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December 31, 2012

Grants offered for MLK Day of Service projects

PLATTSBURGH — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?”’

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

The Martin Luther King Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the president’s national call-to-service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to the most pressing national problems.

The North Country Regional Volunteer Center, located at the United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc., is marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Monday, Jan. 21 — by promoting volunteerism throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

The North Country Regional Volunteer Center is offering seven mini-grants worth up to $300 that will be awarded to nonprofit agencies, organizations and groups with the purpose of doing projects that use volunteers.

There must be a clear benefit to the community at large, a nonprofit organization or a person affected by an adverse situation.

One agency or group from each county will be awarded a mini-grant. If there is no application from one of the seven counties, the award will be given to an agency in another county.

Find the application at, under the News Releases tab.

Or call 563-0028 or email Larry Pickreign at

The application deadline is Jan. 11.

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