Clarksville, TN – For the third consecutive year, Volunteer Clarksville, now a program of the United Way of Clarksville, will commemorate the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks by providing more than 800 volunteer opportunities through the annual Serve to Remember event.
Volunteers are needed to take part in Serve to Remember’s more than 25 community-enhancing projects, including maintenance work to the Warrior Garden at the Fort Campbell U.S. Army installation, the painting of remembrance tiles by youth and seniors, a ‘pajama drive’ benefitting the Safe House Domestic Violence Shelter, a number of cleanup projects at area parks and nonprofits and more.
Volunteers can view all service projects and register to volunteer here.
These local Serve to Remember projects and initiatives are made possible through a partnership between Volunteer Clarksville and Hands On Nashville.
“We are so honored to organize the third annual Serve to Remember event,” said Volunteer Clarksville’s Rita Arancibia. “Serve to Remember not only engages volunteers in meaningful activities, it provides an opportunity for our community to salute its hometown heroes and show appreciation for troops deployed from Fort Campbell through service.”
“Hands On Nashville is proud to be once again be a part of this important and inspiring volunteer service initiative,” said Hands On Nashville President and CEO Brian N. Williams. “Volunteers’ commitment to honor and remember 9/11 victims through community service showcases Clarksville-Montgomery County citizens at their best, while advancing Middle Tennessee’s culture of service.”
Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and support groups began to seek a forward-looking tribute to honor the sacrifice of those lost and pay homage to those who answered the call for service in response to the tragedy.
By encouraging Americans to participate in service and remembrance activities on the 9/11 anniversary, family members wanted to provide a productive and respectful way to honor those who perished and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that swept our nation after the attacks to help meet the challenges we face today.
September 11th was designated a national day of service by the 2009 Kennedy Serve America Act. The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual event, working with hundreds of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide, including Hands On Nashville.
In 2011, Hands On Nashville was awarded a $25,000 September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support the Serve to Remember program in partnership with Volunteer Clarksville through 2014.
About Hands On Nashville
Since 1991, Hands On Nashville (HON) has been connecting volunteers to critical needs facing the Middle Tennessee community, like hunger, homelessness and environmental protection. In 2012, HON connected 117,500 volunteers to more than 4,000 service opportunities, making it one of the largest volunteer resource centers of its kind in the world. Offering more than 400 volunteer opportunities to the community each month at HON.org, Hands On Nashville challenges everyone to find a way to give back and to … Be the Change. Volunteer. For more information, visit www.HON.org or call 615.298.1108.
About Volunteer Clarksville
Volunteer Clarksville is a program of the United Way of Clarksville that places volunteers in service throughout Clarksville-Montgomery County. For more information, visit www.volunteerclarksville.volunteerhub.com or call 615.504.0285.
About The Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service each year through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and other programs; improves communities through the Social Innovation Fund; and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit nationalservice.gov.