Serve to Remember

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September 11 National day of Service and Remembrance

 A community answers the call to serve.

There is no day in history that has the same power to unite us in service like 9/11.

September 11th is a day when we remember how we love our country. This is a time to put aside differences and join together as a community to create unity, acceptance, and show appreciation for those who have served our country.

Clarksville, TN knows first-hand about the commitment to service that so many made and continue to make following that fateful day of September 11, 2001.  We are a military community, home to Fort Campbell, the only Air Assault Division in the world; and the Army’s famed 101st Airborne Division, fondly called the “Screaming Eagles”.  Fort Campbell is located on the Tennessee-Kentucky border and is also home of two prestigious Special Operations Command Units, the 5th Special Forces Group and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.  There are 30,000 active duty soldiers as well as almost 60,000 family members living in the Clarksville-Montgomery County, Tennessee and the Fort Campbell, Kentucky area. These soldiers are often living more than 7,000 miles away from their wives, husbands, children, parents, friends and neighbors while serving our country.

Organizing this year’s 9/11 remembrance activities has a very special meaning for our community.  During the past 12 months, Ft. Campbell has experienced the highest fatality record since the conflict began in 2001. Many of the 101st soldiers and their families ended a year-long deployment this summer. An opportunity to bring a community of volunteers together in service to honor the extraordinary sacrifices made by so many brave individuals here at home and globally, rekindles the spirit of compassion and helps us heal.


The 2011 “Serve to Remember” project is being organized and led by Hands on Clarksville (HOC), a program of Hands on Nashville. Hands on Clarksville meets needs directly in our community through volunteerism, and by mobilizing, promoting, developing, implementing and evaluating meaningful volunteer opportunities. 

Clarksville’s  “Serve to Remember “ activities will be held in partnership with the Clarksville Fire & Rescue, Rossview High School Football Players, Ajax Turner Senior Center, New Providence Head Start, Daymar Institute, The Hispanic Organization of Progress and Education, The Nonprofit Partnership Network, Clarksville Downtown Civitan , Teacher’s Warehouse, Altra Federal Credit Union employees, Miller-Motte Technical College, Austin Peay State University Service Learning & Leadership Program, Montgomery County Parks and Recreation, Kurve  Ryders (a group of Ft. Campbell soldier volunteers) Fort Campbell community services programs, L.E.A.P, Youth Program, and various civic and faith groups throughout the community.


HOC’s goal is to engage a minimum of 600 volunteers in various service activities from September 1-11, 2011. A variety of service opportunities will be organized throughout the weeks, ensuring community volunteers of all ages, ethnicities, and abilities have the chance to give back throughout the Clarksville-Montgomery County and Fort Campbell communities.

Service opportunities may include:

  • Serve meals to the homeless and hungry through Manna Café Ministries.
  • Rossview High School Football Team will assist senior citizens with simple home chores and yard work.
  • APSU Service Learning Students will work with Parks and Rec to clean parks and recreation areas.
  • Paint remembrance murals.
  • Participate with the Fire and Rescue department in their remembrance event on 9/11.
  • Assist with minor repairs for local domestic violence shelter.
  • Altra Federal Credit Union Employees will hold clean up days at local homeless shelters.
  • Fill needs of veterans and active duty service through Wounded Warrior referral program.
  • Miller-Motte students will sort and stock local food pantries.
  • The Kurve Ryders will work in community gardens.
  • Read to children at the local library.


The community will learn about “Serve to Remember” through news stories created by local media and press releases. Partner organizations will also publicize the project through newsletters, social media and their websites.

Nonprofits, businesses, civic groups, faith organizations, and other groups can register their 9/11 Day volunteer projects on the Hands on Clarksville website. Project/activities will be posted on the Hands on Clarksville volunteer calendar at This service event will be marketed through Hands On Nashville’s e-newsletter, Hands On Call, which reaches 30,000 volunteers. In addition, projects can be highlighted on Hands On Nashville’s Facebook page which has more than 27,000 followers.

Volunteers may sign up for specific tribute opportunities listed on the website. Volunteers registering with Hands on Clarksville will be tracked through the website. All volunteers not registered via the HOC website will be documented and tracked by participating groups and submitted to Hands on Clarksville staff no later than 4:00 pm September 12, 2011. These individuals will be manually added into HOC’s database post project. This will enable reporting to capture the full impact made by all volunteers during the service period.


Hands on Clarksville will provide all organizations, business and partners with a “Serve to Remember” toolkit to help them promote and track their service activities and volunteer participation. This toolkit will include:

  1. A sample letter that can be used to communicate to volunteers and employees about “Serve to Remember” opportunities.
  2. Links to resources to help implement successful 9/11 tribute projects.
  3. Sign in sheets for organizations to capture their volunteer participants during the service window.

Any grant funds received as a result of this submission will be used to expand service activities for 9/11/2012 – 9/11/2014.

Reports will be submitted electronically to CNCS officials by September 14, 2011, 5PM EDT.