school-aged children during the week of January 20, 2015 about Dr. King, the Civil Rights Movement, and racial inequality. The goal of this project is to engage the residents of Rosedale in serving others through volunteerism and to continue Dr. King's legacy of advocating for equality.
RSVP of Four County
Serving Montgomery County
Teaming up with the Independence Chamber of Commerce Diversity Task Force, RSVP Four County and other community partners will be hosting an event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 18, 2015. The event will include an essay contest for middle and high school students, a food drive that will be a competition between Independence schools, Independence Community College and the public. A free soup lunch will be held just prior to the celebration. Just as Dr. King brought people together from all walks of life, this celebration will also bring together community members and leaders from various organizations and community groups. During the celebration, a community member who has demonstrated a lifetime of service will be honored with the "Spirit of Unity" award.
The Volunteer Connection
Serving Saline County
The Volunteer Connection will mobilize community volunteers, including participants in Kansas Wesleyan University's CampuServe program and students from area high schools, to complete projects on Monday, January 19, for two local agencies which address multi-faceted issues, including food insecurity, homelessness, substance abuse, and general life-skill deficiencies. Projects will include organization of recent donations and preparation of Emergency Aid Food Bank's warehouse for a community-wide "Souper Bowl of Hope" food drive to be launched in January and assisting with cleaning, painting and preparing a recently purchased building for Ashby House, an agency which provides shelter, treatment and recovery and resource exchange services to combat homelessness.
United Way of Douglas County
Serving Douglas County
The United Way of Douglas County AmeriCorps Program and the Lawrence Public Library will be hosting a Day of Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 19, 2015. During this day of service, participants will take part in a variety of activities and projects that will benefit Lawrence families. Volunteers will be able to decorate and assemble Valentine's cards to be given to homebound seniors, make scarves that will be donated to adults and children living in homeless shelters, and attend a workshop focusing on strategies for speaking out against racism and discrimination. Teens participating in the service day will also be able to participate in a discussion with the Lawrence Community Food Alliance entitled "We are the Solution", giving teens a space to discuss the issues facing the community that matter most to them.
Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Kansas City
Serving Johnson & Wyandotte County
YVC of Greater KC created two projects that raise awareness through creative expression. The goal of the first project, Activism 102, is to make activism accessible to youth in the Greater Kansas City area. It focuses on using art and social media to inform the pub Youth participating in the event viewed a video about activism, and then learned about body image (ie: problems inherent in our culture's perception of body image). Youth created a series of art pieces to both protest harmful body image and to inform the public about the consequences of it. Another group of youth participated in the Operation Gratitude event which created paracord bracelets and personal letters of appreciation to send to US service members deployed overseas and to express appreciation of our military members on an individual level.
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