“I think it is important and an awesome opportunity to build something new and honor the buildings that fell,” said freshman Victoria Miller of Knoxville, Tenn. She and her roommate started their Sunday at 6:30 a.m. with Habitat for Humanity during a six-hour project with Lipscomb University students to renovate, revitalize and repair homes near Metro Center.
“It is awesome that people are coming together as a community to honor the lives that were lost that day and bring together America in the same unity and compassion as they did after the attacks,” she said.
Seventeen Belmont students and 15 Lipscomb students participated in the service project.
Belmont also is collaborated with Volunteer Tennessee, the State of Tennessee’s office dedicated to encouraging volunteerism and community service, which is providing the food, snacks and drinks for the Habitat Build volunteers; Room In The Inn, which also hosted 50 freshmen for the SERVE Project in August; and Hands On Nashville, which has created a dedicated University Portal for universities to use in publicizing, managing and tracking volunteer placements in the community.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama called for Americans to remember the spirit of unity and compassion that bound them together after the terrorist attacks by doing a charitable activity on Sept. 11. In 2009, the president signed into law the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which federally authorized the day as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Belmont University students continued their 9/11 remembrance service projects on Sept. 15 at Room in the Inn with students weeding gardens, cleaning the facility, storing donations and helping in the kitchen at the nonprofit organization that combats homelessness and hunger. Click here to view a video of the students discussing their memories of Sept. 11, 2001.