Cesar Chavez Foundation
Martin Luther King Service Day Initiative 2012
This project will engage 10-25 community-based subgrantees in underserved areas to actively honor Martin Luther King through a day of service on Martin Luther King Day in January 2012 and in the following seven months. A network of new partners will be recruited through a competitive sub-granting process to involve up to 1750 committed and energetic volunteers in serving their communities on Martin Luther King Day and during the full project year to achieve even greater community impact. The project will address the strategic area of education, targeting five states (AZ, CA, NM, OR, TX) with low educational achievement that have large Hispanic populations, for whom educational attainment is also below average. The project year will be from Notice of Award in mid-September 2011 until September 29, 2012. Sub-grantees will conduct service activities from mid-January through August 31, 2012.
Planned outcomes and accomplishments include: 1) 10-25 new project partners in the 5-state region in the West will honor the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through service activities; 2) Day of Service activities will be completed during the 2nd week of January 2012 involving 750 community volunteers; 3) Sub-grantees will implement ongoing service learning activities between January 16 and August 31, 2012 involving 1000 volunteers; 4) The project will bring the MLK Day service opportunity to smaller, rural communities such as Somerton, AZ, Shafter, CA and Pharr, TX and some larger cities; and 5) participating volunteers will confirm that they value and plan to do community service throughout their lives. Outcomes will be measured through monthly reports, monthly teleconferences and at least one site visit per subgrantee.
This project will provide for at least 10 subgrantees with projects in the five targeted states: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas. The Cesar Chavez Foundation will select at least 10 subgrantees from the five targeted states. We expect to have at least one project per state to assure geographic diversity, assuming at least one viable application per state is received.
The Cesar E. Chavez Foundation is eager to lead community partners in underserved areas in honoring Dr. King's life and legacy which closely align with Cesar's own values that emphasize service and change through non-violence.