2015 MLK Day of Service

Many people joined the local movement of people who honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 19, 2015, by serving the community instead of just taking a day off.

Through funding from the Florida Legislature, State College of Florida provided opportunities for a 2015 Day of Service for service projects in the areas of Bradenton, Palmetto and Sarasota within District 70. Click here to view a District 70 map. SCF worked with existing community agencies to blend with and enhance already planned events and programs.

2015 Projects

Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation of Manasota Inc. will provide middle and high school students from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to gain personal and educational enrichment by way of workshops, mentoring, and leadership development for boys and girls in grades 6 through 12. Event: 8:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at Robert Taylor Center, 1845 34th St., Sarasota.

Beauty Plus Network plans to have a "Caregivers Wellness Retreat" with the goal of providing respite services to caregivers. Services such as manicures, makeup, massages and hairstyling will be offered by licensed professionals. Event: noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at Real Vision Barber Academy, 917 26th Ave. E., Bradenton, and noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at The Pines, 1501 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota.

Bethel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will host a resource and health fair 12-4 p.m. Jan. 17 at North Sarasota County Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota. Genesis Health Services Inc. also will provide free oral and medical screenings to 75 children and adults in the community.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County Inc. will honor the legacy of Dr. King by providing breakfast and giving away 300 backpacks filled with school supplies at 8-10 a.m. Groups from local churches will provide workshops. A youth basketball tournament will be held 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Event: Jan. 19 at the Palmetto Boys and Girls Club, 1600 10th St. W., Palmetto.

Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group Inc., a well-established mentoring program in the Newtown community primarily serving at-risk black boys, will have a march, and provide bag lunches to citizens in the lower socio-economic areas of Sarasota County's (District 70). This project is a youth-led effort. Event: Jan. 19 plus two times every quarter of the year in two low socio-economic neighborhoods.

Daughtrey Elementary School will sponsor a three-phase event. Phase 1 will include taking 12 students and chaperones to Birmingham, Ala., to visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and 16th Street Baptist Church. Phase 2 will be a fresh vegetable giveaway to the community, coupled with a cooking exhibition on how to make healthy meals from fresh vegetables. Phase 3 will include promoting the school's community garden as an ongoing resource for the community. Events: Jan. 16 through 19 in Birmingham and at the Daughtrey Community Garden, 515 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton.

Diamondz in the Rough plans to have a community "Peace Rally" in Manatee County following years of unprecedented violent crime in the East Bradenton community. The effort brings together community organizations, including health departments, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP), law enforcement agencies and businesses. This project is a youth-led effort. Event: noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at East Bradenton Park, 1119 13th Ave. E., Bradenton.

Educational Consultants Consortium Inc.(ECCI) will start Manatee County's first S.T.E.M. community-based center, serving primarily at-risk students. The project will include a cleanup of the Anna E. Gayle Center, 2112 Third Ave. E., Palmetto, which will house the S.T.E.M. center, equipped with computers and a computer charging cart. In addition, ECCI plans to take a group of students to Florida Polytechnic University in Polk City. Event: before Jan. 26, 2015.

Eternity Temple First Born Church Inc. and a host of community supporters will establish a community garden in an area considered a "fresh food desert" by Manatee County and the Manatee County Health Department. Event: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at 716 29th St. E., Palmetto.

Equality Early Childhood Literacy will give away 200 educational books to disadvantaged minority early learners in Manatee County. Event: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 19 at Lincoln Memorial Park, 501 17th St. E., Palmetto.

Family Heritage House Inc. (FHH) plans to have an event to educate the community on the importance of preserving family and cultural history. FHH is planning a trip to Selma, Ala., to visit the sites where Dr. King came to national prominence. Event: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at Rogers Community United Methodist Church, 1100 15th St. E., Bradenton. Sponsors: FHH, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Rogers Community United Methodist Church. Schedule: 10 a.m. to noon, preserving family and cultural history; noon to 1 p.m., lunch; 1 to 3 p.m., children's games, giveaways, books, prizes and food.

Florida Studio Theatre(FST) will have a "spoken word project" with the goal of forging new bonds with community members using a multi-generation approach. FST plans to host a discussion about community issues and solutions for the Newtown and Sarasota communities 4-6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the North Sarasota County Library. A final multi-generational performance will be presented to the community at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the North Sarasota County Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota.

Manatee County NAACP will offer a forum for open dialogue between law enforcement, the public defender's office and the community. Event: 9 a.m. Jan. 19 at the 13th Ave. Dream Center, 922 24th St. E., Bradenton, plus another one in April, date to be determined.

Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School will take its fifth-grade class to Atlanta, Ga., where the students will visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the King Center, and the Children of Courage exhibit. The trip is set for Jan. 16 to 18. The school also has coordinated with several community organizations to have a veteran's celebration on Jan. 19 at Manatee Veterans Monument Park near Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton.

Ortygia Restaurant will feed 600 low-income people beginning at noon on Jan. 19 at the restaurant, 1418 13th St. W., Bradenton.

Peace Education and Action Center Inc. will implement an art therapy program for low-income residents of the Newtown community. Events: Jan. 5, 19 and 24, and March 28, at Fogartyville Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota.

Practical Home Economics/Health Literacy Project will help feed the homeless and disadvantaged in the Newtown community. The organization will also offer spiritual support and information on healthy lifestyles. Event: 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 19 at Mount Sinai SDA Church, 525 Leonard Reid Ave., Sarasota.

Redeemed Christian Center will have a "Unity in the Community Resource and Wellness Rally" to offer free food, games, community-based resources, and give away backpacks and school supplies. Event: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 24 at Just For Girls, 1011 21st. St. E., Bradenton.

Sarasota-Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi Project Guide Right Inc. plans to renovate its community house to ensure that local community organizations can meet and support their programs in a safe and comfortable environment. The project will be completed in phases that include renovating the community house bathroom, adding a fence and security system, and installing an air conditioner in the main meeting room. The last phase will include presentations by local students. Event: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the community house, 1726 26th Ave. E., Bradenton.

Sarasota MLK Celebration Committee will sponsor the 17th annual MLK Celebration, which will take place over several days starting Jan. 15. There will be a breakfast, educational panels and discussions, a celebration in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, a community service roundup, and family literacy circle. The park is at 1625 MLK Way, Sarasota.

Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences will start a school-based community garden to teach students how to grow efficient, nutritious and delicious food. Project begins Jan. 19 and lasts several months at the school, 645 Central Ave., Sarasota.

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church will establish a free basic computer class and a series of workshops geared toward senior citizens. The church, which has partnered with local assisted living facilities, also plans to establish a computer lab that will be open to the community. Project begins 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the church, 525 MLK Ave. E., Bradenton.

State College of Florida Diversity/Multicultural Awareness Committee will renovate the playground and teen room at the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota by bringing together diverse members of the community to support the effort. Event: 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 19 at the Roy McBean Club in Newtown, 1790 21st. St., Sarasota.

Strength In Action Inc. will provide 300 backpacks and educational supplies to disadvantaged youth of Manatee County. Event: noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at East Bradenton Park, 1119 13th Ave. E., Bradenton.

Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church will initiated an annual scholarship and mentoring program for students deemed at-risk who have been accepted into and are attending college.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., in cooperation with the Five Pearls of Excellence Inc., will support the initiation of project "S.K.I.P.E.," a service-day project dedicated to the children of incarcerated parents. Workshops, an essay contest, door prizes and lunch will be offered Jan. 16, with more sessions and lunch tentatively scheduled for June 2015.


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