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Event Details

R.O.C.K. of Hope

Where:

GulfportMississippi

When:

Jan. 21, 2013

What:

For this year’s MLK Day of Service on January 21, 2013, the AmeriCorps members of Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast will partner with the Resilience of Coastal Kids (R.O.C.K.) Foundation.

R.O.C.K. is a 501(c)3 organization started by five women on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Its mission is to raise awareness of and make a difference in the lives of innocent children, newborn to 18 years old, who have been victims of abuse and neglect. These children have been taken from their homes for various reasons and placed in the homes of foster parents or in local youth shelters. The main goal of R.O.C.K. Foundation is to help these children adjust to their new living situations by providing every child that comes into the system with new outfits and personal items. The foundation has started a storage bank of clothes, shoes, toys, and other items for the children donated by local businesses and individuals.

At this time, the office and storage units that are being used to house the donations are in need of organization so that the space can be used efficiently and supplies can be obtained for the children in need in a more efficient matter.

As part of our efforts to help organize the office and storage facilities at The R.O.C.K. Foundation, we will also be building locking cabinet doors for storage shelves.

Dr. King recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals. Through his words and examples he challenged individuals to take action and lift up their neighbors and communities through service. This MLK Day of Service project is our way of taking action in our community. Through our work as AmeriCorps members, we have learned that being a good neighbor means being dedicated to improving the places we call home. With our help, The R.O.C.K. Foundation can strive and supply more children in our community.