Serve DC - The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism will mark 9/11 and the final week of President Barack Obama’s United We Serve initiative, September 7-12, 2009, with service projects across the District. United We Serve is the President’s nationwide service initiative designed to meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn. Launched on June 22nd, these 81 days of service culminate on September 11th with the National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Serve DC will engage residents in meaningful service throughout the week with more than 65 events across the District. Special attention will be given to Friday, September 11th and Serve DC signature events are as follows:
- Tuesday, September 8: Mass Casualty Training Exercise. The DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) Department, Special Operations Division will provide a brief review of Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) disaster medical operations and provide a tour and overview of the mass-casualty exercise. Location: Engine 24, 5101 Georgia Avenue, NW; Time: 7 pm.
- Wednesday, September 9: Commander Ready Kick-Off. After graduating more than 1400 DCPS students in this youth-preparedness curriculum, Serve DC will celebrate this school year’s Third Annual Commander Ready city-wide program launch. The event will include presentations by MPD, FEMS, DOH, HSEMA, and more. Location: Thomas Elementary School, 650 Anacostia Avenue, NE; Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am.
- Thursday, September 10: Night at the Ballpark. Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) in partnership with DC Fire and EMS Department (DCFD) will host the 2nd Annual Night at Nationals Ballpark.
Location: Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street, SE; Time: events begin at 5:30 pm; first pitch at 7:10 pm.
- Friday, September 11: National Day of Service and Remembrance. Serve DC is partnering with the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center to honor veterans in our nation’s capital. Volunteers will capture stories for the Veterans’ History Project, clean vehicles that transport veterans and celebrate the 102nd birthday of a local WWII veteran residing at the facility. Location: VA Medical Center, 50 Irving Street, NW; Time: 3 - 5 pm.
- Friday, September 11: Operation Kid Comfort. In conjunction with Greater DC Cares, Armed Services YMCA and Operation Kid Comfort, volunteers will work in teams to design and create quilts for children of deployed service men and women. Location: RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol Street, NE; Time: 9 - 12 pm.
View a complete list of service projects* taking place in the District to commemorate 9/11. For more information, please email Emily Batchelder or call (202) 727-7972.