‘I Will’ movement seeks volunteers to do good deeds on Sept. 11

Posted Sept. 04, 2012, at 10:48 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Commission for Community Service invites all residents of Maine to join the 9/11 tribute movement, “I Will,” to commemorate the new National Day of Service and Remembrance. Organized nationally by My Good Deed, a foundation started by family members of 9/11 victims and first responders, “I Will” calls on each resident to pay tribute to those remembered on 9/11 by performing a good deed, a personal act of service or an act of neighboring.

“Neighboring is the informal volunteering we do to help out in the community,” said Pam Zeutenhorst, the commission’s coordinator for volunteer sector initiatives. “It is the food we bring to a sick neighbor, the community drive [for] a family whose house burned,and the citizen who keeps an eye on seasonal camps for their owners during the winter.”

The Maine Commission for Community Service has registered Maine’s “I Will” tribute as a single, statewide project with the national movement.

Each person wishing to participate decides what personal act of service will be the tribute to 9/11 victims and first responders, then registers the pledge of service at VolunteerMaine.org by Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Schools, clubs, town councils, faith communities and fraternal organizations can organize a “pledge drive” among members.

Posters and pledge cards with instructions on how to participate are available from the commission. Group leaders can obtain these at no cost by emailing service.commission@maine.gov or calling 624-7792 during business hours.

All Maine pledges of service recorded at the website will be bundled and reported to the national organizers by Saturday, Sept. 15.

Last year, through the efforts of the “I Will” campaign, 33 million people observed 9/11 by engaging in charitable activities that ranged from simple good deeds to organized volunteer work.

For information and pledge registration details, visit VolunteerMaine.org.

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