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.
Last year in Utah, a $2,000 grant was awarded to four connector organizations in diverse geographical regions in the state who will partnered with local nonprofit organizations in creating projects that occurred between September 1-12, 2012, commemorating the National 9/11 Day of Service.
The Commission issued four grants for the 9/11 National Day of Service to Weber State University Community Involvement Center, Salt Lake Community College Thayne Center for Service, Cache Volunteer Center, and United Way of Northern Utah. The grants totaled $8,000. Over 2,102 volunteers worked on a variety of service projects, donating a total of 7,301 hours.
In 2013, UServeUtah has granted out over $15,000 to 9/11 Day activities, serving in communities across the state. A sampling of these projects is listed below:
Cache Valley Volunteer Center – Celebrate America! We will kick off the intergenerational project that will be taking place all year by having students from Wilson elementary and potential adopted ‘grandparents’ from local senior centers come together and enjoy an evening of sharing and remembrance.
The Volunteer Connection – On Sept 11 there will be a project to put together school kits for children of service men and women. In partnership with the National Guard, American Legion , and American Legion Auxiliary groups the school supply drive will take place within the Six County Region including Sanpete, Sevier, Millard, Juab , Piute, and Wayne Counties.
United Way of Utah County – We have selected two Two Title 1 schools in Provo School District that have a need for improvement in third grade reading levels. In both schools volunteers will be reading with children and leading activities that apply the skill depicted in the books. The books will be then donated to the classroom for the students and the teachers to use through out the year and for the following years.
South Valley Sanctuary – This project will aid us in serving victims of domestic violence. We will be reorganizing out donations into a boutique in the shelter, so the individuals we shelter will be able to pick out their own clothing , shoes and personal items in a way that is empowering.
Join one of these fine projects or pledge to do a good deed on your own at http://www.911day.org/.