The Sierra Club is excited to announce a new opportunity to participate in the growing youth-driven movement to engage in community service while also honoring those who defend our country every day.
This week we launched Serve Outdoors, a call to participate in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.Service is part of the American fabric, and the great outdoors part of America's heritage. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, many Americans—especially young Americans—have embraced service as a way to restore and protect our neighborhoods, our nation, and our natural world.
Our own youth programs are full of amazing and inspired young people who are choosing to be leaders; we see them at work every day in our Sierra Student Coalition and in ourBuilding Bridges to the Outdoors and Inner-City Outings initiatives. We've seen these intelligent young people come up through the ranks of the Sierra Club and other advocacy organizations to become the next generation of leaders. They are truly making a difference.
This is no surprise to many of us, though. Since September 11, 2001, our nation has seen young people come together across this country to find solutions to our greatest challenges. In classrooms, national parks, and community centers all across this nation, young leaders are joining together to move our country toward prosperity, sustainability, and equity.
The Sierra Club is dedicated to supporting, training, and empowering this generation of Americans as they lead us to a clean and equitable future.
The projects you choose to engage in for the September 11th National Day of Service might range from watershed restoration around streams, to home weatherization in low-income neighborhoods, to cleaning up neighborhood parks. The great outdoors is part of America's heritage, and it's also a refuge for armed services members returning from overseas, firefighters taking a much needed break from work, and families facing tough economic realities.
Here at the Sierra Club we will observe the National Day of Service by working to protect these precious wild places. Sierra Club is proud to join thousands of Americans who will volunteer on Saturday, Sept.11th, and I hope you will join us.
Do you see a need in your community or favorite outdoor space? Do you want to join others in building a foundation for the future? All are welcome to join us! Sign up to be a part of the National Day of Service.
Together, we will restore our community watersheds, weatherize buildings, clean up national parks, and everything in between.