Broward College is committed to serving the community.  The College’s annual initiative to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to help the local community and inspire people to volunteer their time to improve the lives of others. Over the past five years, Broward College, in partnership with the MLK Day of Service Advisory Board, has awarded $1,089,500 in grant funding from the Florida Legislature for 185 projects and over 13,753 volunteers have logged 66,809 hours.

Giving back to Broward County

Broward College employees on MLK Day of ServiceThe MLK Day of Service funds different projects from education to support for veterans. During the 2019 MLK Day of Service, projects also included neighborhood improvement, health promotion, the environment, disaster preparedness, and public safety.

In 2019, the College awarded $200,000 to 47 community organizations, out of 106 applications received. 3,710 volunteers, a 21 percent increase from 2018, contributed a total of 18,592 hours across 27 municipalities. These projects served a total of 29,500 K-12 and college students and 5,044 veterans.

During the MLK Day of Service, Broward College’s faculty, staff and students worked alongside community members in projects that exemplify the College’s motto of ‘Together We Serve.’

Making an impact

Broward College faculty, staff, and students are essential to the projects carried during the MLK Day of Service. Out of 47 community projects, three were led by faculty, staff, and students. They work tirelessly to make a profound impact on the communities they serve.

The City of North Lauderdale recognized Lulrick Balzora, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Social Behavioral Sciences & Human Services pathway, along with several other College’s faculty and employees on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 for their efforts to beautify the campus of Pinewood Elementary. During the three-day project, Balzora and his team painted the school’s exterior and did some landscape work.

“This recognition by the City of North Lauderdale confirms the appreciation for the relationship we built by helping and volunteering at the school. And it also assures that it’s not just a one-day thing, but rather a long-term commitment to the city and the community,” says Balzora. In addition to the campus improvement project, Balzora’s students will provide tutoring for Pinewood Elementary students during the semester.

“The biggest takeaway we have from MLK Day is that giving back is important all year round. It inspires us to make volunteering a part of our lives,” says Balzora.

Recognizing the value of service

On March 1, 2019, the College hosted an awards ceremony to honor all the participating organizations for their efforts and service to the community. YMCA of South Florida was recognized for having the most volunteers registered and the most hours logged.

The 2019 MLK Day of Service improved the life quality of many in our community, watch a recap here.

For more information on project funding and how to volunteer for future events, visit the MLK Day of Service website.