Points of Light Foundation
Martin Luther King Service Day Initiative 2012
Dr. King said, "whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be." Through service, Points of Light and HandsOn Network help individuals see that we have a vested interest in helping one another and in addressing the serious social issues that continue to plague our society.
Veterans, service members and their families face unique challenges and increased risks on all sorts of measures, including education, employment, behavioral health, family strength, and life skills. As a community, Veterans and Military Families are suffering disproportionally, and POLI is making Veterans and Military Families a priority in 2012.
Our efforts will target communities across the country, and We will engage 40,000 volunteers on and around the 2012 MLK Day of Service. Preference for subgrants will be given to applications that include projects that address the needs of veterans and military families. 6 subgrants will go to Affiliate and non Affiliate (at least 50%) grantees - 2 grants of $30,000 (Leadership Grants) will produce at least 10,000 volunteers; 4 grants of $15,000 (Signature Grants) will each generate a minimum of 5,000 volunteers. In addition to the MLK day volunteer activation, the $30,000 grants will each include obligations to build the capacity of at least 2 local veteran serving organizations to increase their volunteer engagement year round by a minimum of 10%
We will provide significant training and technical assistance to subgrantees, affiliates, our youth service division, local and national service groups, and other external partners. Subgrantees will engage local nonprofits to design and support MLK Day projects throughout their communities with the support of trained volunteer leaders and volunteers.
Outcomes will include increased annual capacity for volunteer engagement in programs that serve vulnerable populations (including veterans and military families), increase direct service to vulnerable populations, and increase local collaboration and coordination of these services. Impact areas will focus on alleviation of the issues of poverty, education and veterans' services.