ATLANTA, (Sept. 9, 2011) – Habitat for Humanity affiliates and campus chapters across the U.S. will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks through service and volunteerism.
In 2009, the U.S. Congress passed bipartisan legislation, signed by President Barack Obama, which formally recognized Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Thanks to the tireless efforts by the 9/11 families and community, nonprofits, governments and businesses that support them, the day reclaims the legacy of Sept. 11 and creates a permanent, positive tribute to all those lost and those who rose in service.
Pictured left-right: Airmen 1st Class Alexander Sharek of the U.S. Air Force, Charlie Wahlig of Habitat of the Chesapeake and Dominique Wilson of AmeriCorps NCCC working together on the build site in Annapolis. ---(c)Habitat for Humanity/Steffan Hacker
“We are grateful to all the volunteers who will join us in this national day of service,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Through the spirit of volunteerism and neighbors helping neighbors, we can continue to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 as we build homes, communities and hope.”
The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is an initiative led by HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation division of Points of Light Institute and MyGoodDeed. Through the nationwide 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance initiative, Habitat for Humanity International is joining hundreds of other organizations around the country that are planning to commemorate Sept. 11 with community-based service programs.
“Sept. 11 is an extraordinarily powerful motivator for engagement,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Institute. “We must use this touchstone to unite and collaborate as never before to demonstrate that service and citizen engagement are essential to meeting the challenges before us.”
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, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than two million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org .