Houston's 9/11 National Day of Service

Name of Grant Recipient: City of Houston – Mayor’s Volunteer Initiatives Program

Contact: Cameron Waldner, Chief Service Officer

Number: 832-393-0971

Email: cameron.waldner@houstontx.gov

Address:         Volunteer Initiatives Program

                      900 Bagby, Public Level,Suite019

                      Houston,TX77002 

1st Request: $66,000

Amount per Year: $22,000 (2012,’13, ’14)

Amount of Volunteers Affected: 20,000

 

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2nd Request: $33,000

Amount per Year: $11,000 (2012,’13, ’14)

Amount of Volunteers Affected: 8,000

 

 

Names of Organizations Involved in the Event: the United Way, Houston Habitat for Humanity, the American Heart Association, the Home Depot Foundation, the American Legion of Houston, the Mayor’s Volunteer Initiatives Program, the Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs, the Houston City Council, SCI, Houston Grand Opera, Compassionate Houston.

 

How the service activity will address a community need or challenge?

The Volunteer Initiatives Program (VIP) is preparing three major service opportunities for the 9/11 weekend that encompass the enhancement of city youth, veterans, and emergency response.

In conjunction with Habitat for Humanity, the VIP will call for 1,000 youth to revitalize the at-risk Fifth Ward community ofHouston. The Fifth Ward is notorious for violent crimes; it has a high concentration of ex-felons; and its average median family income for 2009 was $15,890. The duties of the youth would include planting trees, mowing grass, and graffiti abatement.

In conjunction with the American Heart Association, the VIP looks to train and teach its citizens the importance of CPR. Recently, the VIP directly trained more than 1,000 citizens in CPR and indirectly impacted more than 8,000 citizens through the distribution of CPR kits.

In conjunction with Home Depot, the VIP will help renovate the American Legion Post building, and improve the quality of life for 50 veterans by working on their homes. For the American Legion Post, indoor renovation includes restrooms, kitchen, floors, walls, and doors. Outside, two flag poles will be added, solar lighting will be set up, a victory garden will be planted, and efforts will be put into making the building environmentally friendly such as setting up rain gutters and adding coating onto the roof.

About one-fourth of the grant will be dedicated to volunteer recognition such as making t-shirts, creating certificates, or simple plaques in appreciation for participation.   Approximately one-tenth of the fund will go to providing fuel for theUniversityofSt. Thomasshuttles that will carry volunteers to and from serving the veterans at either the American Legion Post or a veteran’s home. The rest of the grant will support first aid kits, port-a-potties, and comfortable mats for those who will watch “New York Says Thank You”, a documentary that will be shown at a park.

 

How the service activity will commemorate the losses on September 11, 2001 and honor the service and sacrifices of those who have responded since that day?

All aspects of the project are focused on honoring the lives and legacies of the victims and heroes of 9/11. We have planned a multitude of commemorative activities corresponding with the 9/11 Day of Service to span the entire weekend from Friday, September 9th to Sunday, September 11th. The VIP will coordinate with Habitat for Humanity, the American Heart Association Houston, the Home Depot Foundation, the City of Houston’s Veterans Affairs Office, and the American Legion of Houston, for service projects that will commemorate the volunteer spirit demonstrated by the dedicated and brave group of citizens that served our nation in the days following the 9/11 tragedy. Scheduled events include a CPR initiative in collaboration with the American Heart Association, and the renovation of the American Legion post inHouston with the Home Depot Foundation.

Friday’s events will encompass a press conference with Mayor Parker, the presentation of a 9/11 Wall Exhibit, a commemorative service, and a military salute accompanied by a musical tribute from the Houston Grand Opera. Community service projects, which include Eco Bash (BayouParkclean-up project) and the planting of 2,998 trees representing the number of victims taken on 9/11, will be initiated over Saturday and Sunday. Sunday’s events will culminate in a final service, an additional performance by the Houston Grand Opera, and a presentation of the film, “New York Says Thank You”, which will coincide with the CPR training workshop planned with the American Heart Association.

 

How many volunteers are expected for the 9/11 Event?

CPR Training Workshop                                                                          400 (trained) (3200 pledged)

American Legion Renovation                                                                   100

Eco Bash on the Bayou  & 9/11 Commemorative Tree Planting                    1300

Run for the Heros                                                                                  250

                                                                                     Subtotal          2,050

 

CompassionateHoustonwill match total number of volunteers for event         2,700

 

  • Our biggest event in terms of numbers was at the YMCA, which had 400 people collecting backpacks, playing soccer, swimming, etc from 10- 1 on Saturday 
  • Our Saviors’ Church packed in 200 for service project
  • Bo’s Place (though I don’t have the exact count) had probably around 40- 50  volunteers, painting, planting, quilting.  In that group were junior and senior leaders with freshman from Episcopal High.  Episcopal High sent all their freshmen around to various service projects so we will find out their numbers. 

