Congratulations Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez Day Mini Grant Recipients

Oregon Volunteers has chosen to help fund exciting projects across the state that support the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Cesar Chavez. A total of $7589.42 in funds will be distributed to 13 projects: eight for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and five for Cesar Chavez Day.



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Mini Grant Recipients

Mary Flanigan & Elizabeth Reich: AmeriCorps HOPE and Human Dignity Coalition
Mary and Elizabeth will host an open mic night at a local restaurant featuring story telling and tabling with a focus on appreciation of diversity and the life and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

Nancy Loso: Clara Barton VISTA and HandsOn Greater Portland
Nancy will engage community volunteers and residents to refresh the Volunteers of America Men's Residence Center with new paint in 11 rooms.

Lyndsey Tucker: AmeriCorps HOPE and Lane County Department of Children and Families
Lyndsey plans to improve a youth space for Lane County Department of Children and Families by engaging adults and youth in paining the space to reflect youth interests and choices. The event will include music, and an educational presentation.

Sasha Brown: AmeriCorps HOPE and Outside In
Sasha will work with transitional youth to create a book of stories and poems that will then be presented in an assembly to Chief Joseph Elementary School students to learn from one another and understand the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

Erin Greene: Oregon State Service Corps and Community Partners for Affordable Housing
Erin will engage the community and youth through the improvement of a community center and playground to launch them as the location for after school activities.

Sami Fournier: Clara Barton VISTA and Bend Community Center
Sami will help host a Bike Shed Service Day to fix and maintain bikes for the homeless community while connecting the community in a Martin Luther King Jr Day reflection period.

Jeannie Ramsey: Building Bridges VISTA and Linn Benton Food Share
Jeannie will plan a food drive using volunteers stationed at local grocery stores in Corvallis and Albany to collect food benefiting the Linn Benton Food Share. A reflection period on the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr will follow the event.

Kristine Rouska: AmeriCorps HOPE, LOVE Inc., and Boy Scouts of America Crew 777
Kristine will bring the community together to create handmade blankets, pillows and inspirational cards to be delivered to the homeless in the community.

Jesse Nichols: AmeriCorps NWSA and The ReBuilding Center
Jesse will work with volunteers to construct a community gathering space on LaEsperanza Farm in Forest Grove, including grape trellis and a series of cob benches. The event will also include a vegetarian meal made from food on the farm.

Katie Condit: Heart of Oregon and John Tuck Elementary School
Katie will work with at-risk YouthBuild young adults to create an informative coloring book on the life and works of Cesar Chavez. They will then present the story aloud while the 2nd and 3rd graders color and enjoy a harvest celebration afterward.

Sarah Haley: Community Services Consortium and Linn Benton RSVP
Sarah will join RSVP volunteers and high school art students to learn about Chavez and create an original art piece reflecting their interpretation of Chavez’s teachings. Elementary school students will then copy this art through a grid system to ultimately create a 50-foot mural for their school and at a local restaurant.

Ashley Cobb (OSSC AmeriCorps) and Lauren Eccker (AmeriCorps VISTA): Oregon Health Career Center and Woodburn High School
Ashley and Lauren will host a community health fair at Woodburn High School including presentations and information for both students and the public.

Roopika Subramanian: RARE/Klamath Lake Community Action Services and Klamath Sustainable Communities
Roopika will gather the community through a service and education event including a build day for a new community garden to include construction of 26 raised beds, a community potluck and presentation on the history of farm worker movements.



Tell us about your event

If you're hosting an Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Chavez Day event at your organization, send a quick note to tell us know about it. Email Dana Ziolkowski at [email protected]




Posted on November 30, 2010 in Events.