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Maine Service Organizations Bring I Will Campaign to State

August 10th, 2011

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance:

Maine Service Organizations Bring I Will Campaign to State

AUGUSTA, ME – As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, ten organizations led by the Maine Commission for Community Service are bringing a project conceived by families of 9/11 victims to the state.

Now officially a National Day of Service and Remembrance, the “I Will” initiative aims to inspire millions of people to volunteer and perform acts of compassion in tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and all who rose in service in response to the attacks, including first responders, recovery workers, volunteers, public safety personnel, and members of the military, and all of their families.

This form of tribute and the project were started in 2002 by My Good Deed, a nonprofit founded by David Paine and Jay Winuk after the death of Jay's younger brother Glenn, a volunteer EMT who was killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center south tower. In 2003, the group launched its campaign to formally and permanently establish September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under federal law.  With the passage of the 2009 Serve America Act, their dream became reality.

The groups working to promote “I Will” across Maine include United Way of Greater Portland, United Way of Eastern Maine, United Way of Mid-Coast Maine, United Way York County, Maine Library Association, Old Town Junior R.O.T.C., Maine Conservation Corps, HealthReach RSVP, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Knox/Lincoln, and Goodwill of Northern New England.  

“This means of honoring the heroes from that day is simple yet powerful,” said Eileen Buzzello, I Will coordinator at the Maine Commission for Community Service. “Each person decides what their volunteer service tribute will be and then registers it as a pledge on,” explained Buzzello. Individuals can fulfill their pledge any time between now and March 31, 2012.

Civic, fraternal, professional, student, nonprofit, public, and business organizations are invited to join the promotional effort. Through funding provided by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, the Maine Commission for Community Service is providing info cards groups can distribute in communities along with posters and a means of linking local websites with the “I Will” page on    

The Commission will compile tribute pledges and the service hours completed and then submit results to the national “I Will” site for inclusion in their project success story.

For information and materials, contact Eileen Buzzello at 207-624-6249 or by September 2.