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Service Groups Call For Volunteers, Planners To Commemorate 9/11

Deer Creek State Park

Heber Valley nonprofits and religious groups are organizing service projects in commemoration of 9/11.

To add to what’s already been planned, they’re looking to bring in more volunteers and project leaders with ideas.

Service projects that are already set to happen include a Deer Creek clean-up, collections of produce for neighbors struggling with food security, and beautification efforts in Heber, Midway and elsewhere.

“Anything that is beautifying neighborhoods or areas in the community that are getting a lot of use like parks, like bodies of water” would be a good project, says Sarah Everson, a coordinator. “If people want to organize a project but don’t need it to be a bunch of anonymous people coming together, if they want to organize a neighborhood project and invite neighbors, I’d highly recommend that, too. We want as much service done as possible. We’re hoping for this to be a really wonderful, unifying community effort.”

Just because the initiative commemorates 9/11 doesn’t mean the service acts have to happen on September 11. Some of the projects already planned will take place around the day of remembrance, including some happening over multiple days throughout the month.

9/11 Day is a national nonprofit that’s sponsored service projects on and around September 11 every year since 2002, the year after the airplane attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Locally, representatives from civic groups, faith organizations, the forest service, school councils, the Wasatch Community Foundation and others are involved.

“It’s lots of organizations all across the country. They have a presence in Utah, but they’re working with people all over,” Everson says. “It’s just kind of an interesting collective group of people who are all passionate about community service.”

To sign up, visit justserve.org/heber911dayofservice. On the webpage, you can also find Sarah’s contact information to reach out about project ideas. 

For more on the nonprofit 9/11 Day, visit 911day.org.

These links can also be found on kpcw.org.

Ben Lasseter reports for KPCW in Wasatch County. Before moving to Heber City, Ben worked in Manti as a general assignment newspaper reporter and editor.
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