Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service


For the 2017 MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project, North Carolina Campus Compact served as the technical assistance provider for grantees in the southern region. The Corporation for National and Community Service awarded a grant to Iowa Campus Compact to manage the Community Partnership Project which funded service projects that working toward alleviating hunger and supporting veterans. Other technical assistance providers include Campus Compact of the Mountain West, New York Campus Compact, and Wisconsin Campus Compact. Three NC Campus Compact member institutions -  NC Central University, Pfeiffer University, and UNC Greensboro - were among 40 colleges and universities across the U.S. that were awarded grants through the project. 

Pictured above: Pfeiffer University students, faculty, staff, and President Colleen Perry Keith, worked to create a community garden. NCCC Executive Director (far left) even joined.  

In 2016, North Carolina Campus Compact served as the coordinator of MLK Day Community Partnership Project for the southern region. NC Campus Compact was a subgrantee of Iowa Campus Compact along with Campus Compact of the Mountain West, New York Campus Compact, and Wisconsin Campus Compact, through funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Nationwide the project recruited 39,281 volunteers throughout the U.S. 10,175 veterans were served and 189,276 pounds of food were distributed to Americans in need. 

The purpose of the MLK Day Community Partnership Project was to mobilize college students, community members, and community organizations to observe MLK Day not as "day off" but a "day on." The project will provided mini grants to colleges around the nation for service projects that leverage volunteers to organizations that work to mitigate food insecurity, such as collecting donations for food banks, helping establish community gardens, or packaging meals for donation, among others. Mini grantees also supported veterans by connecting them with community or campus services, or supported community organizations that serve veterans.
Fifteen campuses in the southern region, including seven in North Carolina, received mini-grants totaling $18,500 to support service activities to alleviate hunger and support veterans.  The NC schools included Appalachian State University, Fayetteville State University, NC Central University, UNC Greensboro, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, and Wake Forest University. 

Non-NC mini-grantees included: 

Auburn University  (AL)
Belmont University (TN)
Berry College (GA)
Florida International University (FL)
Old Dominion University (VA)
Pensacola State College  (FL)
West Virginia University (WV)
Winthrop Univeristy (SC)

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 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
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
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
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)
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