This Friday, September 11 will be the first 9/11 National Day of Service. The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which increased the size of the AmeriCorps program, also established the National Day of Service as a way to remember the victims of 9/11 and encourage Americans to give back to their communities. Many organizations, even before the Serve America Act was passed, have taken up the call for service.
Here in Biloxi, Hands On Gulf Coast will be coordinating activites for K-5 students at North Bay Elementary. Kids will be doing chalk murals, crafts, essays, and talking with local first responders. I believe all volunteer slots have been filled for this event, but you can visit Hands On Gulf Coast for more information. Organizations such as the Hope Community Development Agency can always use volunteers as they continue rebuilding houses for those affected by Hurricane Katrina (website).
Get out there and volunteer!