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Carroll Cares profile: St. Joesph Catholic Community's MLK Day On

The Community Foundation of Carroll County unveiled the Carroll Counts online competition last week.

Seven nonprofits are competing for funding that will help specific projects.

Each dollar donated to the Community Foundation of Carroll County through http://www.carrollcounts.org will lead to a single vote for a donor's favorite project.

When voting ends, funding will be distributed proportionally based on the number of votes received.

This week, the Times will be profiling the seven projects and the nonprofits attempting to raise money for them.

Name of Organization: St. Joseph's Catholic Community

Name of Project: MLK Day On

What the project is: MLK Day On is a service day dedicated to helping those less fortunate in the community. First held this past January at St. Joseph's Catholic Community in Eldersburg, the project began as an idea for a youth ministry member's Eagle Scout project. More than 250 participants gathered together on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to work on a series of different projects throughout the day.

How the project will help community: Projects worked on by participants included making casseroles for Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, blankets for hospital patients and flower arrangements for nursing home residents. The projects may change annually depending on the need of the community and ideas generated by the MLK Day On Planning Committee, according to carrollcounts.org.

Individuals who participate in this project will go away knowing they have made a difference in the lives of others by what they have created or accomplished, according to the project's website.

Quotable: "Service days have been started in different places in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.," said Bob Sutliff, of St. Joseph's Catholic Community. "He wanted people to serve rather than just sit back and do nothing."

Other Notes: St. Joseph's Catholic Community is currently working on gathering supplies and volunteers for next year's MLK Day On. Volunteers are encouraged but not expected to make a $5 donation upon registering. St. Joseph's is hoping to generate $2,500 for materials for the project.

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