This is a press release from United Way: Volunteer Southeast Mississippi.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg residents are encouraged to participate in a city-wide day of community service and outreach on Monday, Sept. 11 as part of 9/11 National Day of Service.
Volunteer projects will kick off after the city’s 9/11 Ceremony at Fire Station #1 on Main Street at 8:40 a.m. This initiative is coordinated by Volunteer Southeast Mississippi at United Way of Southeast Mississippi, the City of Hattiesburg and the Center for Community Engagement at The University of Southern Mississippi.
“September 11th is a day of history, emotion and reflection,” Christy Arrazattee, director of USM’s CCE, said. “For many Americans it is also a day of service that provides an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders in volunteering to rekindle the compassion and unity shown on that day.”
Businesses, schools, groups, churches and individuals are encouraged to register for volunteer projects Volunteer Southeast Mississippi.
“There is something for everyone,” Emily Gruzinskas, Director of Volunteer Southeast Mississippi, said. “We have opportunities ranging from helping out at the animal shelter, home-building with Habitat for Humanity and everything in between.”
People may also choose to create their own opportunities. No effort is too small – visit an elderly neighbor, pick up litter around a park, host a school supply drive or bake cookies for first responders.
Sign up for volunteer opportunities for 9/11 Day of Service at volunteersems.org by Sept. 5. For more information, contact Emily Gruzinskas at Volunteer Southeast Mississippi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-545-7141, ext. 4.