Gov. Ho­gan an­nounces “Day to Serve” in Mary­land

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Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan today is­sued a procla­ma­tion declar­ing Septem­ber 11 through Oc­to­ber 10 as “Day to Serve” month in Mary­land. As part of the an­nounce­ment, Gov­er­nor Ho­gan is en­cour­ag­ing all Mary­land cit­i­zens to choose a day to par­tic­i­pate in a vol­un­teer ac­tiv­ity. The “Day to Serve” ini­tia­tive in­cludes Mary­land, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Vir­ginia, and West Vir­ginia, each of which tracks sta­tis­tics such as num­ber of vol­un­teers, hours served, and pounds of food do­nated in a friendly com­pe­ti­tion.

“The Day to Serve ini­tia­tive is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for Mary­lan­ders to join to­gether in vol­un­teer ef­forts, as well as high­light the in­cred­i­ble ser­vice and vol­un­teerism that oc­curs year-round in our state,” said Gov­er­nor Ho­gan. “Our cit­i­zens take great pride in our shore­lines and beaches, our com­mu­ni­ties, and our state, and by work­ing to­gether, we can con­tinue chang­ing Mary­land for the bet­ter.”

Gov­er­nor Ho­gan will kick off “Day to Serve” on Septem­ber 11 at the Mary­land Cen­ter for Vet­er­ans Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (MCVET) in Bal­ti­more. Vol­un­teers from the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tives, state agen­cies, and the lo­cal com­mu­nity will work along­side the home­less vet­er­ans who re­side at MCVET on var­i­ous projects to help up­lift and re­vi­tal­ize the cen­ter.

In an ef­fort to pro­mote re­spon­si­ble stew­ard­ship of our en­vi­ron­ment and keep Mary­land’s shore­lines and beaches lit­ter-free, the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tives is or­ga­niz­ing a statewide wa­ter­way clean-up event for Mary­land’s wa­ter­ways, which will take place Septem­ber 14-15. With events tak­ing place in all 23 Mary­land coun­ties and Bal­ti­more City, one great ex­am­ple is an event spon­sored by the Kent Is­land Beach Clean Ups planned for Ter­rapin Beach on Septem­ber 15, which is also In­ter­na­tional Coastal Cleanup Day.

To fur­ther pro­mote the spirit of vol­un­teerism, Gov­er­nor Ho­gan has once again granted four hours of ad­min­is­tra­tive leave for state em­ploy­ees to par­tic­i­pate in a vol­un­teer ac­tiv­ity of their choice from Septem­ber 11 to Oc­to­ber 10. In ad­di­tion to the many state em­ploy­ees who will be par­tic­i­pat­ing as in­di­vid­u­als, sev­eral agen­cies plan to or­ga­nize projects through­out the state to en­cour­age em­ployee par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“We greatly ap­pre­ci­ate Gov­er­nor Ho­gan’s con­tin­ued sup­port of pro­mot­ing ser­vice and vol­un­teerism through­out the state,” said Steve McA­dams, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tives. “As our of­fice trav­els to meet with com­mu­ni­ties around Mary­land, we have seen first-hand the in­cred­i­ble im­pact vol­un­teerism can have by ad­dress­ing im­por­tant is­sues and build­ing last­ing bonds.”

New this year, the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tives an­nounced the, “Day to Serve Chal­lenge.” Vol­un­teers can par­tic­i­pate by up­load­ing pic­tures from their ser­vice ac­tiv­ity with the hash­tags “#MDDTS2018” and “#iServeMD” to Face­book and/or Twit­ter and “tag” three in­di­vid­u­als and/or or­ga­ni­za­tions with an in­vi­ta­tion to par­tic­i­pate. In­di­vid­ual(s) and/or or­ga­ni­za­tion(s) with the most likes on their post by Oc­to­ber 20 will win a spe­cial prize. Click here to learn more about the chal­lenge.

Past “Day to Serve” ser­vice events have var­ied from clean­ing up parks, streams, and beaches to cre­at­ing care pack­ages for mil­i­tary troops and feed­ing the hun­gry. Mary­lan­ders look­ing for vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties are en­cour­aged to check the Day to Serve event map pe­ri­od­i­cally, as events will con­tinue to be added. Vol­un­teer ser­vice event or­ga­niz­ers are re­quested to reg­is­ter events on the “Day to Serve” web­page.

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