November 21, 2016
Collaborative Awarded AmeriCorps VISTA Grant
Non-profit Agency Given the Opportunity for Capacity Building
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – September 12, 2016, the Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative, through its AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) grant application, was awarded a one-year opportunity for 3 AmeriCorps Vista Volunteers to assist with capacity building and expansion of agency services.
According to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s acting Georgia State Director Robin R. Corindo, “AmeriCorps VISTAs are addressing some of the toughest challenges facing the nation today, like ending veteran homelessness, addressing chronic unemployment, and ensuring children and families have access to healthy food. They are also tackling new challenges like community resilience in the face of natural disasters while using 21st-century skills in science, technology, engineering and math to find new solutions for deepseeded problems. To date, more than 200,000 people have served as AmeriCorps VISTAs, and last year almost 7,800 VISTA members supported more than 1,100 projects around the country, assisting the 46 million Americans who still live in poverty today.”
About the Collaborative – The Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative, also known as the Collaborative, is a community-based agency that opened its doors in 2013 and is named after Martin Luther King Sr., who was affectionately called “Daddy King,” from within the community. The Collaborative earned its non-profit 501(c)3 status in 2015 and is comprised of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Casey Family Programs, Operation Hope, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and WorkSource Atlanta. In keeping with its namesake’s tradition of community enrichment and empowerment, the Collaborative houses all of its agencies under one roof and collectively offers vital wrap-around resources and social-service programs to residents in the Old Fourth Ward, King Historic District and surrounding areas. The five key target service areas of the Collaborative are: Children and Family Services, Educational Achievement, Workforce Readiness, Housing Education Services and Family Economic Success.
“I am excited to report that our Collaborative had an amazing 2016 year in service to the community and I am honored to lead this great organization! We are humbled and grateful for the support that we receive daily from our partnering agencies, sponsors and the community as a whole. It is our commitment and goal to expand and strengthen our current resources and services, while continuously providing and exceeding client expectations and offering superior customer service,” stated the Collaborative’s Executive Director, Detria Russell.