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Thursday, September 01, 2011

USI receives grants for 9/11 Day of Service project

Contact for more information:
Brandi Schwartz
Marketing Coordinator
Outreach & Engagement
The University of Southern Indiana has received multiple grants that will be used throughout the fall semester to learn about, remember, and honor 9/11 through service and service learning. Funding includes a $1,000 from State Farm and Youth Service America, $2,000 from the Indiana Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and $1,000 from Indiana Campus Compact.

USI's Service Learning Program, Veterans Support Services, and the AmeriCorps Program in the Department of Social Work will use the funding for a project titled "Remembering Those Who Served." The project will raise awareness of the sacrifices made by those who serve and protect our community, honor 9/11 responders, develop a sense of community between different generations of people, educate students on the physical and emotional tasks soldiers and first responders endure, and assemble personal care packages for those serving overseas.

The week prior to the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, USI students and staff will visit local classrooms and after school programs to present information on 9/11 and prepare care packages.

A brunch for veterans and the public will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 11 in USI's University Center West. To attend brunch, participants should bring a care package donation. Items in need include canned food, chewing gum, candy, energy drinks, DVD's, CD's, lip balm, board games, paperback books, batteries, pens, notepads, and letters of support. Care package donations can also be dropped off in marked containers in USI's Division of Outreach and Engagement, Department of Social Work, and residence halls.

USI has also partnered with "A Day to Honor," a group in Fort Branch, Indiana, to sponsor additional events on September 11 in Fort Branch. Activities will begin at 1 p.m. and will include a parade, a 9/11 recognition program, lunch, and the assembly of care packages. Tickets to attend lunch are $10 or $15 for two and can be purchased by calling 812/753-4545. A cruise in, fireworks, and concerts featuring Sounds of Grace, Gina Moore from the Browne Sisters, Fort Branch GBC Worship Band with Jamie Rowe, Newburgh Old Dam Community Band, Linda Smith Band, and The Duke Boys will also take place.

For more information, contact the Service Learning Program at or 812/465-1203.

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