September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
Thank you to all our volunteers, community members, legislators and AmeriCorps members who volunteered their time to make a difference!
In honor of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) and AmeriCorps members from across the state partnered with the Recover, Repair, Rebuild Initiative for a very meaningful day of service and reflection in Western Massachusetts. In collaboration with community volunteers and the office of State Representative Todd Smola (R-Palmer), MSA organized a large-scale tornado cleanup effort to assist towns that were devastated by the June 1 tornado.
Recover, Repair, Rebuild...Remember
The event was unbelievably successful including:
- reflection through a very moving speaking program that included a local homeowner whose property had been heavily impacted by the tornado and a retired Massachusetts Police Officer who was a first responder at Ground Zero within days of 9/11;
- 300 AmeriCorps members and staff serving alongside nearly 275 local volunteers re-building a sense of community;
- hauling, chipping, sawing and clearing fallen trees and debris at close to 60 homes in the tornado-devastated area.
Volunteers also joined together after service for a free documentary viewing of New York Says Thank You. New York Says Thank You, is an epic story of healing and patriotic heroism that charts the journey of four New Yorkers whose lives were touched by September 11 — as they travel the country to help communities rebuild after their own disasters. This feature-length documentary film casts a hopeful light in the shadow of the tragic day as, every September; New Yorkers are joined by an ever-growing group of disaster survivors and volunteers from around the country to pay forward the support they once received.
Roots of Remembrance - Give a Tree, Honor a Life
Roots of Remembrance was a tree planting project to help reforest Western MA communities hit by the June 1 tornado and honor the memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11. These communities lost hundreds of thousands of trees during the tornado disaster. Our goal was to collect nearly 3,000 trees to plant in Western MA in conjunction with the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Proud Partners of the 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance
Western Massachusetts Tornado Relief Project
About the Recover, Repair, Rebuild Initiative
RRR’s mission is to assist in the coordination of the volunteer cleanup effort for families and businesses affected by the June 1, 2011 tornado. RRR works with grassroots and nationally recognized volunteer organizations and administrators in each town to effectively coordinate free service volunteer assistance from local, national and corporate organizations. To learn more about the RRR Initiative, click here.
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." -Mahatma Gandhi