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Bloomington Officials Announce Grant Recipients For Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission Service Projects
Updated January 5, 2017 6:28 AM
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(BLOOMINGON) - Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton announced that the City of Bloomington's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission has awarded grants totaling $31,000 to local organizations for "A Day On! Not A Day Off" volunteer service projects.

Mayor Hamilton urges local residents to honor Dr. King by participating in one of the day's many community-centered activities.

"The City is proud to award the grants for Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration projects and initiatives as they honor the memory and spirit of Dr. King," Hamilton said.

Service for Peace ($15,000), Serve Indiana ($10,000), and The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County ($6,000) provided grants to the City of Bloomington. All funds are being awarded to local groups to help them acquire any materials and supplies volunteers will use during the 2017 Day of Service and subsequent "40 Days of Peace."

The groups receiving funds and the amounts are included in the table below. Additional volunteer service projects that did not request project funding also will be taking place.

For more information and a list of service projects for media with contact information, please visit or contact Special Projects Coordinator Michael Shermis at (812) 349-3471.

Those receiving grants are:

  • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18 Connecting Children to Veterans: Collecting For the Good of Others$4,000
  • Bloomington Community Orchard Planting an Educational Fruit Grove at Ivy Tech$500
  • Bloomington PRIDE LGBTQ+ Resource Library$500
  • Boxcar Bookstore & Community Center, Inc. Free Social Justice Literature for Youth & Families$500
  • Bring Hanah Home Feed our Furry Friends Food Event with Area 10 on Aging$500
  • Center for Sustainable Living The Fierce Urgency of Now: Time to Choose$1,470
  • Community Kitchen of Monroe County, Inc.A Kid's Passport to Nutrition$2,020
  • Congregation Beth Shalom Noah's Ark #4$575
  • Creek/Love Classroom Rogers Elementary Living Civil Rights Through Music$2,000
  • CUBAmistad El Arte y el Camino a la Equidad (Art and the Path to Equity)$500
  • Groups Scholars Program IrespectU: Community Engagement Campaign$250
  • Harmony School Harmony School Social Action Day$1,000
  • Hoosier Hills Food Bank MLK Day Food Packing Event!$1,000
  • Interfaith Community of Environmentalist Youth (ICEY) It's Our World, Let's Take Action$500
  • Lotus Education & Arts Foundation One Million Stars to End Violence: Lotus International Star-Weaving Project $1,500
  • Middle Way House, Inc.Peaceful Plans Abound at Middle Way House$985
  • Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project MLK Pack-a-thon $1,000
  • Monroe County Humane Association MCHA North Location Education and Outreach Support $425
  • Monroe County Public Library - Children's Services A Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration$500
  • Monroe County United Ministries, Inc.Cleaning & Hygiene Closet Conversion$500
  • Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Community Garden and Food Pantry Service Project$500
  • My Sister's Closet of Monroe County Addressing the Needs of Family Economic Stability Season to Season
  • $1,000 New Leaf-New Life Community Flat Tire Workshop$500
  • New Leaf-New Life Resource building collaborative initiative$2,430
  • St. Paul Catholic Center Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: An Interfaith and Intergenerational Volunteer Experience $2,500
  • The Project School The Project School Care Packages Project for Shalom Community Center$1,000
  • The Salvation Army Free Day of Vision$500
  • Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS Indiana) Shake It Up Shaker Bottles$500
  • Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of Monroe County, Inc.Brighten VIM, Brighten Lives$470
  • WFHB Community Radio MLK Amplified: Student Reflections of Martin Luther King, Jr. $1,000
  • Wheeler Mission Ministries Making It a Home - Painting Project$375

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