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Maine AmeriCorps Marks 20 Years with 9/11 Service

September 10th, 2014

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100 AmeriCorps Members and Alums to Descend On Lewiston/Auburn September 11, 2014

Lewiston, Maine September 9, 2014 - It may look something like an occupation the morning of September 11, 2014 when an estimated 100 plus AmeriCorps Members and Alums from all across the State of Maine converge on Marcotte Park in Lewiston, Maine.  AmeriCorps is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2014 and the Maine Commission for Community Service has organized a statewide National Day of Service project to commemorate the event.  The National Day of Service and Remembrance was originally launched in 2002 with support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations.  This effort first established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks - turning tragedy into a celebration of the human spirit.

This year there are over 550 AmeriCorps members working at locations all across the state meeting education, environmental, health, economic and other needs in communities across Maine.  In the 20 years since AmeriCorps was created, more than 5,500 Maine residents have served more than 7.6 million hours.  On September 11th, however, this year's members will be tackling a retention pond, a cross-country trail, and high school grounds for the City of Lewiston, as well as Sherwood Forest for the Androscoggin Land Trust. They'll be joined by some AmeriCorps Alums who still live in Maine, as well as members of the Board and Staff of the Maine Commission for Community Service.

All of the volunteers will gather for lunch at Marcotte Park in Lewiston at 12:30 p.m. and they will also be disbursed from that spot in the morning between 930am-1000am.  The Colisee is providing parking for everyone. Supporting donors are L.L. Bean, Cabot Cheese, Big Lots Augusta, Home Depot, and Shaw's Augusta.

FMI contact service.commission@maine.gov or call 207.624.7792