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Belmont Awarded Grant for MLK Service Projects

The Corporation for National and Community Service has awarded Belmont University a $1,000 grant to complete two MLK Day of Service projects on Jan. 14 in conjunction with Lipscomb University and Tennessee State University.

Each campus plans to recruit 100 student volunteers to be evenly distributed at community service projects with Feed the Children and Red Cross.

The grant will be used towards the purchase of supplies for the projects as well as transportation, T-shirts and lunch for volunteers.

“We are so excited to be partnering again with TSU in the project and to have Lipscomb on board this year.  The opportunity for diverse student populations from our three universities to come together in service to our community is a fitting tribute to Dr. King’s dream,” said Tim Stewart, Belmont’s director of service learning.

The Belmont community also has an opportunity to assist The American Red Cross with fundraising to create comfort kits, which are given to disaster victims, for the 2012 MLK Day of Service. Group buying website Sharing Spree will donate $1 towards the MLK Day of Service for each registration by Dec. 2, and 5 percent of those future purchases to The American Red Cross. Click here to read more on Belmont’s participation in 2012 MLK Day of Service.

During the 2011 MLK Day of Service, more than 190 students from Belmont, Lipscomb, Tennessee State and Vanderbilt universities volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank to sort through pallets of detergent and non-perishable food, pack over 2,500 backpacks with food for children on free and reduced lunches, pack 5,000 lbs of meat and raise awareness by hanging posters around Nashville.