Our MLK Day Winners Are Official
AmeriCorps Alums has selected eight strong chapters and two individuals to receive service grants of $1,000 each. Our MLK Day of Service grants will help fund projects that each hold a similar theme of aiding the environment and educating others in the community on how they can “go green”.
- The St. Louis Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums will concentrate on the distribution of Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) to low-income families in the city of Saint Louis.
- Similarly, the New Orleans Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums will be partnering with Green Light New Orleans to install CFLs in homes across New Orleans.
- The Buffalo AmeriCorps Alums chapter will be working with two local non-profits, WNY AmeriCorps and VetsHERD, to select ten to fifteen homes that have been identified as needing repair and begin by performing interior home renovations on MLK Day.
- The Maine AmeiCorps Alums chapter will also be doing work on local homes. The Maine Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums will initiate a training program to teach community members how to complete Step-one weatherization in their homes. This will decrease energy expenses and CO2 emissions.
- The Metro Detroit Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums will aim to do the same by engaging in a public awareness campaign that equips local families with the tools to use their clothes dryers more efficiently.
- The Southern Arizona chapter of AmeriCorps Alums will work with those at City High School (a small charter school in Tucson, Arizona), the Sahuaro Girl Scout Council Hacienda, and Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona to educate the community on the benefits of lowering CO2 emissions.
- The Southwest Pennsylvania chapter will also spread awareness on “going green,” and set an excellent example by making a local soup kitchen “greener” and cheaper to maintain.
- The multi-media event “Let Freedom Ring: Rhythm, Soul, and the Dream” will make a splash in the Quad Cities region this year on MLK Day. The Quad Cities chapter of AmeriCorps Alums with be teaming up with AmeriCorps, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the River Music Experience in order to engage the children in cultural and historical activities, and to increase general awareness of the AmeriCorps program in the community.
- Imran Khan, an AmeriCorps alum in Dallas, and the non-profit he founded, Develop U, will work within South Dallas, to revitalize abandoned spaces by converting them to fruitful urban community gardens.
- Angel Sandriepe of buildOn is an AmeriCorps that devised a project to engage the student body at Oakland High School. The students will plant trees in the area and do their part in CO2 reduction
We can all start to look forward to some incredible MLK Day projects! To get involved in MLK Day in an area near you contact your local AmeriCorps Alums chapter.