DCR, Division of State Parks
FY 2012 National Day of Service and Remembrance Grants
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION DIVISION OF STATE PARKS
9/11 DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE PROJECT
SUMMARY: Our project will begin with a comprehensive training component. Key staff will participate in an intensive professional development event to build their capacity to recruit and mobilize military veterans and their families to participate in 911 Day of Service events. The second part of our project will consist of habitat restoration conducted by military veterans and their families in nine state parks in the Chesapeake Bay gateway area. Three military families will be invited to spend two days within each park participating in volunteer activities. Virginia State Parks will provide each family with accommodations in a fully functional cabin during their stay. The projects they complete will deepen their understanding of environmental stewardship, and provide future generations with the benefits of the improved health of our most important watershed.
OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES: 49 volunteer management staff will participate in professional development and recruit 270 military veterans and their families to participate in the Virginia State Parks National Day of Service and Remembrance Projects.
GEOGRAPHIC AREAS: Military and veteran families will volunteer for habitat restoration at Belle Isle, Caledon, Chippokes Plantation, First Landing, Kiptopeke, Leesylvania, Mason Neck, Shenandoah River, Westmoreland, and York River state parks.
VOLUNTEERS ENGAGED: 270