The National Day of Service and Remembrance is a federally-recognized day of unity and charitable service on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. It is a day where we can honor and remember those who perished on 9/11 by giving our time and our resources to help our community.
With Tuesday, September 11 next week, now is the time to start planning how you can mark the day. One opportunity to consider is the volunteer recruitment fair put on by the Macomb Community Action Office of Senior Services. The fair will bring together approximately 30 local organizations and nonprofits looking to share their volunteering opportunities with individuals, groups and businesses that want to give back to the community. It is a free event for the public and will be held on September 11 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Rd, Clinton Township.
“We’re excited to offer this event for potential volunteers to come out and learn about the wide variety of volunteer opportunities available in Macomb County,” said Nicole Urban, program manager for the Office of Senior Services. “When you volunteer, you find that you get back so much more than what you put into it. It is very rewarding and fulfilling.”
Another simple way to give back to the community can be found through the OneMacomb website. The county recently organized a listing of local service organizations that meet regularly to work on community projects and to volunteer. From the Kiwanis Club to Rotary International, this directory covers organizations with diverse missions and values. So if you’re interested in giving your time in this manner, click here to learn more.
All told, both opportunities present the option of volunteering and giving back to your community year round – a commitment that certainly honors the legacy of those we lost on 9/11.
September 11 was designated a national day of service by Congress in 2009. The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual event, working with 911Day.org and hundreds of business, nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations and schools nationwide to encourage residents to volunteer starting the weekend before September 11.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.