America Serves and Remembers

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Wendy Spencer

Ambassador Ron Kirk and Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, joined AmeriCorps NCCC members at a Washington,DC area service project on September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. (CNCS Photo, 9/2012)

In the aftermath of September 11th, we came together as a country to show that we were there for each other. This year's National Day of Service and Remembrance once again reminded us of that unity.

Service can be a healing experience, and I was honored to work at a service project in Seat Pleasant, Maryland alongside so many dedicated individuals, including veterans who served our country so proudly.

This project reflected the best of partnerships, as AmeriCorps NCCC Atlantic Region members joined with representatives of MyGoodDeed, The Mission Continues, and the Volunteers of America-Chesapeake in making a difference.

Together, we made repairs and landscaping improvements to an apartment complex that offers supportive services and resources to economically disadvantaged individuals and families who seek a path to economic opportunity.

I also wanted to share with you examples of the impact the CNCS family made across the country. See below for media coverage of the great work we did last Tuesday.

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Wendy

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Projects and ceremonies took place in all 50 states. So many moving and inspirational stories of the impact you all made came in that only a fraction could be presented in the highlights below:

  • Joplin, Missouri, a community that has suffered the devastation of a natural disaster, sent volunteers to the community of Minot, North Dakota to aid with that community's disaster recovery effort.
  • In Clarksville, Tennessee over 700 volunteers came together to complete 15 community-enhancing projects throughout the area.
  • The Foster Grandparent Program of Abilene, Texas surprised Abilene Police Department dispatchers with some sweet treats in gratitude for serving their country after September 11th.
  • Eric Totty, an AmeriCorps Fellow in Baxter, Arkansas, joined firefighters in reading to children about the importance of September 11th.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA members across Montana spent days collecting toiletries and other high demand items for local non-profits, including Northwest Veterans Food Pantry, Samaritan House and the local VA clinic.

9/11 Volunteer Reads to Children

Eric Totty, an AmeriCorps Fellow, reads a book about 9/11 to Mountain Home Kindergarten students on Tuesday. Totty and Mountain Home Fire Chief Ken Williams both read to the students. Kevin Pieper/The Baxter Bulletin

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