National Service Members Honor September 11th through Service

Contact: Marissa Perry (406) 444-9077
September 9th, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National Service Members Honor September 11th through Service
AmeriCorps State and VISTA, and Senior Corps host projects across the state

Helena, MT – In honor of the September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance, National Service members serving with AmeriCorps State and VISTA, and Senior Corps are hosting seventeen events and service projects statewide to commemorate 9/11 victims, survivors, and emergency responders.

In communities across the state from Kalispell to Miles City and from Dillon to Havre, National Service participants are coordinating efforts with community organizations to host a variety of projects and events. Projects include a harvest for seniors in Miles City, free shredding events in Bozeman and Missoula, a service day at the Great Falls Community Food Bank, and a disaster response simulation at the University of Montana. National Service members are also assisting in efforts to thank local emergency responders and commemorate veterans.

A full list of service activities can be found at serve.mt.gov.

Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) AmeriCorps VISTA members are teaming up with children in the United Way after school program and the Children’s Museum to write thank you letters for local first responders. The letters, along with treats donated by a local donut shop, will be delivered to firefighters and police officers on 9/11 Day.

"We wanted children to learn about the firefighters' heroism on 9/11 as well as connect them with their own Bozeman firefighters by encouraging them to make thank you cards and pictures,” said the MTCC VISTA members serving with Blackstone Launchpad at Montana State University. “We'd like to thank all those who made this possible for helping us show our support as a community."

In Hamilton, a member of the Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) AmeriCorps program serving with the Bitter Root Water Forum is organizing a project along the Cameron River to combat high water temperatures. She is asking for help from community members.

"This is a great project to see restoration work in progress and where you can play a huge part in its success. We will plant around 500 plants along Cameron Creek - all of which need browse protection - every pair of boots on the ground helps," said Carolyn Prescott, the BSWC member.

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with helping to support this effort across the country.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes National Service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.

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