SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Sponsors MLK Day of Service Projects

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 5, 2016) — Through funding from the Florida Legislature, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will sponsor its fourth annual MLK Day of Service, joining a nationwide effort to transform the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into a day on which people make a difference in their communities.

SCF has awarded nearly two dozen service grants totaling nearly $84,000 for projects throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties. Many of the projects will take place on Jan. 16. The first project will occur Jan. 7 at Manatee Elementary School. All of the projects must be done by Jan. 23. The following projects were approved and are listed by project date:

  • The Manatee County Black Chamber of Commerce will support a financial education seminar through a partnership with Wells Fargo and open checking accounts for youth in the program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 7 at Manatee Elementary School, 1609 Sixth Ave. E., Bradenton.
  • The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County will buy 1,500 children's books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to distribute to early learning environments in Manatee County. The books will be given away at several locations, including the Manatee County Fair which begins Jan. 12; Just for Girls and the Kelly Brown Center.
  • Education Consultants Consortium will make improvements to the Kelly Brown Center, which operates a tutoring/guidance center and educates area youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The group will add two computers to the tutoring center and security features to the building, and invites the community to a read-a-thon from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Kelly Brown Center, 1701 Third Ave. E., Palmetto.
  • Florida Studio Theatre will have a series of spoken word workshops in partnership with ALSO Youth and the Palmetto Youth Center. The workshops will culminate in final presentations and performances on Jan. 15 and Jan. 20 at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, and the Palmetto Youth Center, 501 17th St. W., Palmetto.
  • The Chichi-Okobee C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution) will host a family-friendly youth genealogy event to help kids research their ancestry and report their findings from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. Jan. 16 at Children's Garden, 1670 10th Way, Sarasota.
  • Eternity Temple FBC Church will revitalize a play area and basketball court donated by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 16 at the church, 716 29th St. E., Palmetto.
  • The Five Pearls of Excellence will have an event for 25 men and women who are rebounding from homelessness or underemployment or who have been victims of violence. The group has partnered with 13 local organizations that will assist in skill building 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Robert L. Taylor Center, 1845 34th St., Sarasota.
  • Full Focus Photography will create “Living the Dream,” a photo documentary, by taking 20 portraits of successful community members 7-9 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
  • I Am More will give away 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to needy students in Manatee and Sarasota counties 9-11 a.m. Jan. 16 at Light of the World International Church, 3809 Chapel Drive, Sarasota.
  • Manatee County Habitat for Humanity will undertake a landscaping and gardening project beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 16 at City Life Church, 1300 17th Ave. W., Bradenton.
  • Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will paint and renovate flooring at Joseph's Storehouse Restoration Center, a nonprofit organization that works with homeless and returning citizens, beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 16 at the center, 1027 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.
  • Oneco United Methodist Church will buy supplies to be given out in its food pantry 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 16, at 2112 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton.  
  • The Rubonia Community Association will establish a free computer lab for the public 4-6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Rubonia Community Center, 1309 72nd St. E., Palmetto.
  • St. John First Baptist Institutional Church will provide safety and hygiene supplies to homeless and less fortunate members of the community 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 16,  at 1108 29th St. E., Palmetto.
  • St. Joseph Food Pantry will buy supplies to be given to needy families in the community 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Food Pantry at St. Joseph Church, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton.
  • Strength in Action will give backpacks and school supplies to youth in need in conjunction with local law enforcement. The group also will hold a forum with law enforcement 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 16 at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 1301 Second Ave. W., Palmetto. 
  • Turning Points will launch an ongoing program to provide free mammograms to women who have no insurance or whose insurance does not cover the screenings beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Bill Galvano One Stop Center, 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton. 
  • Intervention Before Crisis will establish a computer lab open to the community at no charge and also will revitalize an existing community garden 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at Mt. Carmel Resource Center,  1301 Second Ave. E., Palmetto.
  • Manatee County Master Gardeners will host a Plant-A-Pail program, which teaches residents in "food deserts" how to grow organic vegetables in above-ground buckets at their homes beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Rubonia Community Center, 1309 72nd St. E., Palmetto.
  • Rose's Bud Foundation will host "Passport to Literacy," an event to improve cultural awareness and a respect for diversity, and also create a mobile multicultural center that can be taken to various community events to heighten a respect for diversity, 5:30- 7: 30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Manatee Elementary School, 1609 Sixth Ave. E., Bradenton.
  • The Ivy Foundation will host an event for African-American youth to share the advantages of higher education and give information about historically black colleges and universities as an excellent place to gain an education and more cultural knowledge 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at the 13th Avenue Dream Center, 922 24th St. E., Bradenton.
  • The Palmetto Youth Center will enhance the Dream Checker program, which strives to develop character and improve career planning for the youth it serves at the center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at 501 17th St. W., Palmetto.

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