DENVER —Friday, September 9, 2011 — Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced Serve Colorado is encouraging Coloradans to volunteer and support nine September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance projects through mini-grant awards, including:
Colorado’s Xcel Energy is inspiring service throughout the state by sending 650 volunteers out across its service territory on Saturday, Sept. 10 in advance of Sunday’s efforts. These volunteers will support more than 40 different projects and help dozens of non-profit organizations.
“Service to our state and country carries special meaning on the 10th anniversary of 9/11,” said Lt. Gov. Garcia. “Every Coloradan can get involved to honor those we lost and reclaim the spirit of unity that followed those dark days a decade ago.”
The idea of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance came from 9/11 families. Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks began to seek a forward-looking tribute to honor the sacrifice of those lost and pay tribute to those who served. Thanks to their leadership, the bipartisan 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act designated the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with supporting efforts across the country.
Volunteer registration remains open through Saturday, September 10. Adults and children can sign-up to volunteer on the Serve Colorado website, www.colorado.gov/servecolorado. For a complete list of projects or more information on September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, please contact Jenna Hansen, Serve Colorado Volunteer Generation Program Coordinator at 303-866-6220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.