August 31, 2009
First Official September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
(Topeka, KS)--The Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas Volunteer Commission and Corporation for National and Community Service Kansas State Office are partnering for the first official September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance, a day established by President Obama and Congress to honor the sacrifices of 9/11 heroes, and engage more Americans in serving their communities.
“In the days, weeks, and months following the attacks, thousands of people in the United States and other nations spontaneously volunteered to help support the rescue and recovery efforts, braving both physical and emotional hardship,” said Michael Laverty, Corporation for National and Community Service State Director. “This 9/11 is a great opportunity for individuals to remember those by serving.”
In April, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and officially recognized September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance for the first time. This September 11, Americans will join together in service projects across all fifty states and re-commit to serving their communities.
September 11, 2009 will mark the first milestone in the United We Serve initiative, President Obama’s nationwide initiative to create a sustained, collaborative, and focused effort to meet community needs. The day will be an opportunity for all Americans to recommit to volunteering throughout the year. The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that improves lives and strengthens communities through volunteering and service.
The three partners are encouraging citizens, schools, organizations and community groups to commemorate the day by planning or participating in service projects and acts of kindness during the week of September 7-13.
What schools can do
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has developed commemorative materials for the eighth anniversary of the attacks, highlighting the themes of service and volunteerism. The center piece of the materials is a short film, The Spirit of Volunteerism: 9/11 and Beyond, which tells the story of the outpouring of compassion and volunteerism in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, as well as the commitment to service that 9/11 continues to inspire. The accompanying discussion guides and activity suggestions are designed to encourage students to work together to commemorate 9/11 by participating in acts of service.
What organizations can do
Plan service activities on 9/11 and spread the word by using the media tools available the United We Serve website at Serve.gov. Organizations can also recruit volunteers by posting their 9/11 service projects on the database. Organizations may choose to hold a one-day traditional service activity like a park clean-up or a health fair or they may choose to launch an on-going volunteer project like a weatherization project or hunger relief program.
What individuals can do
Individuals looking for service opportunities on or around 9/11 can visit Serve.gov, a website that allows visitors to type in their zip code to find local volunteer opportunities or find ideas for creating new projects with family, friends and neighbors. In addition, individuals can share stories of how they plan to serve on 9/11 and beyond.
“One of the best ways to honor the heroes of 9/11 is by reaching out in service to others,” said Shelby Hoytal, Executive Director of the Kansas Volunteer Commission. Governor Mark Parkinson has also signed a proclamation declaring September 11, 2009 “Day of Service and Remembrance” in Kansas. By serving on September 11, we hope more Kansans will make an ongoing commitment to volunteering throughout the year.
For more information, contact;
Shelby Hoytal, Executive Director
Kansas Volunteer Commission
Kansas State Department of Education
120 SE 10th Ave
Topeka, KS 66612