MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Murfreesboro’s Patterson Park Community Center was awarded a Day of Service grant of $50,000 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service, to implement Project Dream in support of MLK Jr. Day of Service. This award will support MLK Jr. Day service activities in 2021, enabling more local residents to unite in volunteer service.
From July 2020 to January 2021, the Patterson Park Community Center will take the lead, along with volunteers and community organizations, to plan and implement MLK Jr. Day of Service activities and events designed to encourage all residents in the City of Murfreesboro and surrounding Rutherford County, Tennessee communities to engage in volunteer opportunities, discussions, community beautification projects, emergency crisis preparedness, food bank assistance and self-empowerment workshops.
Project Dream will promote the MLK holiday on January 18, 2021, as a "Day On” and not a “Day Off” and encourage the community to get involved. There will be a focus on coordinating and enhancing existing activities, creating community beautification projects, and expanding volunteer engagement by joining forces with the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties to increase promotion of volunteer opportunities and build nonprofit volunteer capacity to sustain acts of volunteerism for positive community change.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service inspires hundreds of thousands of Americans to come together to serve their community. This day of service helps to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, address social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a more beloved community.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is supported by the CNCS, which engages millions of Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps and AmeriCorps programs and leads volunteer and civic engagement initiatives for the nation. For more information, visit nationalservice.gov.