      

Alief Family YMCA

50 volunteer

AlAmaanah Refugee Services

50 volunteers

Amazing Place

50 volunteers

Bayou Land Conservancy

50 volunteers

Beyond Expectations Catering Service

50 volunteers

Bo’s Place

50 volunteers
Branches of The Vine Deliverance Ministry

50 volunteers

CAIR – Texas, Houston Chapter

50 volunteers

Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos, Inc

50 volunteers

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

50 volunteers                   

Cenacle Retreat House

50 volunteers

Christ the King Lutheran Church

50 volunteers
Citizen’s Foundation

50 volunteers

Classic Creole Catering Service/ Alief Family YMCA

50 volunteers

Communities In Schools of Houston

50 volunteers

COMPASS

50 volunteers


CompuCycle Inc.

50 volunteers

Covenant House Texas

50 volunteers

Crisis Intervention of Houston

50 volunteers

Developments in Literacy (DIL)   

50 volunteers    

Eastgate Women’s Organization

50 volunteers

Eye Care for Kids Foundation

50 volunteers

First Presbyterian Church

50 volunteers

Grace Episcopal Church    

50 volunteers                         

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

50 volunteers

Houston Habitat for Humanity 

50 volunteers

Habitat For Humanity – Northwest Harris County

50 volunteers
 Heavenly Choice Catering
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50 volunteers

House of Charity

50 volunteers
Houston Area Women’s Center

50 volunteers
Houston Food Bank

50 volunteers

Houston Grand Opera Company

50 volunteers
 Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition

50 volunteers
Institute of Interfaith Dialog

50 volunteers

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

50 volunteers

Islamic Society of Greater Houston

50 volunteers

Islamic Women In Service to Humanity (IWISH)      

50 volunteers  

Krist Samaritan Center    

50 volunteers         

Ligmincha Texas, for the Tibetan Meditative and Healing Arts

50 volunteers

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, The Woodlands

50 volunteers

Manousso Mediation & ADR Services:  Elder Mediation

50 volunteers

Memorial Assistance Ministries

50 volunteers

Memorial Drive Lutheran Church

50 volunteers

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church

50 volunteers

Memorial Drive United Methodist Church         

50 volunteers

Montrose Counseling Center

50 volunteers

New World United Methodist Church

50 volunteers

Neighborhood Centers Inc.

50 volunteers

Our Saviour’s Church

50 volunteers

Pax Christi Houston

50 volunteers

PDV Special Events, LLC

50 volunteers

Raindrop Turkish House

50 volunteers

Rothko Chapel

50 volunteers

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Houston        

50 volunteers                

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, League City

50 volunteers

St. Luke’s Episcopal Hosptial

50 volunteers


St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church

50 volunteers


St. Lukes’ United Methodist Church

50 volunteers


St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

50 volunteers

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Lake Jackson

50 volunteers

Shifa Healthcare &Community Services USA, Inc.

50 volunteers

Sirrom Studio

50 volunteers

Sister Cities of Houston

50 volunteers

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

50 volunteers

Sports & Signs

50 volunteers

Spring Branch Presbyterian Church

50 volunteers

Taiwanese Heritage Society of Houston      

50 volunteers                       

The Beacon

50 volunteers

The Christian Outreach Center

50 volunteers

The Church of The Living God Mission    

 50 volunteers             

The Women’s Home

50 volunteers

Thomas Street Health Clinic

50 volunteers

Trees For Houston                       

50 volunteers

Trinity Episcopal Church, The Woodlands

50 volunteers

Turning Point Center

50 volunteers

Union Baptist Association

50 volunteers

Urban AIDS Ministry Task Force, City of Houston

50 volunteers

USO|Houston

50 volunteers

Volunteer Houston

50 volunteers

Volunteer Initiatives Program, City of Houston

50 volunteers

VOX-The Rob Seible Singers

50 volunteers

World Community for Christian Meditation  (Region 6)
50 volunteers

                                                                                      Total               4,750

 

What volunteers are expected to accomplish through their service?

Through their service on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, volunteers will be engaged in health/wellness training, veteran’s affairs, urban beautification and environmental sustainability.  These activities will include the following outcomes: citizens becoming trained in CPR, the revitalization of a historic Houston neighborhood, the renovation of a veteran’s American Legion Post, the cleanup of a bayou, and the planting of 2,998 trees.  However, the total output will be equal to more than simply the sum of the parts.  Volunteers will not only contribute to deliverables, they will also be in contact with each other as well as the citizens of Houston, creating a unique atmosphere of good will and civic engagement.  The process will entail more than simply physical change and quantifiable results; it will also bring together people from diverse backgrounds and foster the building of bridges within the Houston Community.

 

How will you promote the Day of Service and Remembrance?

  • The VIP will utilize its new service website that was rolled out last March, www.houstonservice.org
  • The VIP will actively use its Facebook and Twitter pages to promote the event
  • The Mayor will also issue a press release regarding the 9/11 Day of Service
  • The 9/11 Day of Service will be announced in an E-Newsletter reaching over 100,000 Houstonians