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AmeriCorps Alums Announces 9/11 Grantees!

July 18, 2011

September 11, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of this tragic day in our nation’s history, and this year’s commemoration activities are being organized on a scale never before seen.  Nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations are joining forces to make this a national and historic effort, and some of the key goals include: inspiring millions of American’s to re-engage in civic commitments, building 9/11 into a unprecedented annual catalyst for ongoing citizen engagement, creating a constructive legacy that forever honors the victims of 9/11 and the heroes who responded to the tragedy, and promoting cultural and interfaith understanding.

As part of that effort, and thanks to the generous support of Points of Light Institute and HandsOn Network, AmeriCorps Alums is pleased to announce $10,000 in grant awards to our AmeriCorps Alums chapters.  Five AmeriCorps Alums Chapters are each being provided with $2,000 grants to focus on projects and activities that directly impact education, disaster preparedness, and/or veterans and military families.  This year’s grantees are as follows:

  • Des Moines Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums
    On September 11th the Des Moines AmeriCorps Alums Chapter will host the first annual September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance Community Walk, engaging more than 250 veterans, active duty members, military families, emergency responders, and community members in a two-mile walk “in the shoes of a soldier” along a path lined with American flags, quotes, and statistics about September 11th.  Throughout the week leading up to the signature event, in partnership with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service Iowa State Office, and the AmeriCorps*NCCC campus in Vinton, the Des Moines AmeriCorps Alums Chapter will lead a statewide initiative to collect winter coats for homeless veterans and  items for military children and youth.  To educate children who have no memory of September 11th, the chapter will also host an educational event and service project with Community! Youth Concepts.
  • North Texas Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums
    In partnership with Entrepreneurs for North Texas, the North Texas Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums will engage 300 community members in service and reflection activities to commemorate 9/11 Day of Service. The North Texas Chapter will commemorate 9/11 Day by honoring the lives of those lost during a special opening ceremony that also honors our military veterans and currently serving members.  The service projects will occur on several sites throughout North Texas and will include the likes of the Texas Trees Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Innercity Community Development Corporation (ICDC), the African American Museum and the City of Dallas. 
  • St. Louis Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums
    The St. Louis Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums, in partnership with United Way of Greater St. Louis, will remember and honor the events of September 11, 2011 by mobilizing at least 250 volunteers to serve in East St. Louis, Illinois. On Saturday, September 10, 2011, AmeriCorps Alums will pay tribute to veterans and military families by volunteering at the annual Patriot’s Day celebration.  On Sunday, September 11, 2011, the AmeriCorps Alums Chapter of St. Louis will partner with the City of East St. Louis and local schools, churches, and community agencies to conduct a large-scale street clean up, distribute disaster preparedness information, and repair homes of seniors on Sunday, September 11, 2011.  AmeriCorps Alums will serve as service leaders, using their AmeriCorps experience and volunteer management training to organize high-impact projects and lead community volunteers through a meaningful and enjoyable day of service.
  • Utah Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums
    Commemoration of those who were affected by the events on 9/11/2001 is central to the heart of this 9/11 service project.  The Utah Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums will have three speakers address the volunteers before they begin their service, including George Van De Water, an AmeriCorps VISTA alum and military veteran;  Colonel Keith Squires, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and retired colonel of the Utah Highway Patrol; and Brian Garrett who is 1st Vice Chair of the Utah Commission on Volunteers, the Vice President of Zions Bank, and is a retired Senior Master Sargent from the US Air Force Reserve.  Volunteers will write hand written thank you notes to those currently deployed and also participate in a video tribute that will be filmed on site during the service project.   Project volunteers will also assemble 72-hour survival/disaster preparation kits to distribute to families of deployed soldiers.
  • Western New York Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums
    On the 9/11 National Day of Service the Western New York Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums, in partnership with The Service Collaborative of Western New York (TSCWNY), will join with the WNY Veterans Housing Coalition (WNYVHC) to serve those who have served our country. The WNYVHC is a staple in the Buffalo and WNY community; providing housing to veterans, especially those with special needs, the organization seeks to provide case management and program services to individuals who might otherwise face homelessness. For these reasons, TSCWNY knows that this partnership will be a great benefit to the community and veterans on the 9/11 National Day of Service and in the future. TSCWNY believes that every individual should have the opportunity engage in volunteer activities that are meaningful and provide significant impact in the community they serve. This event highlights the legacy that forever honors the victims of 9/11 and the heroes who responded to the tragedy.
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