Thousands of Michiganders serve on 9/11 Day
The Michigan Community Service Commission supported 22 volunteer projects throughout the state for the 9/11 National Day of Service. The theme, "Honor, Serve, Unite," focused on bringing Americans together to honor and remember those who were lost in the terrorist attack 20 years ago.
Nearly 3,500 volunteers around the state took part in service projects to thank first responders, veterans, active military, and healthcare workers. The Michigan Community Service Commission, along with partner AmeriCorps, awarded organizations $18,142.89 to complete these projects.
"We were excited to see so many volunteers making a difference across the state," said Michigan Community Service Commission Executive Director, Ginna Holmes. "We partnered with some great organizations and were proud of the impact they made."
United Way of Genesee County created a mural at the fire station and with the help of the fire department, put together Halloween baskets with safety information for local schools. United Way of Barry County and United Way of Bay County put on events to create thank you cards for healthcare workers, firefighters, and police officers and Loyola High School created a mobile thank you wall for veterans. Provide Inc. hosted a virtual event where volunteers decorated stars of hope to thank healthcare workers at McLaren Hospitals as well.
United Ways of West Michigan, Montcalm County, Ionia County, and Marquette also hosted events to assemble care kits for vets and isolated seniors, food insecurity kits for youth, and emergency preparedness kits for households. The Boys and Girls Club of Alpena created care kits for people experiencing homelessness. The Kindness Rally also held kindness challenges throughout the state.
The Black Autonomy Network distributed bottled water to prevent residents from consuming unhealthy, lead-tainted water in the municipal water pipes. The Commerce Township Community Library hosted a food drive, and South Michigan Food Bank held an event to pick fresh vegetables for local pantries.
Additionally, multiple organizations supported outdoor cleanup efforts following the floods and tornadoes that occurred this summer. United Way of St. Joseph County hopes to use a grant they were awarded to help families who lost their food supplies after extended power outages this summer. Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County hosted an annual Vet Build and Senior Neighbors helped senior homeowners prepare their yards for winter.