This year Sept. 11 was a day of remembering, but it was also a time for hundreds of thousands of Americans to serve their communities. Bulletin Today invited reporters around the nation to pitch in and write about their experiences. Here is what they had to say.
Unbridled Satisfaction at a Riding-Therapy Ranch
As I put my shoulder into scrubbing the muck out of a water trough at Walk On!, a horse-riding therapy program near Celina, Texas, I wondered why nothing even vaguely profound was stirring in my brain.
You Get What You Need
The night before the National Day of Service, I realized that my family needed groceries because I’d just thrown out a lot of rotten produce. I ran to the grocery store for a bag of food, including carrots, grapes and cucumbers. Without blinking, I handed over my debit card for the $39.70 purchase.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers Give More Than Food
The best thing about serving as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels in Tallahassee, Fla., was meeting volunteers Paul and Rennie Kaczorowski, a caring couple who make a difference in the lives of the older adults they visit.
Rallying Around Community Heroes
The truth is, washing a fire truck never made my “bucket list.” I don’t much like washing my own cars, and have a gift for avoiding it. But for a while on the National Day of Service, I enlisted as a proud member of the water blade brigade.
Turning Disappointment Into Commitment
“Sue? It’s Josephine. I got an e-mail from you, but I can’t open the picture. But it’s OK. I’ll just wait until you visit next time and you can show me.” That’s my 80-year-old mother-in-law.
Still Doing the Right Thing
On the 2009 anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Kelley Lipphard, 50, did what she often does. She gave her time to help others—even though she should save the gas money.
A Day to Give, a Day for Remembering
This year, Sept. 11 will again be a day for reflecting on the 2001 terrorist attacks, but it will also be a time for hundreds of thousands of Americans to serve their communities. More>>