Maryland Governor Hogan has declared September 11 through October 10 as Day to Serve Month, an opportunity for all Marylanders to make a difference in their communities.
In 2018, more than 25,000 Marylanders made a difference by dedicating more than 70,000 hours to communities across our state. The 2019 Day to Serve Month will kick off on September 11 at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. Volunteers from the Office of Governor, the Governor’s Coordinating Offices, state agencies, and the local community will work together to clean up the park, organize a 9/11 remembrance ceremony, and host a 5K run to support Wreaths Across America with Cathy Powers.
Powers, a Gold Star Mom, started the “Running Fir Wreaths” initiative in memory of her son, SRA Bryce Powers, and all veterans past, present, and future. Her goal is to run 1,000 miles across 50 states and earn support for 7,777 wreaths – one for each day her son was alive. Maryland is her 42nd stop.
In previous years, volunteers have participated in a variety of service events, from giving their time to clean up local parks, streams, and beaches to creating care packages for military troops and feeding the hungry. If you are an organization looking for volunteers for an event, you can register the event on the Day to Serve website. Those looking to volunteer at a community event can access an easy to use map which allows you to search by date, zip code or key word.
Volunteers and state employees are encouraged to post pictures from their service activity with the hashtags “#MDDTS2019” and “#iServeMD” to Facebook and/or Twitter and tag @MarylandGOCI.