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United We Serve
September 2, 2009, 8:09 pm
Filed under: Volunteerism

In honor of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, the Corporation for National and Community Service is supporting service activities in all fifty states to reignite the spirit of unity and service that inspired Americans in the days after the September 11, 2001 tragedy.

This year we commemorate the first September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. The tragic events of September 11, 2001 inspired Americans to come together in a remarkable spirit of unity and compassion. It was a stark reminder that our fate as individuals is inherently tied to the fate of our nation. Eight years later, September 11 continues to evoke strong emotion and is an homage to sacrifice and a call to action.

Adrienne Arsht Center Volunteers out in the community

Adrienne Arsht Center Volunteers out in the community

In his United We Serve address to the nation President Barack Obama said, “America’s new foundation will be built one community at a time.” With that same spirit, the Adrienne Arsht Center’s inaugural United We Serve Volunteer Miami Day will bring together various organizations from around the community, including Hands On Miami, American Red Cross, Alliance for the Aging and many others, to educate and provide volunteer opportunities for participants.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will promote this powerful call to action through United We Serve Volunteer Miami Day.  Volunteer Miami Day is a comprehensive volunteer event featuring free seminars covering topics in energy conservation, arts education programs, personal and career advancement, and community involvement; live musical performances; a preview of the Arsht Center’s 2009-2010 season and the exclusive opportunity to become an engaged volunteer in our community.

“Our 600 volunteers play an integral role at the Adrienne Arsht Center,” said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “We understand the value added to our organization through volunteerism. We encourage our professional staff to do the same for other non-profit organizations. We are proud to host the United We Serve Volunteer Fair.”

Entertainment offerings will include a live outdoor concert by the Spam Allstars (5:30 p.m.), performances by the New World School Concert Choir (12:00 p.m.) and Bahamas Junkanoo Miami Revue (12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.), and an appearance by Florida Marlins mascot Billy the Marlin. Free tours of the Adrienne Arsht Center will be conducted in English and Spanish at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

In April, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act which, for the first time, officially recognizes September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. This year, on September 11, the President, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the 9/11 families will ask all Americans to remember that Tuesday eight years ago and recommit to service in their communities throughout the year.

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