Transform Mid-Atlantic Announces Results for 2024 MLK Day of Service Grants

MLK Day of Service Grantees

Frederick, MDTransform Mid-Atlantic  is proud to announce the success of its 2024 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service AmeriCorps Grant Program. Five Transform Mid-Atlantic (TMA) member campuses received grants from TMA and the Partnership Alliance – funded by AmeriCorps – to host events throughout January, galvanizing 280 volunteers who joined forces with 36 community entities to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service and community engagement. The campuses were collectively granted over $16,000 through TMA to support campus-community volunteering.

Madeline Yates, TMA Executive Director, reflected on the impact of the inaugural grant opportunity: “The successful implementation of our member campuses’ programs resulted in bringing together higher education faculty and students, community leaders, and individual volunteers, demonstrating a collective commitment to service,” Yates said. “TMA is proud to support these institutions and their initiatives, which not only honor Dr. King’s memory but also actively contribute to our communities through service and leadership.”

Service Day Highlights Across Institutions:

  • Allegany College of Maryland hosted a series of events including two 2-hour diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice training sessions which attracted 60 individuals from the college’s staff and student body. These trainings focused on Dr. King’s life and teachings, while also including a hands-on component where students sorted and packed bags of printed information about local community support services. The noon celebration, led by local NAACP leaders, was coupled with an exhibition of volunteer opportunities from community partners including the Allegany County Library System, the Poor People’s Campaign, the ACM Food Pantry, Soul Space, and Allegany County Women's Action Coalition. In addition, the grant funded 25 NAACP student memberships, which allowed ACM to launch a new NAACP youth chapter in Allegany County.

 

  • American University offered drop-in service activities around campus open to all community members. 38 volunteers participated in a variety of activities including “Letters to the Community” which included the following partners: United Way, IONA Senior Services, Love for our Elders, and “Virtual Story Telling” with the D.C. National Children’s Hospital. The comprehensive event was co-hosted by the following student organizations: the African Student Organization; the Black Student Union; Sister, Sister; Zeta Phi Beta; and the Les Couers d’Afrique African Dance Team.

 

  • Baltimore City Community College offered two distinct events: an interactive workshop focused on social justice conducted by Urban Rural Action, and the “MLK Day of Service Community Dinner.” Urban Rural Action facilitated conversations for students, faculty, and staff centered on criminal justice, the digital divide, food security, and racial justice, while the Community Dinner opened its doors to 117 community members from West Baltimore to share a meal with campus officials and students. Participants also received free toiletries and hair products, while 32 volunteers were able to serve the community and engage in networking opportunities.

 

  • Goldey-Beacom College directed its efforts towards various off-campus service activities. Students, staff, and faculty participated in the Wilmington Neighborhood Clean-up & Peace March with various community partners, including West Side Grows Together, and I Am My Sister’s Keeper. Students and community members gathered to clean up a neighborhood in Wilmington before participating in a march to demonstrate peace and community strength. Another group visited the InnerSource Wellness Center to help prepare their organization for the spring with hands-on plant potting, yard clearing, and raising awareness of a more sustainable way of living, while the Goldey-Beacom Women’s Basketball Team volunteered at the Sunday Breakfast Mission, an organization that serves people facing homelessness and food insecurity.

 

  • Johns Hopkins University’s “Where Do We Go from Here, Chaos or Community?” program provided an opportunity for community partners to share the needs of their organizations and featured speakers recounting their journeys in their work as black community organizers and cultural workers of Baltimore City. JHU hosted 41 people from six community organizations to establish connections for future partnerships. Three high school students were able to receive service-learning hours for attending, while 15 JHU affiliates took their day off as a “day on” to be a part of the event. Community Partners shared that, in addition to gaining future volunteers, they found value in being able to be together in a room and learn about each other’s experiences.

TMA’s National Day of Service grant is a part of a larger $250,000 per-year three-year grant awarded to TMA and six other state / regional higher education networks belonging to the Partnership Alliance by the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps). TMA and the Partnership Alliance were awarded the grant with the purpose of honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Partnership Alliance is a network of seven higher education associations across the United States dedicated to advancing the public purposes of higher education through place-based campus-community engagement.

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 Transform Mid-Atlantic is a non-profit membership association of public, private, 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, including many HBCUs and minority-serving institutions. Transform Mid-Atlantic provides leadership to colleges and universities in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware by advocating, supporting, and encouraging institutional participation in academic and co-curricular based public service and civic engagement programs.