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Michiganders encouraged to volunteer on 20th anniversary of 9/11

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The Michigan Community Service Commission is supporting 25 volunteer projects for the 9/11 National Day of Service honoring the 20th Anniversary of those we lost during the terrorist attacks on America.

The Michigan Community Service Commission, in partnership with AmeriCorps the Agency, is awarding $18,000 in grants to organizations to engage volunteers in service projects. The theme "Honor, Serve, Unite" is focused on volunteer service bringing Americans together to honor those we lost and were harmed. Around 3,500 volunteers across the state will serve in the projects to thank our first responders, veterans, active military, and healthcare workers who fight for our freedom and health and meet pressing community needs.

"On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Michiganders will honor those we lost by uniting in service," said Michigan Community Service Commission Executive Director Ginna Holmes. "We encourage everyone to find a way to serve others and make a difference in their community."

Below is a list of volunteer projects supported by the Michigan Community Service Commission:

Organization and Location

Date and Event Description

Contact/Sign up

Alcona Community Schools

Alcona High School 


9/10 - the school will honor alumni who have served in the military.  There will be a community tailgate party before the football game and there is a 9/11 Day of Service event at halftime

Open to Public to attend. 



Barry County United Way & Volunteer Center

Barry County, Michigan Multiple locations 


9/11-9/18 - Community is invited to write thank you cards for first responders and health care workers. Community members are welcome to deliver the thank you cards with a small appreciation gift. Goal is to have 1,000+ cards

To learn where the card pickup locations are, please email


Black Autonomy Network Community Organization

275 Pipestone Benton Harbor


9/10 Volunteers will host a bottled water distribution event for the city residents.  The city has discovered high lead levels in the water supply.

To sign up to volunteer, contact



Boys & Girls Club of Alpena

Alpena, MI


9/10 - Youth will create personal hygiene and care kits for those experiencing mental illness and homelessness

To donate items, please contact Catherine Knoch


Commerce Township Community Library

180 E Commerce Rd., Commerce Township, MI


9/10 - Food drive to benefit Hospitality House Food Pantry.  Public is invited to donate nonperishable foods

Items may be dropped off at the library during normal business hours.



Detroit Hives

4554 Woodhall St. Detroit, MI 48224


9/11 and multiple other days - Volunteers will create a pollinator garden with 400 plus native plants.  There will be an area clean up to beautify the area

To volunteer, contact Nicole Lindsey


Flood Clean Up in SE Michigan

Various dates.  Volunteer Groups (individuals, churches, corporate and others) are needed to work with organizations to clean up homes impacted by floods in Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland and Macomb Counties

To volunteer, please email

Flood Support Needed

Various dates. In response to significant flooding in SE Michigan, Volunteers are needed to donate meals for out-of-town volunteers responding to the flooding.  Cases of donated water and sports drinks are also needed

To serve/donate, please email

Four County Community Foundation



Various dates providing disaster support to the Village of Armada following a tornado.

To volunteer your help for Armada Village residents, contact         

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development



Volunteers will create kits including Veterans thank you kits, homebound senior kits, infant kits and food insecurity kits with United Way of Marquette

To donate items or help, please email


Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee Onsted, MI


9/10-9/11 - Veterans build that will be part of a collaborative effort to build homes

To volunteer, please contact Carrie Hartley


Heart of West Michigan United Way

2500 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI

9/11 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. - Volunteers will build disaster emergency kits and participate in an emergency awareness resource fair

To volunteer to help with disaster kits, please contact Paul LeBlanc



Loyola High School Detroit


9/7-9/11 - Students will create thank you tiles that will be part of an appreciation wall to travel among VFW's and veteran's organizations

Closed Group

Michigan State University



Cemetery Clean up only open to MSU Students

Closed Group

My Sister's Keeper

15885 Woodward Avenue Highland Park, MI 48203


9/11 - Hosting an outdoor health and resource fair, including mental health, financial health and honoring our veterans

To learn more about the resource fair, contact Tanesha Windom


Otsego County United Way

Various locations


9/10 - Hosting numerous volunteer projects around the county including clean ups and improvement projects

To participate in a project, please contact Erin Mann


Provide, Inc

Virtual Project


9/10-  Virtual project where volunteers decorate stars of hope that will thank healthcare workers. Stars will be featured at the hospital and staff will receive healthy treats and refreshments as thank you for caring for their communities

To volunteer to help with stars of hope, contact Lori Naseef            


Senior Neighbors, Inc.

Various locations


Various dates -  Volunteer will be paired with seniors to do yard work including raking, trimming and organization will dispose of yard waste

To offer to help with yard clean ups, please contact Nicole Driesenga


South Michigan Food Bank

5451 Wayne Rd Battle Creek


9/10 - Volunteers needed to pack fresh food from farms to distribute to eight counties in south Michigan

To help with food packing, please contact Alex Layne    


The Kindness Rally

Various locations

9/25 - Family-friendly competition, teams will receive a list of random act of kindness "challenges" that involve helping others and bettering the community.  Follow #TheKindnessRally hashtag to see all the positive change

To join the Kindness Rally, please Jaymi Dormaier

(269) 806-1049

United Way of Genesee County

1525 Martin Luther King Ave. Flint


9/11 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. - Multiple projects include fire station cleanup, creating Halloween safety kits and painting a mural. Projects in Genesee and Shiawassee County

To offer your help with any of the upcoming projects, please contact Shareka Howard         


St. Joseph County United Way

In response to the recent tornados and extended power outage, many families lost their food supply.  Growers and others with produce are asked to donate items.  Volunteers are needed to help pick up items and assist with sorting and food distribution

To serve, please call 269-467-9099

United Way of Montcalm - Ionia Counties

Various locations


9/6- In Montcalm and Ionia counties volunteers will make 600 emergency preparedness kits.  Volunteers will also learn CPR and receive information on community resources for emergencies

To help assemble disaster kits, please contact Terri Legg

(517) 391-0085

Virtual Project Any Where in Michigan

Volunteers may request ready to sew mask kits in bundles of 100 to 500.  When finished the masks may be donated to youth serving organizations.

To volunteer, please email with mailing address, phone number and number of masks as well as desired size Child Small, Child Medium or Adult size