This year, over 1 million Americans are expected to serve in their communities to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. By participating in service and remembrance activities on the 9/11 anniversary, you can be part of a productive and respectful way to honor those who were lost, while reigniting the spirit of unity and compassion that filled our nation after 9/11.

The Chicago Cares Week of Service and Remembrance will take place from September 6 – September 11, 2011. We will have more than 60 volunteer opportunities available throughout the course of the week, and we hope that you will find a project that will fit into your schedule, as well as inspire you to serve in thoughtful ways.

One special project available is a day of service hosted by the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, September 10. Volunteers from the White Sox Volunteer Corps (fans, players and community members), Chicago Cares and other National Day of Service partners will transform McClellan Elementary School in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. Volunteers will paint, build, landscape and create bright murals and mosaics to enhance the learning environment of this worthy school. Space is limited, so if you would like to join us, please sign up today! (Registration for this project is now closed. Please visit our project calendar to find many more opportunities to serve.)

If you would like to spend your time of Service and Remembrance doing a project with more personal interaction, please visit our project calendar to find an opportunity that meets your needs. You’ll find a wide variety of programs, including: adult tutoring, after-school art programs, meals with seniors and environmental improvement projects.

As you reflect on how our world has changed over these past 10 years, we hope that you will use this opportunity to strengthen our nation through service to others. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

May our nation continue to show its strength through great acts of service to others.