In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor the victims, survivors, and families of 9/11 through service-oriented programs.  “I will” became the mantra – a call to action to inspire Americans to remember by doing, to focus on the sense of solidarity that united us after the tragedy, and to turn a day of loss into a collective of positive acts.  People across the country may participate not only through volunteerism and service but by simple, personal acts of good – as easy as a hug or as dedicated as serving a meal at a shelter. The 9/11 Day of Service has come to symbolize the culmination of our nation’s enduring unity, engaging millions of volunteers and communities each year.

HandsOn Northeast Georgia and RSVP at the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) are partnering to bring the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance to Northeast Georgia.  Join the millions of Americans who will serve this September 11 by engaging in one of the following local initiatives benefiting veterans, military families and local public safety officers:

  • Assist the Athens-Clarke County Police Department in the Forensics, Domestic Violence, and Crime Prevention Units.
  • Get your hands dirty on a beautification project with the Oconee County Fire Department and the 9/11 Memorial at Station 8.
  • Donate personal care items for the Northeast Georgia Homeless Veterans Shelter.
  • Write a letter to military personnel through Operation Gratitude.
  • …Or get creative and tweet your own “I Will” service pledge using the hash tag #911day.

Donations and letters may be dropped off anytime between now and September 11 at Community Connection on 1865 W. Broad Street, Suite C or at the Athens Community Council on Aging on 135 Hoyt Street in Athens, GA.  For more information about the service projects, a list of suggested donation items, and additional drop off locations, please visit www.handsonnega.org or call 706-353-1313.

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