Board of Regents of the UW System, UW-Extension - WiCC
In order to broaden the impact of the MLK Day of Service, increase and promote volunteering, and address specific community issues surrounding education, healthy futures, and disaster preparedness, Wisconsin Campus Compact (WiCC) will be launching the 2012 MLK Collegiate Challenge.
The 2012 MLK Collegiate Challenge will mobilize college students across the country to collaboratively engage with community partners in service centered around education, healthy futures, and disaster preparedness & awareness in their local communities on January 16, 2012.
The purpose of the 2012 MLK Collegiate Challenge is to mobilize students, community members, and community organizations to observe MLK Day not as "day off" but a "day on". The focus of the 2012 MLK Collegiate Challenge remains on the MLK Day of Service and the activities that will take place on that day. However, during the mini-grant application process, special emphasis will be placed on and preference given to applicants who assure the selection committee that the volunteers that they recruit for their MLK Day projects make a long-term commitment to service to increase their impact in their communities and throughout their country. This will be done by:
-connecting MLK Day volunteers to new community organizations - preference will be given to those who have multiple community organizations as co-applicants.
-encouraging the volunteers to sign a pledge to commit to 100 additional hours of service throughout the next year.
-connecting MLK Day volunteers to other service opportunities that will take place before or after the day of service. (For those applicants who plan to emphasize disaster services in their local community on the day of service, an alternative break to a place affected by a disaster would be an opportunity to continue their commitment to service.)