Join the MLK Day of Service
Many people and organizations in the area chose to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 20, 2014, by serving the community instead of just taking a day off.
Here are the organizations that received grants to make a difference by doing a service project that benefits the community.
- April Childers Consulting LLC hosted individual workshops on "How to Grow Your Business" to increase the knowledge base of Bradenton and Palmetto business owners.
- Beauty, Health and Nature hosted a workshop to educate young women about hygiene and hair care at the Palmetto Youth Center.
- Black Entrepreneurs Club hosted a workshop to teach minority students how to start their own businesses and encourage their entrepreneurship efforts through mentoring.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County provided breakfast for 500 at-risk youth, families and the homeless at the Boys and Girls Club in Palmetto. Students also received backpacks filled with school supplies.
- Central Community Redevelopment Agency revitalized an existing park by installing a basketball goal, playground surface area, barbecue grill, trash receptacles and a new gazebo roof at Love Park in downtown Bradenton.
- Charisma Café and Teahouse hosted a "Mommy, Daddy and Me" tea party and activities, including family portraits, face painting, family-oriented games, art projects and storytelling.
- 201 Church of Christ hosted a forum for African-American and Latino males to address the importance of good mental and physical health.
- Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County Inc. encouraged parents to read with their children by distributing books to students that addressed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s values of community collaboration, nonviolence, volunteerism and social equality.
- Education Consultants Consortium Inc. renovated the Kelly Brown Center in Palmetto to create a safe environment for youth to participate in structured activities.
- JJ Frost Holdings Inc. hosted a culturally diverse vendor fair with an opportunity for community members or groups to express their cultural heritage in dance or spoken word at the Palmetto Youth Center.
- Sarasota-Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi provided computer literacy skills and training to increase students' overall academic performance and develop positive social skills through mentoring.
- The Ivy Foundation Inc. hosted a lunch and workshop at the Kelly Brown Center in Palmetto to provide basic computer training to veterans and homeless youth in Manatee County.
- Manatee-Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus offered an eight-week civics course for minority students to equip young people with the skills to become responsible voting adults.
- Natural Perfection Inc. provided a workshop at the Palmetto Youth Center to help young males and females develop healthy lifestyles that lead to improved quality of life and self-esteem.
- Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School sent fifth-grade students to the MLK museum in Atlanta, Ga., and inspired the student body to respect diversity and become ambassadors for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s ideals through a school courtyard revitalization effort.
- Ortygia LLC, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, Am Vets and Elder Services provided meals to elderly, disabled and special needs residents who live in and around the Village of the Arts community.
- Palmetto Youth Center hosted "Unity: the Path to the Dream," an essay and speech contest to help middle school and high school students understand the value of education and appreciate the diversity in the community.
- Redeemed Christian Center hosted a "Unity in the Community" celebration to promote respect for diversity, wellness and collaboration at Just for Girls in Bradenton. Underprivileged students also received school supplies.
- The SCF Collegiate School National Junior Honor Society and Diversity Club hosted "The Dream Preferred Project" workshops. Students also mentored, tutored and provided academic guidance to at-risk students in Manatee County.
- Simple Science Books Corp. gave 500 free science books to students and provided hands-on projects to increase students' interest in science and mathematics Jan. 17-20 at various locations in Bradenton and Palmetto.
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and Five Pearls of Excellence Inc. offered "Social Media: Are Teens Killing the Dream?" to explain how inappropriate uses of social media can limit teens' opportunities in higher education, employment, scholarships and military service.