FoodCorps’ AmeriCorps service members serve their communities every day, but that takes on special meaning on national days of service. On September 11th each year, they organize and participate in special projects to commemorate the lives lost on that tragic day 15 years ago and to honor those who stepped up in service in the aftermath of the attacks. Here are just a few examples of how our service members and their communities served that day.
New York, New York
Together, New York AmeriCorps members packed 500,000 meals for needy New Yorkers.
Moriah brought the school community together to get the school garden ready for fall lessons and further parent engagement.
Traverse City, Michigan
Julia built a school garden for her senior project in high school in 2012 with the help of then-FoodCorps member Kirsten Gerbatsch. The garden had fallen into a bit of disrepair recently, but thankfully Julia’s back—as a FoodCorps service member! For her 9/11 Day of Service project, she gave the garden some TLC so that students and teachers are inspired to start using it again. Read her reflection about the experience.
Our entire cohort of Connecticut corps members joined with the Connecticut Food Justice Project’s AmeriCorps VISTA members for a workday at New Haven Farms.
Our Athens service members and alumna Stephanie (who now works for our Athens service site) also joined with AmeriCorps VISTA members for a garden work day with Athens Land Trust.
Des Moines, Iowa
Jenetta and Esperanza, our service members at Des Moines Public Schools, helped out with a Habitat for Humanity building project.
Washington, District of columbia
Service Member Kathryn Mitchell led a group on cleaning up the memorial garden at Leckie Elementary School, her service site. She led a group of students in making cement mosaic stones, pictured at right.