Portraits of Service: Washington DC Serves on September 11th

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This past weekend, hundreds of thousands of Americans participated in service projects to pay tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11. In all 50 states, volunteers turned out to paint and refurbish homes, run food drives, spruce up schools, reclaim neighborhoods, and support and honor veterans, soldiers, military families, and first responders.

In Washington DC, the Corporation for National and Community Service joined a number of projects across the city – everything from creating care packages for homeless veterans to working shifts at a local food pantry. Here's a look at what kept us busy:

Volunteers create a wall mural in the library of West Education Campus, a K - 8 public school in Washington, DC. The volunteers were at the school as part of a September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance event organized by HandsOn Greater DC Cares and U.S. Vets -- United States Veterans Initiative. The event was attended by over 200 White House and Corporation for National and Community Staff and their families. (Corporation photo by Sam Kittner, 2011)

A volunteer writes a thank you letter to the troops at a September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance event organized by HandsOn Greater DC Cares and U.S. Vets -- United States Veterans Initiative. The event was attended by over 200 White House and Corporation for National and Community Staff and their families. (Corporation photo by Sam Kittner, 2011)

An AmeriCorps NCCC member creates math puzzles for local students at a September11th National day of Service and Remembrance service fair. The event was organized by Serve DC and Greater DC Cares as a Tribute to Service: Honoring the Victims, Survivors, and Heroes of 9/11. (Corporation photo by Steven E. Purcell, 2011)

Volunteers apply a fresh coat of paint to a veteran's apartment as part of a September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance event organized by HandsOn Greater DC Cares and U.S. Vets -- United States Veterans Initiative. Among the many services it offers, U.S. Vets provides transitional and affordable housing for veterans struggling to adjust to civilian life. (Corporation photo by Sam Kittner, 2011)

A volunteer creates a 'seed of inspiration' - a seedling in ball form, plantable by tossing into a green space or empty field. The event was organized by Serve DC and Greater DC Cares as a Tribute to Service: Honoring the Victims, Survivors, and Heroes of 9/11. (Corporation photo by Steven E. Purcell, 2011)

Volunteers prepare painting supplies for a wall mural in the library of West Education Campus, a K - 8 public school in Washington, DC. The volunteers were at the school as part of a September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance event organized by HandsOn Greater DC Cares and U.S. Vets -- United States Veterans Initiative. The event was attended by over 200 White House and Corporation for National and Community Staff and their families. (Corporation photo by Sam Kittner, 2011)

A young volunteer addresses an honor card to military families & active duty service members at a September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance event. The event was organized by Serve DC and Greater DC Cares as a Tribute to Service: Honoring the Victims, Survivors, and Heroes of 9/11. (Corporation photo by Steven E. Purcell, 2011)

A volunteer creates scarves to be included in packages for homeless veterans at a September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance event organized by HandsOn Greater DC Cares and U.S. Vets -- United States Veterans Initiative. The event was attended by over 200 White House and Corporation for National and Community Staff and their families. (Corporation photo by Sam Kittner, 2011)

Volunteers create no-sew scarves for homeless veterans at a September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance event in Washington, DC. The event was organized by Serve DC and Greater DC Cares as a Tribute to Service: Honoring the Victims, Survivors, and Heroes of 9/11. (Corporation photo by Steven E. Purcell, 2011)

A volunteer with HandsOn Greater DC Cares expresses her can-do attitude at a September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance service fair. The event was organized by Serve DC and Greater DC Cares as a Tribute to Service: Honoring the Victims, Survivors, and Heroes of 9/11. (Corporation photo by Steven E. Purcell, 2011)

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