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Date: 
Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Welcoming Week & A-OK Service Event

As a kick-off to National Welcoming Welcoming Week (Sept. 15-21), Welcoming Michigan is pleased to announce we are joining Acts of Kindness – Detroit (A-OK), a group of some 20 local nonprofit and faith organizations, in organizing a day of service on Sunday September 9th. A clean-up project in Chadsey Condon will be one of the service sites. Please join us!
Register online: www.bit.ly/MBd4Xe

More info:
Hundreds of volunteers are expected to gather in Detroit on Sept. 9 to pay tribute to 9/11 by transforming a day of loss into a day of service. The event is organized by Acts of Kindness – Detroit (A-OK), a group of some 20 local nonprofit and faith organizations dedicated to inspiring community spirit. This will be A-OK’s third annual community service day project.

In 2009, Congress designated September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service to support efforts across the country. The designation was the culmination of an effort launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups, who sought a forward-looking way to honor 9/11 victims, survivors, and others who first-responders.

In Detroit, the effort brought together five groups in 2010 for a community service project that drew about 300 volunteers. The following year, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, A-OK hosted one of the largest service days in the country, drawing more than 800 volunteers.

This year’s initiative will focus on food security and will take place at University of Michigan’s Dearborn campus from noon to 5 p.m.

It’s estimated that the rate of hunger in Detroit is more than double the national average due, according to a Detroit Food System report.

“The impact of 9/11 has motivated a new generation to get into the spirit of helping neighbors. Food security is a major issue in Michigan, particularly in metro Detroit, where almost 20 percent of homes find it difficult to provide enough food for family members,”said Ghida Dagher, advocacy & civic engagement specialist at ACCESS, a regional human services nonprofit that has been part of A-OK since it started. “So this is an opportunity for people to work side by side to make their community a better place by addressing a very real, very persistent problem.”

This year’s A-OK event will include three project areas: urban gardening, packaging food; and raising awareness through creative art projects. Food packages will be distributed to families, senior citizens and homeless individuals in throughout metro Detroit. Additional food supplies will be set aside for future disaster reliefs nationally.

Registration and sponsorship donations for this event are encouraged. For additional information, contact Ghida Dagher, 313.297.4531, gdagher@accesscommunity.org