Posted on August 31, 2010 in Arab American Institute

In 2003, congress passed the “Serve America Act”, part of which designated September 11 as a day of Service and Remembrance. In 2009, as part of his United We Serve initiative, President Obama made 9/11 Day of Remembrance a permanent service day. This year AAI and NAAP-DC are joining forces for 9/11 Day of Remembrance and collaborating with Greater DC Cares to give back to the community in honor of this day of service.

About AmeriCorps:

"Service is a spark to rekindle the spirit of democracy in an age of uncertainty. When it is all said and done, it comes down to three simple questions: What is right? What is wrong? And what are we going to do about it?"

These were the words spoken by then-President Bill Clinton when he swore in the first AmeriCorps members in 1994. A year prior, President Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act, establishing the Corporation for National and Community Service as well as launching AmeriCorps, “a network of national service programs that engage Americans in intensive service to meet the nation’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.” Since then, thousands of AmeriCorps members have worked in communities all over the country to support and foster Civic engagement.

Here at AAI, as part of AAI Foundation’s effort to encourage Arab American participation in the community, our AmeriCorps member engages in community service in the DC metro area. We want to show that Arab Americans are a vital part of schools, neighborhoods, places of faith, and community centers, and that we have an invested interest in the well-being and growth of our communities. This is why we call on you to join AAI and NAAP-DC in ensuring that this year’s Day of Remembrance has a lasting impacy.

About the Project:

For 2010 9/11 Day of Remembrance, AAI and NAAP-DC will be cleaning Heurich Park in Hyattsville, MD (one mile north of the West Hyattsville metro station, on the Green line). In order to join the AAI-NAAP team:

There are still many spaces to participate in this service project; however, they are not infinite. Join now and tell you friends and family about this great event. Got any questions or comments? Please feel free to email our AmeriCorps member Paul at pbrown@aaiusa.org. Hope to see you all there!

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