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Grants Totaling $5,000 Awarded for MLK Jr. Day of Service

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Jan 28, 2014

As a part of New York State’s Volunteer Generation initiative, UWTC and the Regional Volunteer Center of the Southern Tier partners awarded $5,000 in grants to local organizations participating in events during the week of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.  $1,250 in funding was awarded to organizations serving Tompkins County. This diverse group of projects will allow organizations throughout the region to celebrate through community service, volunteer recognition, and education.

Grants awarded in Tompkins County:
o    Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga: To have Youth Engagement Services Program participants send cards to Meals on Wheels recipients and volunteer at a community dinner.
o    Ithaca College: To host a free lunch with a variety of performances and speakers to celebrate MLK Day in collaboration with the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Cornell University and Beverly J. Martin Elementary School.
o    Ithaca Health Alliance: To educate the public about the Ithaca Health Fund and Ithaca Free Clinic in order to help the uninsured and underinsured.
o    Social Change in Mind Productions: To host a documentary film screening about bringing positive change to inner city communities.  
o    Tompkins County Public Library: To have community volunteers and Ithaca College students create an art exhibit celebrating the library’s 150th anniversary.

The Regional Volunteer Center of the Southern Tier is a collaboration which promotes and enhances local volunteer efforts. Working with local nonprofits, the Center’s goal is to build volunteer infrastructure in the region so that more people are able to make a difference. It is led by the Institute for Human Services, United Way of Broome County, and United Way of Tompkins County. To learn more about the regional volunteer center visit To search for opportunities in Tompkins County go to

Funding for the MLK National Day of Service mini-grants has been made possible by a grant through the New York State Office of National and Community Service.