Service for Peace’s Third Annual September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
Service for Peace’s Third Annual September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2011 will be a collaboration with the following organizations throughout the country: The Home Depot, Louisville Fire Department, Meijer, AARP, Miami-Dade Park & Recreation Department, Florida International University, Miami-Dade College, Barry University, University of South Florida, EarthCorps, City Year, YMCA Earth Service Corps, Nature Consortium, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Parks and Recreation, The Stamford (CT)Public School System, Bridgeport Public Schools, Norwalk Public Schools, University of Bridgeport, Domus, Citigroup, The Connecticut Area Health Education Center, and National Association for Black Veterans.
Service for Peace’s service activities during our Third Annual September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2011 will focus on landscaping, painting, and beautifying our nation’s firehouses and local parks. The service activities will also commemorate the losses on September 11, 2001 and honor the service and sacrifices of those who have responded since that day by:
- Including a reflection activity and picnic at service sites during our Saturday projects to reflect on the power of service to overcome differences;
- Partnering with local fire departments at 50 locations in seven states (Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia) to complete firehouse beautification projects in honor of our first responders; and
- Collaborating with local park and recreation departments in three states (Florida, Connecticut, and Washington) to accomplish park beautification projects in honor of servicemen.
Last year during our Second Annual September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, 21 firehouses raised the American flag at 9:50am (when the second tower was hit) to honor the servicemen and victims of September 11, 2001. This year, The Home Depot will be donating $50,000 and 50 American flags to participating firehouses to continue this tradition on September 11 during the annual service activities; by 2012, Service for Peace and The Home Depot will expand this initiative to 200 projects, engaging a total of 4,000 volunteers.
The number of volunteers expected to serve in our Third Annual September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2011 is between 1,500 to 2,000 volunteers at a total of 60 projects in ten different states.
Volunteers are expected to accomplish the two following goals during Service for Peace’s Third Annual September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2011: (1) to gain a better understanding of the needs and challenges of our first responders by working hand-in-hand with them at firehouses and parks throughout the country, and (2) to foster community unity by serving their neighbors and honoring the lives of servicemen.
Service for Peace will promote our Third Annual September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2011 by:
- Conducting an active social media campaign using Facebook, Twitter, and blogs;
- Sending E-mail blasts to volunteers who serve with us on MLK Day of Service and other service days throughout the year;
- Working with our network of schools and universities to create awareness and engagement; and
- Collaborating with The Home Depot media team to hold joint press conferences and to distribute press releases to media outlets throughout the Southeast.
Service for Peace will track and document the number of volunteers who served in this project by utilizing our MLKChallenge.org site, printing sign-in sheets for each site, and training project coordinators at each project site to properly collect the data and submit it to the Service for Peace office. All data will be submitted to the Corporation by 5:00pm on September 14, 2011.