Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
MLK Challenge

History

Between 2012-2014, NC Campus Compact served as the Southern Cluster Region Lead to provide $40,000 in funding to 36 campuses in 10 states who mobilized 13, 657 volunteers to complete 637 service projects.  NC Campus Compact was a sub-grantee of Wisconsin Campus Compact. Funding was provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). We are grateful for the support of Florida Campus Compact in 2014 who provided funding to two Fl. institutions that we were not able to receive funding through the regular funding process due to limited grant funds.  
 

Between 2008-2011, NC Campus Compact managed a $300,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, along with five other national grantees, to support the MLK Day of  Service 2009-2011. Through this grant, NC Campus Compact engaged over 56,000 volunteers from campuses representing 38 states plus the District of Columbia.

Click here for the final report from this grant.

Through this grant effort we encouraged campuses to explore the MLK Challenge model. This model, created by the ACT (Appalachian and Community Together) Office at Appalachian State University (Boone, NC) in 2000, is a day of service projects... but with a twist.

We created two toolkits to assist campuses in implementing the MLK Challenge model and to engage college students generally. They are available for download above. Special thanks to MLK AmeriCorps VISTA (2008-2010), Kara Brown Quick, for her assistance on the toolkits.
 

NC Campus Compact Toolkits

 

You can also visit this list of MLK Resources we compiled.

MLK Logos

On the national www.mlkday.gov site you can download the official MLK Day of Service logos. We have also included various versions at this link. You have clearance to use these images freely. 

Questions? Contact Leslie Garvin.

Technology Challenge and Photo Contest

2011 Photo Contest Winner – Mars Hill College

"Many Hands Make Light Work" 

Eleven men working together to move a one thousand pound log, beginning the revival of a trail at a historically African American school that is in the process of being restored into a community and cultural center.

Taken on January 22, 2011 at Anderson Rosenwald School Project Site (Mars Hill, NC)
2010 Photo Contest Winner – Angelina Community College

“The Little Helper”

Taken on January 18, 2010 at the Phi Theta Kappa Upsilon Rho Children's Book Drive
(Dunbar Elementary, Lufkin, Texas)

Through the grant, we facilitated a Technology Challenge and Photo Contest.  Below are the outcomes. 

2011 Tech Contest
4
finalists (Fayetteville State University, Lewis-Clark State College, Missouri Southern State University, University of Washington)
Total votes nationwide = 16,878
Winner = University of Washington (WA) with 45% of the votes

2011 Photo Contest
T
otal votes nationwide = 11, 296
4 finalists (Duke University Mars Hill, Miami Dade College)
Winner = Mars Hill College (NC) with 47% of the vote

2010 Technology Contest
Total votes nationwide = 14,0555 finalists  (Appalachian State University, Central Piedmont Community College, Fayetteville State University, Missouri Southern State University, NC Wesleyan College)
Winner = Appalachian State University (NC) with 48% of the votes

2010 Photo Contest
T
otal votes nationwide = 2014
3 finalists  (Angelina Community College, East Carolina University and the University of Southern Mississippi)
Winner = Angelina Community College
(TX) with 37% of the votes

2009 (Technology Contest only)
T
otal votes nationwide = 11,922
6 finalists  (Appalachian State University, Bucknell University, Kansas State University, Miami University, University of South Dakota and Virginia Tech)
Winner = Bucknell University (PA) with 57% of the votes