For 2014, SouthCoast Serves is redesigning the National 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, bringing communities together by combining service, sincerity and skills.
To celebrate the National 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, The Dartmouth YMCA Sharing the Harvest Community Farm, The Veteran’s Transition House, Dog Tags Navigators MA, and the Community Economic Development Center with local AmeriCorps members are joining SouthCoast Serves in our annual service and creating a multi-day event!
On Wednesday August 27th, Veteran's Transition House will be holding a mural painting event. Veterans will come together acknowledging AmeriCorps' 20th year anniversary through a mural.
On Saturday September 6th, 2014 PACE YouthBuild New Bedford AmeriCorps program in collaboration with Dog Tags Navigators, SouthCoast Serves, City of New Bedord, Ward 4 Councilor Dana Rebeiro, Parting Ways Cemetery, will be calling on community volunteer groups to assist in building portable raised beds (farming) from 8am-2pm. These raised beds be donated and delivered to Veterans so that they can harvest their own healthy food. For more information, please visit their Facebook event: "Build A Bed - Keep A Vet Fed" Community Service Project
On September 11th there will be a mural dedicated to the Veterans at 5pm as well as a candle light vigil in their remembrance at 6pm at Fort Tabor in New Bedford. Artists will develop alongside Veterans to incorporate their visions of the services they provided. This event is put on by Dog Tag Navigators, a group which supports and offers resources for deserving veterans and their struggling civilian spouses.
On September 12th there will be a mural dedicated to the others who have served as we celebrating the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps members, keeping in mind the national motto of “Getting things done” through service and volunteerism. This event will take place on Ashley Blvd in New Bedford from 10-11am. A more specific location will be announced soon.
September 13th is our Annual Share the Harvest Day of Service. Join us from 1PM-3:30PM as we harvest produce from this volunteer based farm. All produce will be going to local needy families as we target the issue of hunger and homelessness among our Veterans. This is a day where we will also remember and celebrate the men and women who courageously serve our country. There will be veteran organizations on site which will include Dog Tag Navigators as well as the Veteran’s Transition House to answer any questions you, as a civilian or veteran, might have.
The Dartmouth YMCA Farm is located on 276 Gulf Rd. Dartmouth, MA 02748. Our goal is to have 500 people working on the farm and I hope to see you there! Transportation will be provided; the bus leaves the Leduc Center at UMass Dartmouth at 12:30pm.
For more information on the National 9/11 Day of Service, visit www.911dayofservice.org
About SouthCoast Serves: SouthCoast Serves is a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth facilitated collaborative that fosters service and volunteerism to meet the needs of our community by leveraging resources, expertise and capacity to maximize impact.