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First Official 9/11 Day of Service a Success!

September 15th, 2009

Bangor – The Governor’s Office, the Maine Commission for Community Service, and the City of Bangor took part in the first official September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance, a day established to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 through acts of community service.

Together with community volunteers, Maine AmeriCorps members, the Maine Conservation Corps, and National Civilian Community Corps members we cleaned up and restored a park in the Park Wood Transitional Housing in remembrance of September 11.  More than 50 volunteers cleared underbrush, planted perennials, and created a picnic area.

The park received much needed TLC and is now an inviting place for residents and families in the community to gather. Park Woods housing is for individuals and 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. 

\"Maine citizens like the rest of the country have a history of moving beyond grief by serving in their communities in ways that honor the memories of the people who died\", said Maryalice Crofton, Executive Director of the Maine Commission for Community Service.  “This is the first time 9/11 has been marked by a nationwide day of service which we hope will bring people together in ways that build community.”

The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups, led by the organization MyGoodDeed, who worked to establish the service day as a way to honor those who died and to rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that followed the attacks. September 11 was officially recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance for the first time this year by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.

Lowes of Brewer donated many of the supplies necessary and made the Bangor project possible.  Among the projects planners were the Maine Commission for Community Service, the City of Bangor, and Park Woods Transitional Housing.   

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.