Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
MLK Challenge


2016 MLK  Day of Service Community Partnership Project 

North Carolina Campus Compact is pleased to announce the southern region grant recipients for 2016. All national and State Campus Compact members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia were eligible to apply. Mini-grants support service activities that alleviate hunger and support veterans.  A total of $18,500 in funds has been awarded.  

2016 Southern Region Grantees:

Appalachian State University (NC)
Auburn University  (AL)
Belmont University (TN)
Berry College (GA)
Fayetteville State University (NC)
Florida International University (FL)
North Carolina Central University (NC)
Old Dominion University (VA)
Pensacola State College  (FL)
Pfeiffer University (NC)
Queens University of Charlotte (NC)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (NC)
Wake Forest University (NC)
West Virginia University (WV)
Winthrop Univeristy (SC)

NC Campus Compact is 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. Learn more here:  

Iowa Campus Compact hosted two technical assistance webinars.  You can view the recordings here

The purpose of the MLK Day Community Partnership Project is to mobilize college students, community members, and community organizations to observe MLK Day not as "day off" but a "day on." The project will provide 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 will also support veterans by connecting them with community or campus services, or supporting community organizations that serve veterans.

If you have questions, please contact Leslie Garvin


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