Taking steps to service

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The anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is a day not only to remember those lost, but also to spur citizens to work to make the country a better place.

The city of Arvada is urging residents to use the anniversary to learn about service groups and organizations they can join as part of the National Day of Service and Rememberance.

“The people and businesses of Arvada have a long and dedicated history of giving,” said Mayor Marc Williams. “Nothing is more precious or meaningful than the gift of time and service. I hope that members of our community will create and register a 9/11 volunteer project or look for an established project by logging onto www.serve.gov and going to the Sept. 11th Initiative.”

The National Day of Service and Remembrance is the result of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations, according to information provided by the city. This effort first established the tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors and those who decided to serve in response to the attacks.

“Though the initiative is on a national level, we’re really encouraging it locally,” said Arvada Communication Manager Wendy Forbes. “We found the idea behind this compelling because it focuses on a more proactive response to the attacks.”

Forbes said there are so many great nonprofits in Arvada and the surrounding areas that need helpers, so it’s important to help them as often as possible.

In addition to www.serve.gov, the city recommends using metrovolunteers.org, justserve.org and volunteermatch.org to find a way to help out in the community.

“We think it’s a great idea to turn the anniversary into a day of service and giving,” Forbes said. “It’s so forward looking, and that’s something we really value.”

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