Michigan Volunteers Make Big Impact on September 11

Volunteers painting

On the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Michiganders united in service in the same remarkable way that so many came together following the attacks.

The Michigan Community Service Commission, along with the Michigan Nonprofit Association, supported six volunteer projects to honor 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance that addressed disaster preparedness and supported first responders, veterans and military families.

Through these projects, 700 volunteers served more than 3,500 hours.

“We were proud to partner with great organizations to provide opportunities for volunteers to serve on September 11,” said Ginna Holmes, executive director of the Michigan Community Service Commission. “Seeing the power of volunteerism to make an impact across the state is truly inspiring.”

  • In Pigeon, more than 400 Laker Elementary School students had the opportunity to engage with 22 local first responders. Students were able to learn about the first responder’s service and ask questions. Local police, firefighters and health care officials also read “hero” books to the children.
  • More than 3,000 people participated in the Scout Salute event in Grand Rapids with over 500 youth participating in a disaster preparedness demonstration that included; an introduction of the devastating events of 9/11, CPR lessons, what to do if there is a fire in your home and engagement with local police.
  • In Lansing, Habitat for Humanity Capital Region volunteers and local members of the United States Army and Lansing Police Department volunteered their day working on exterior repairs and painting two houses.
  • In Muskegon, 400 volunteers served at 16 different locations for service projects helping veterans.
  • The Barry County United Way hosted a “Youth Day” and helped families created a safety binder.
  • Volunteers with Madonna University hosted a campus food drive for veterans living in Piquette Square (transitional living for former military personnel).