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United We Serve Project Announced for 9/11

August 21st, 2009

The Governor’s Office, the Maine Commission for Community Service, and the City of Bangor are planning a service project in honor of 9/11. Governor Baldacci will join us to kick off the event. 9/11 is a Day of Service and Remembrance and a part of the United We Serve Campaign promoted by the Obama’s. Together with community volunteers, Maine AmeriCorps members, and National Civilian Community Corps members we will cleanup and restore a park in the Park Wood Transitional Housing area in Bangor.   

We are looking for volunteers to clear underbrush, plant perennials, create a picnic area, and mark plants in the area. We are also looking for donations of picnic tables, benches, perennials, food for volunteers, and materials to make signs that label plant life. Contact Rochelle Runge at rochelle.runge@maine.gov or 287-8933 if you can help.

WHEN: September 11, 2009 from 2:15-6pm WHERE:  Park Wood Transitional Housing area. 1201 Union Street, Bangor
WHY: The housing area is for people and their families who were homeless or on the verge of homelessness.  While tenants in the development, they learn life skills and with the help of the various programs, work towards independence. The park is in need of TLC to make it inviting and safe for residents and families in the community.

The United We Serve effort put forth by President Obama focuses on the environment, safety, and community renewal. The President and Mrs. Obama have invited Governors and communities to come together for a nationwide service initiative called United We Serve. Governor John E. Baldacci accepted the President’s invitation to participate in this summer long initiative and on June 22nd he joined children at Camp Tracy to plant an organic vegetable garden. The September 11th project is part of this initiative and we hope it will encourage citizens to volunteer in their communities throughout the year. 

Please join us for this joint initiative of the Governor of the State of Maine, the Maine Commission for Community Service and the City of Bangor as we remember those who lost their lives on 9/11 and celebrate them in service. 

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine\'s volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers, raising awareness, and encouraging an ethic of service. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at www.maineservicecommission.gov.