WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2009) –Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the country wrapped up the “United We Serve” initiative today and hosted special build events with volunteers in observance of the first-ever National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Habitat for Humanity organizations and campus chapters commemorated the day by hosting events in their local communities.
President Obama signed federal legislation on Apr. 21, 2009, that established the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The purpose of the day is to encourage acts of service on Sept.11 each year.
During the United We Serve initiative, Habitat for Humanity helped more than 21,000 volunteers serve their communities through 335 volunteer projects. This summer, Habitat volunteers from across the country participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge, an alternative school break program that offers youth a way to help build homes. Thousands of volunteers also joined United We Serve through Habitat’s “A Brush with Kindness,” a renovation program focusing on home repairs such as painting, landscaping and weatherization, and exterior clean-up.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org  .