11/09/2009 06:36

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

 Dear Partners in Service,

Thank you for showing your commitment to service by participating in United We Serve. Your contributions this summer in addressing pressing needs in communities across the country and your continued service make you a leader in this movement.

As we approach the end of the summer phase of United We Serve and recommit to service as a nation, we must remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001 that inspired Americans to come together in a remarkable spirit of unity and compassion. Eight years later, we are asking for your help to continue to honor the victims and heroes of that day through the first federally recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

This designation is the culmination of years of work led by the 9/11 community, including family members and support groups, who came together to create this observance as a way for the nation to forever remember the lives of those lost and injured, and pay tribute to those who rose in service following the attacks.

This September 11, President Obama, the Corporation for National and Community Service, MyGoodDeed, ServiceNation, and 9/11 families and service organizations will call on all Americans to remember the tragic events of September 11 and to voluntarily serve in honor of the heroes of that day. 

We’re asking for your help to spread the spirit of service this 9/11. Here are several ways your organization can get involved:

  * Post Your Volunteer Opportunity: You have already helped others get involved in service. Continue to be a volunteer organizer by identifying an unmet need in your community, developing a service project, and engaging others who are interested in the same issue area by posting your volunteer opportunity onServe.gov.

  * Recruit New Volunteers: Spread the word and ask five new volunteers(friends, family, faith group members, colleagues, book club attendees, etc) to pledge to serve with you on 9/11, either at an event you already know of in your community or through a new opportunity you find together at Serve.gov. Use thisletter from the President and First Lady to help inspire others to action.

  * Tell Your Story: Tell us how you personally expanded the service movement by reaching out to your network. Share your story at Serve.gov. Use social media tools to spread the word about service and energize your own network.
  o Become a fan of Serve.gov on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Tell us how you plan to serve on 9/11. Participate in conversations to help encourage service.
  o Post videos of your service activities on our Serve.gov YouTube page.
  o Visit 911dayofservice.org to pledge what you will do on 9/11. 

Thank you for your commitment to strengthening our nation through service.

Yours in Service,

United We Serve Team
Corporation for National and Community Service





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