Service For Peace
"Military veterans are much more likely to be homeless than other Americans." (Welch, William M. "Veterans more likely to be homeless, study says." USA Today. 2011). Working with the National Guard we have found out that many military families are under extra stress due to the weak economy.
Service For Peace, a 501c3 nonprofit service-learning organization with programs in 15 countries and 26 states, seeks the 2011-2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service grant award from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Service for Peace is requesting a total of $600,000 over three years (or $200,000 in year one). Service for Peace was an intermediately grantee for the 2006-2008 and 2009-2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service grant cycles that led to the program's national expansion.
Service for Peace will engage and support the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of American society, including veterans/military families by:
1. Planning, implementing, and overseeing service projects in ten-12 different states in year one;
2. Establishing and maintaining a minimum of 400 projects, including 100 projects that support and engage the wellbeing of veterans and military family members, in year one;
3. Engaging a total of 20-25,000 volunteers throughout the country, including a total of 2,500 veterans and military family members, in year one; and
4. Implementing a unique Service for Peace "Story of Service" educational component in 50 projects that allows military veterans to share their personal stories of service, and show how these stories exemplify Martin Luther King, Junior's vision of peace through service.
SFP will identify best practices for the development of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service program through evaluative research, and contribute this data toward the replication of successful service and learning practices.