ATLANTA (Sept. 11, 2013) – Habitat for Humanity affiliates are joining hundreds of organizations across the country today to observe the Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance through volunteerism. Habitat volunteers will honor Sept. 11 victims and heroes by participating in community-based service projects.
“While more than a decade has passed since the tragic events of Sept. 11, the deep desire to help those in need continues to grow stronger,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity. “We urge everyone to participate in the National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor those who were affected by the tragedy.”
Sept. 11 was designated a national day of service by the 2009 Kennedy Serve America Act. The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual event, working with MyGoodDeed and hundreds of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses nationwide to create a permanent and positive tribute to the victims of Sept. 11 and their families.
“In the aftermath of Sept. 11, we came together as a country to show that we are there for each other,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Service can be a healing experience, and I am honored that so many Americans are dedicating a day through service with Habitat for Humanity. Through volunteering, we can make a difference in the lives of families and transform communities on the National Day of Service and Remembrance and every day.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service awarded Habitat for Humanity $155,000 for National Day of Service and Remembrance projects. The money will be used by Habitat affiliates to support more than 20 builds and recognition events across the country.
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service each year through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and other programs; improves communities through the Social Innovation Fund; and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit nationalservice.gov.