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Sep 9, 2010 6:22 PM

Teen volunteers observe 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

TUCSON - Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is encouraging teens to participate in the National Day of Service and Remembrance that marks the anniversary of 9/11.

YVC sites around the U.S. are actively engaging teens in service projects that will teach youth about the joys of serving in their communities in addition to honoring those who lost in the events of 9/11. Events being sponsored by the YVC at the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona include:


• YVC is helping the Arizona Greyhound Rescue with their biannual dog wash. Taking place at P.A.W.S. Veterinary Clinic volunteers will be sudsing up hounds and getting them clean in this "Laundromutt Party" (8am-12pm). Volunteers must be 13 years old to participate. Contact Sarah Wasserman for more information at (520) 881-3300 ext. 109.

• YVC will be having a "Garden Day at PPEP Tec High School" to help get the school garden going! Volunteers will be helping fix a broken fence, mix soil, build bed covers, and clean the parking lot for the students (9am-12pm). Contact Melissa Griebel for more information at (520) 881-3300.

• YVC is helping support one of Afghanistan's most famous native peace organizations, Awakened Youth. At the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, volunteers will be helping by writing thank you letters and showing their solidarity in working toward a peaceful, nonviolent solution to war (1pm-4pm). Contact Miss Lori LeChien for more information at (520) 881-3300 ext. 116.

• Southern Arizona Mentoring Coalition has been collecting donated backpacks for this creative "I Got Your Back...Pack Project" taking place at Atria Bell Court Gardens Theatre Hall. Volunteers will be making labels with motivational phrases for each backpack. Backpacks will be donated to Aviva Children's Services to be distributed to children of all ages in Child Protective Services. This is an interactive art-based project great for mentoring pairs and youth, as well as families (9:30am to 12pm). Contact Dorian Townsend for more information at (520) 881-3300 ext. 110.

• YVC will be working to help Read Between the Bars provide free books into the hands of men and women in the state of Arizona prison system. Taking place at the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, volunteers will assist in matching books to the prisoner's requests through letters (1pm-5pm). Contact Mike Lovelace for more information at (520) 881-3300 ext. 147.

Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is a nonprofit promoting a lifetime commitment to service among youth by providing quality service projects for young people. For over 20 years, YVC has engaged over 240,000 young people from diverse backgrounds in year-round service projects. Based in Kansas City, MO, YVC has more than 50 programs across the United States and Canada. www.yvc.org

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