Coe College awarded grant for MLK Day of Service Project

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2016-11-09 08:38:10 - General

Coe College is one of 40 colleges and universities across the U.S. awarded a grant as part of the MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project. Coe will use the $2,000 grant to partner with the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter in Cedar Rapids to provide programming to assist veterans with skills and training.

More than 60 institutions applied for the grants, which were awarded by Iowa Campus Compact (IACC). The MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project provides funding for service projects that help alleviate hunger and support veterans.

"We are pleased to receive this MLK grant and work with the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter to provide special programming to assist our veterans," said Coe Director of Community Engagement Kayla Lyftogt. "While Coe students have long been active with volunteerism on MLK Day, this grant provides Coe students with the opportunity to expand their outreach in new ways."

The purpose of the MLK Day Community Partnership Project is to mobilize college students, community members and community organizations to observe MLK Day not as "day off," but as a "day on."

"Iowa Campus Compact is excited and thrilled to fund these MLK Day of Service projects that value civic learning on the same level as community impact," said Justin Ellis, assistant director of IACC and manager of the MLK Day of Service grants.

Last year, the project recruited 39,281 volunteers throughout the U.S. In all, 10,175 veterans were served and 189,276 pounds of food were distributed to Americans in need.

The MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and supported by four other State Campus Compact partners: Campus Compact of the Mountain West, New York Campus Compact, North Carolina Campus Compact, and Wisconsin Campus Compact.

About IACC

IACC is an Iowa association of college and university presidents providing leadership for the civic mission of higher education. The group strengthens the capacity of its public, private and two-year institution members to prepare all students to become engaged citizens.

IACC was awarded a federal grant to manage the MLK Day Community Partnership Project in 2015. Resources for the recipients and more information about the project are available at

About Coe College

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.